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2014: Our Year in Review

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Take a look at what Bolo Bhi worked on in 2014 Click on a title and you will be taken to the post or report you want to read, or video you want to view Bolo Bhi Year in Review- 2014 from BoloBhiSlides

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Long Story Short: Blocking on the Internet

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Here’s the long story short on blocking on the Internet: 1) Internet is a passive medium – unless you make a conscious effort to access certain content, you don’t see it 2) In rare instances when you are confronted by content you don’t want to see i.e. something appears on your Facebook or Twitter feed, […]

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Hearing 2: Bolo Bhi’s Petition Challenging IMCEW

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The second hearing of Bolo Bhi’s case challenging the legality of the IMCEW was held before the Islamabad High Court on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Counsel for the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOITT) urged the court to vacate the stay order until the resolution of the case. However the honourable judge was of […]

Smart Spies – The Latest in Handheld Tech

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I love Facebook. It provides me with easy access to all my friends and colleagues; a platform to share some of my work, a forum to build new connections. In fact, many (my bosses and parents at the forefront) would argue I display an unhealthy addiction towards Facebook. Regardless, social connectivity for myself and many […]

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Cross Media Ownership & Media Reform

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If a democratic structure is to succeed and flourish, it is imperative that large-scale public involvement is maintained within the decision making apparatus of the State. In order to ensure individuals are capable of informed decision-making, it is necessary that a strong media institution exist within the state that has the capability of disseminating a […]

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Petition Annexure

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BEFORE THE ISLAMABAD HIGH COURT, ISLAMABAD W.P. NO. 4994/2014  WRIT PETITION UNDER ARTICLE 199 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN, 1973 READ ALONG WITH ALL OTHER ENABLING PROVISIONS OF THE LAW INDEX OF DOCUMENTS   DOCUMENT ANNEXURE     Notification of the Ministry of Information Technology dated 29.08.2006 B   Reports by the […]

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Some Disclosure At Last

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On December 12, 2014, Bolo Bhi filed a petition challenging the legality of the IMCEW. On December 15, our petition came up for a preliminary hearing before Justice Athar Minallah at the Islamabad High Court.  [Read details of hearing and petition here] Two documents obtained through our freedom of information requests were brought to the court’s […]

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Hearing 1: Bolo Bhi’s Petition Challenging IMCEW

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On December 12, 2014, Bolo Bhi filed a writ petition in the Islamabad High Court, challenging the legality of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Evaluation of Websites (IMCEW).  [More details in our press release here] The preliminary hearing was held on Monday, December 15, 2014 before Justice Athar Minallah. Bolo Bhi was represented through its legal counsel, […]

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State of IT Governance in Pakistan – A Report by Bolo Bhi

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Over the last two-and-a-half, years we at Bolo Bhi have engaged with government and non-government stakeholders on the issue of censorship in Pakistan, to find a way to minimize and end it. While much effort is spent on blocking and censoring content on the Internet in Pakistan, and conversation around it, we wanted to begin […]