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So What Do You Know About The YouTube Ban?

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Hey there! So you think you’re awesome, the internet generation. You’ve got your torrents figured out, know all the shortcuts to hide facebook at the sight of your boss & what’s that about pumping the best music on your ipod?   We’ve got a short quiz just for you, so what do you know about […]

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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 […]

One Step Forward In Curbing NSA’s Mass Surveillance

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20/06/2014 Karachi:  Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Massie-Lofgren Amendment stopping its notorious National Security Agency from conducting warrantless surveillance. NSA recently received a lot of criticism after it’s mass surveillance programme, PRISM, was revealed to the public by Edward Snowden who sought asylum in Russia. With 293 ayes, 123 nays and […]

Twitter Reverses Blocking Decision Amid Criticism

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18.06.2014 Karachi: Twitter announced, today, that it is restoring access to content it earlier blocked on request of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), ‘in the absence of additional clarifying information from Pakistani authorities’.  The official announcement states that Twitter re-examined the requests and decided that the reasons provided by authorities were insufficient. It is not about […]

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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 […]