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June 11, 2014: Representatives of Bolo Bhi and MOITT attend hearing at Federal Ombudsman’s office Re: Internet Surveillance  On February 12, 2014, Bolo Bhi filed Freedom of Information requests, directed at the Ministry of Information Technology, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and Pakistan Telecommunications Corporation Limited (PTCL).  The requests were filed under the Freedom of Information […]

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June 3, 2014: Federal Ombudsman Calls Hearing With MOITT On May 18, 2014, Bolo Bhi sent a letter to the Federal Ombudsman stating we found MOITT’s non-provision of information citing Section 8 part e, f and i in response to our FOI requests non-satisfactory. In a letter dated June 3, 2014, the Federal Ombudsman’s office called […]

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Technology Experts Submit Report to the LHC in YouTube Case

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On an order dated March 13, 2014, the divisional bench hearing the ‘YouTube case’ issued directions Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOITT) to meet with four court-appointed technical experts from the private sector, the technical team of PTA and the Ministry to “evolve a joint strategy” to remove objectionable content from YouTube. […]

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Submission to Court in YouTube Case: May 13, 2014

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Date: May 13, 2014 Writ Petition 958­2013: BytesforAll vs Federation Lahore High Court Submitted to: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah & Justice Atir Mahmood Honourable Sirs, Below is a summary of the discourse that has taken place in court over the last year, on lifting the ban on YouTube, and input that has been gathered […]

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Netsweeper in Use in Pakistan

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There is a strong reason to believe now that the traffic for our gateways is being managed by Netsweeper. The research revolves around one of the key gateways that handles network traffic for Karachi, namely the following server: khi77.pie.net.pk (202.125.134.154) From within Pakistan, any attempt to access this server results in an access block. However, when […]

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To Block or Not to Block: YouTube

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This article was originally published in Newsline’s September 2013 issue “We’ve taught YouTube a lesson by banning it and forcing Google to lose out on revenue in Pakistan because it did not remove the video.” This was the populist response to the ban, which is now almost a year long, on the video-sharing platform. But […]

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The Government of Pakistan Must unban YouTube Now

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US court directs Google to remove Innocence of Muslims video based on the copyright claim by the actress A US appeals court in San Francisco has directed Google to remove Innocence of Muslims video on copyright grounds based on plea made by actress Cindy Lee Garcia. The actress claimed she was ‘duped’ into appearing in […]

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Pakistan’s Internet BANwagon: A Documentary by Bolo Bhi

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Over the last year, Bolo Bhi has spoken to multiple people – entrepreneurs, startups, industry professionals, legal and technical experts, and policymakers – on the issue of Internet censorship and policymaking in the ICT sector. Find here what they have to say. Watch Pakistan’s Internet BANwagon a documentary by Bolo Bhi, featuring policymakers and industry professionals. […]

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Blocking of YouTube: What’s Legal, What’s Not

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Published in the January 2014 edition of the All Pakistan Law Decisions Journal Section, “Why the YouTube Ban is Illegal and Undesirable” by lawyer Babar Sattar, discusses the legality of the YouTube ban and actions of authorities involved, including their mandate and role. It discusses how their actions correspond with fundamental rights – or don’t […]

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Minister, We the People Need to be Heard

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We believe it is necessary for the government to include citizens in the policy-making process. As the government devises policies concerning our online spaces, netizens views need to be taken into account. We believe in communicating reasonably, our point of view to the Minister and the Ministry. We the people need to be heard. Whether […]