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Bolo Bhi & ZABMUN 2014 Academic Partnership: Report

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The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology Model United Nations Society (ZABMUN) was initiated in 2007 and hosted its first national conference in 2008 with 450 delegates. ZABMUN 2014 was held from October 9-12, 2014 at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi, and it attracted over 1500 delegates. Bolo Bhi entered into an Academic […]

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What do Jennifer Lawrence’s Nudes Tell You About Privacy?

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This blog was first published in Dawn.   The internet was taken by storm when nude pictures of over a 100 celebrities were leaked and published on the internet. They are everywhere. Twitter is abuzz with  comments ranging from “don’t take pictures if you don’t want them to be public” to “how sharing or looking […]

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It’s Your Fault- A Pakistani Guide To Rape Culture

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This is the first of a two-part article on rape culture, how it exists in Pakistan, and how it can be dismantled Once again, the country is wracked with anger and shame over the gang-rape and murder of a girl in Layyah. The incident occurred less than a month after the brutal public murder of […]

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Access Is My Right – And I Paid For It Too!

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 We almost always associate access to the Internet with censorship, but never think of it in terms of connectivity itself. The very first step to accessing anything on the Internet requires an Internet connection – one that works! At some point or the other we have all complained about our Internet connections – for not […]

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Pakistan: The Chilling Effects of Twitter’s Country Witheld Content Tool

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Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, a  collaborative venture by law school clinics and the Electronic Frontier Foundation that collects and analyzes legal complaints about online activity, posted online five requests made to Twitter by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).  The requests were made between May 5-14, 2014 and cite the Pakistan Penal Code as legal justification for […]

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MoIT Says Will Only Comply With Court – But Has It?

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Last week, members of the Bolo Bhi team observed a session at the National Assembly, anticipating a resolution to unban YouTube to be tabled. Member of National Assembly MNA Shazia Marri (PPP) had tabled a resolution seeking to lift the ban on YouTube on April 1, however, it never made it to the agenda. She […]

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Facebook Transparency Report: Since When Is Criticism of the State Illegal in Pakistan?

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Facebook just published its second transparency report, revealing requests it receives from governments around the world for user data and content removal. The report introduces Facebook’s policy of dealing with government requests as “We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we […]

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Pakistan’s Internet Hall of Shame: 2013-2014

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  Blocking Gamers Access to networks such as Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Game Ranger has been denied, again without any reason or explanation offered to the public. There has been no news or updates since, and many believe that the blockade is accidental. The aforementioned networks are communication channels for gamers in order for […]