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Brief History of Companies Profiting from Censorship

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Background: ‘Firms Aided Libyan Spies’, Wall Street Journal: August 30, 2011, article here ‘Spy Companies & Their Authoritarian Customers, Part 1: FinFisher And Amesys’, Electronic Frontier Foundation: February 16, 2012, article here FAST COMPANY article ‘The Surveillance Market and Its Victimes’, Bloomberg – Wired for Repression: December 20, 2011, article here “Mass interception of entire populations […]

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Protecting Your Privacy Online

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Every now and then there’s an uproar about Facebook’s ever-changing privacy policy and how users’ privacy settings automatically change as a result. Facebook started off with making sure others had restricted access to you. People couldn’t search you if you didn’t want them to. They couldn’t view your profile picture. They could not “friend” you. […]

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Smile Again!

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I first met Salma at a school-turned relief camp in Hyderabad. We were there to distribute rations and Eid gifts for children a day before Eid. The thought of seeing a smile on the children’s faces at the sight of new clothes, shoes and bangles kept us restless for days, until we finally began the […]

National URL Filtering & Blocking System

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    PRESS KIT On Wednesday, the 22nd of February, the ICT R&D Fund under the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT), announced through newspapers and their website a Request For Proposal (RFP) for national “URL filtering and blocking system”. The RFP requires that: “Each [filtering] box should be able to handle a block list of […]

Pakistan: Stop The Firewall!

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On Wednesday, the 22nd of February, the ICT R&D fund under the Ministry of Information Technology, announced through newspapers and on their website, a request for proposal for a national “URL filtering and blocking system”. As an organization with core focus on policy, we at Bolo Bhi, wrote a letter to IT Ministry on behalf […]

Call for Transparency on Proposal

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sana Saleem CEO- Bolo Bhi Email: sana@bolobhi.org http://bolobhi.org Civil Society Demand Transparency From IT Ministry on Proposal for URL filtering and Blocking Press Release On Wednesday, the 22nd of February, the ICT R&D Fund under the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT), announced through newspapers and on their website, a request for proposal (RFP) […]

Censorship is big business, it should not be

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Authoritarian regimes around the world have used surveillance to regulate and control public spheres. Western surveillance tools have empowered the repression. We need to stop censorship from being big business. We cannot allow these companies to continue to threaten the open internet and profit from it. The latest chapter in this episode is Pakistan. This […]