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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 […]

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 Act 2016

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May 20, 2019: Note on the Implementation of PECA – submitted to NA Standing Committee on Human Rights May 9, 2019: Record of Petitions Against FIA, PTA and PECA April 16, 2019: Timeline: Summons, Enquiries, FIRs, Detentions and Arrests In Connection with Social Media Posts | Timeline PDF December 31, 2018: Record of PECA Cases Before Courts in […]

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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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Bolo Bhi Digital Security Training at Children’s Literature Festival, Islamabad ’15

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Bolo Bhi representatives Farieha Aziz and Hija Kamran conducted digital security training sessions with teachers and students at the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) and Teachers’ Literature Festival (TLF) in Islamabad from October 1 to 3, 2015. The sessions were geared to increase awareness of the harm the internet can cause and how to avoid falling […]