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Amendments to PECB in the National Assembly

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The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 has drawn opposition across parties. Below are amendments fielded by legislators from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Shazia Marri’s dissent note and amendments  MQM’s amendments submitted by Syed Ali Raza Abidi and signed by other MQM legislators PTI’s amendments submitted by […]

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YouTube launches .pk domain in Pakistan

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As of January 12, 2016, a .pk version of YouTube has been launched in Pakistan. This launch was announced on the Google Asia Pacific blog, and is part of a three-country launch: Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan. What is the specific nature of the agreement reached between the government of Pakistan and Google/YouTube to enable […]

Bolo Bhi Year In Review: 2015

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In 2015, Bolo Bhi worked on stopping the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (2015) from being passed into law in its current form; worked on gender issues including acid attacks; continued the oral history of the women’s movement in Pakistan; conducted digital security trainings with educational institutions and organizations; hearings on Bolo Bhi’s case challenging […]

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Archive: Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015-16

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January 25, 2018: Record of PECA Cases Before Courts in Karachi January 25, 2018: Recommendations on Rules Under PECA Submitted to Ministry of Interior and Planning Commission  April 10, 2017: PECA 2016 – Recommendations on Implementation and Oversight September 22, 2016: PECA 2016: Major Contentions re Speech and Privacy + Recommendations August 18, 2016: PECA assented […]

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Stop PECB: Write to Speaker, National Assembly

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Citizens of Pakistan have grave concerns regarding the government’s proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill. Despite reservations that have been raised at public forums, in the media and sent in writing addressed to the Standing Committee on IT, and through members of parliament, the bill has been approved a second time by the Standing Committee […]

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JAC Calls Upon Opposition Parties & Senate to Amend PECB15

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For Immediate Release August 21, 2015: On May 3, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on IT invited public input on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015, in writing via email, within seven days. On May 7, collectively, 10 organizations under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) submitted consolidated comments and requested a meeting. […]

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Entry #1: July 29, 2015

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About #SnooperDiaries: We read about Hacking Team and its involvement in Pakistan. And then the Privacy International report on surveillance in Pakistan. We of course knew about FinFisher already. So today, sitting around at the office, we at Bolo Bhi figured since we’re all being surveilled any way, why not make the jobs of our […]

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Resources on Filtering and Surveillance in Pakistan

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It comes as no surprise, especially after the Snowden revelations, that surveillance is taking place in Pakistan. Privacy International’s report only confirms what Bolo Bhi, like many others, have believed for a while now. In 2012, Citizen Lab published two reports pointing towards the presence of FinFisher and Netsweeper in Pakistan. In the same year, the […]

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Hacking Team in Pakistan

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On July 5, 2015, an unidentified group of hackers published 400 gigabytes worth of internal data from Italian company Hacking Team (HT), which for a long time has been accused of selling spyware and surveillance software to oppressive governments around the world. Hacking Team’s work in “lawful interception” allowed powerful regimes to actively silence and […]