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Archive: Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015-16

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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 by the President – Gazette of Pakistan August 11, 2016: PECB as passed by NA August 10, 2016: Letter to Speaker NA on PECB by Farieha Aziz […]

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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 […]

Internet.org Violates Net Neutrality, Privacy and Freedom of Access

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As Internet.org prepares to launch in Pakistan, Bolo Bhi would like to reiterate its concerns regarding the platform. On an open Internet, users should be able access all content, applications and services without any discrimination. Internet.org defies the concept of open and secure access and, instead, construes  access for the impoverished as a justification for violating […]

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UPDATE: Meeting On Pakistan’s Electronic Crime Bill

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Update on today’s meeting: When we found out that the invitation to today’s standing committee on IT meeting had been further restricted to 5 people and all JAC members had been discluded except our Director Farieha Aziz (the committee itself decided I should represent JAC as you might have seen in the papers), we decided […]

Citizens and Industry Refute IT Minister’s Statements & Demand Proper Public Hearing

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  PEC Bill/2015:  INDUSTRY AND CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISTS STRONGLY REFUTE IT STATE MINISTER’S DELIBERATE DISTORTIONS AND ALLEGATIONS AND DEMAND PUBLIC HEARING 20 May 2015   We, the Joint Action Committee on the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 (PECB) & Alliance For Access, reject and take strong exception to statements made by Minister of State for […]