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PECB: Comparison of April’15, Sept’15 and Apr’16 versions

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On April 13, 2016, the National Assembly of Pakistan passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill. Take a look at our comparison of the April 2015, September 2015 and April 2016 versions of the bill here. PECB Comparison New by Bolo Bhi Download September 2015 version here: Download April 2016 version here: Take a look […]

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Opposition Comments on PECB

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The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB), after being passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on April 13, 2016, has now moved to the Senate. It is on tomorrow’s (May 17, 2016) Orders of the Day. We take a look at the commitments by those in opposition, to stop this bill from passing in its current […]

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Tracking HERstory

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Who were Fahmida Allahbuksh, Samia Sarwar, or Saima Waheed and why they were significant women in Pakistani history? What happened in Lahore in 1983? Why are women burning dupattas in that historical photograph of WAF members, and what exactly is WAF? Are there no empowering women in Pakistan other than Asma Jahangir or Mukhtar Mai? […]

JAC Calls upon Opposition Parties to Resist PECB on Floor of Assembly

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Joint Action Committee Calls upon Opposition Parties to Resist PECB on Floor of Assembly For Immediate Release April 10, 2016: The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) has been on the Orders of the Day twice during last week’s National Assembly session. Due to the focus on the Panama leaks, the House has been preoccupied […]

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Bolo Bhi challenges Section 9.8 of Telecom Policy in Court

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Bolo Bhi has amended its existing petition before the Islamabad High Court challenging the government and PTA’s powers to block content online, to include Section 9.8 of the Telecom Policy launched by the Ministry of IT in January 2016, which seeks to empower PTA with content management powers online. See: Application to amend plaint Application […]

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Apple versus FBI: The People versus The State

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In December 2015, an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorism suspects, Syed Rizwan Farooq was seized by the FBI. However, encryption technology has allegedly prevented the authorities from gaining access to its contents. On January 16, 2016, a federal magistrate in California requested Apple to create a program that would disable key security […]

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Archive: Bolo Bhi’s Petition Before IHC

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December 12, 2014: Soft Copy of Petition December 29, 2014: Petition Annexure December 29, 2014: 2006 Notification: Constituting document of the IMCEW from August 29, 2006 December 29, 2014: 2012 Policy directive issued to PTA March 30, 2015: Notification: IMCEW Denotified May 1, 2015: Bolo Bhi’s Rejoinder to Federal Government February 29, 2016: 1)    Application […]

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Down the Digital Security Lane

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With increased online activity, internet users are now more prone to cyber crimes. To ensure one’s digital safety, it’s important that people invest some time to secure their online presence in order to avoid prospective threats of cyber criminals. To help you with your online security, here’s a step by step guide to steer clear […]

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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 […]