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Internet of Things: Savior or Surveillant?

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Looking back 20 years from now, who would’ve thought anything like the internet would ever exist? Days when the most convenient source of communication were landlines and the only way to socialise was to sit together and talk. But today, everything is connected through the internet. People are addicted to it, feel life without 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 […]

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PECB2015: Consolidated Comments & Request for Public Hearing Submitted

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As per the official call for public input on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 issued by Chairman NA Standing Committee on IT, the Joint Action Committee on May 7, 2015, submitted consolidated comments aggregated by input from citizens, industry and media. This can be viewed here: Request for Public Hearing and Consolidated Comments […]

Bolo Bhi’s Meeting and Our Call-To-Action On Cybercrime Bill

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A meeting was held at The Nest I/O in Karachi on April 17th, 2015, facilitated by the Bolo Bhi team, consisting of Director Sana Saleem, Program and Outreach Manager Madiha Latif, Gender & Tech Research Associate Ghausia Rashid Salam, and Research Associate Yelmaz Mujtaba. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the government’s proposed […]

The Cybercrime Bill and Our Call-To-Action

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As of this morning, the NA Standing Committee on IT approved and passed the cybercrime bill i.e PECB2015. This was despite reservations and a press conference we held yesterday to raise the issue. The bill now moves to the floor of the assembly. You can access the version that has been passed here. (See number […]

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Press Conference: Joint Action Committee on Cyber Crime Bill 2015

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A joint press conference was held at the National Press Club in Islamabad on April 15, 2015, addressed by Wahaj us Siraj, Convenor Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK), Farieha Aziz, Director Bolo Bhi, Syed Ahmad, Spokesman Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) and Khwaja Saad Saleem, Vice President ISPAK. The purpose of this press […]

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What’s Brewing: Pakistan Government’s Proposed Cybercrime Law

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We believe we have obtained a version of the government’s modified cybercrime bill. Background: ISPAK (Internet Service Providers Association), P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) and the Ministry of IT & Telecommunications, after consultations agreed to a stakeholder draft (please note though no civil society organization or members were privy to this). This was then sent […]