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In Search of Utopia

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  The author of this post spent a countless amount of time staring at the screen, contemplating a possible topic for a post, his mind wandering from Edward Snowden to Robin Williams to Krispy Kreme to Red Alert: Yuri’s Revenge. Having unsuccessfully decided on a topic, the author instead decided to pen his thoughts on [...]

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Digital Fortress: From China to Pakistan

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In 1994, when the internet age arrived in China, President Jiang Zemin believed that the world was moving towards a new age where technology and information would be of utmost importance and would provide the impetus for progress. That acted as an incentive to begin incorporating technology to uplift China’s booming economy. But as Deng [...]

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Top Seven Ways To Deal With Trolls That Are Better Than Blocking the Internet

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Mr. Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjhahas, the Parliamentary Secretary of Information & Broadcasting, recently made an all too popular  statement regarding social media, and problems that are common for users worldwide. Commenting on the misuse of social media by “online miscreants”, Mr. Ranjhahas said that the government would formulate a policy to deal with ‘false information’ [...]

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Netsweeper in Use in Pakistan

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There is a strong reason to believe now that the traffic for our gateways is being managed by Netsweeper. The research revolves around one of the key gateways that handles network traffic for Karachi, namely the following server: khi77.pie.net.pk (202.125.134.154) From within Pakistan, any attempt to access this server results in an access block. However, when [...]

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Now Blocking in Pakistan: IPs and ‘Grey Traffic’

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Over the last few years, Internet censorship and surveillance have been on the rise in Pakistan. International reports have pointed to the alleged presence of FinFisher (espionage and surveillance equipment) and Netsweeper (filtering and blocking equipment) in the country.  In recent months, Internet users have faced service disruptions – slow Internet speed as well the [...]

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Dissecting Proposed Cybercrime Legislation: A First Look

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Introduction: An article published in yesterday’s Dawn provided great detail of a cybercrime legislation drafted by Akram Sheikh Associates, commissioned by the government. Following are some initial and immediate concerns that the proposed legislation raises. Conclusion: The proposed legislation does not reflect a clear understanding of digital space or medium, and lacks adequate safeguards that [...]

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A surveillance state or what?

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As published by Dawn Magazine Special Report on 20th Oct’2013  They say they’re lifting the ban on YouTube. The government has apparently come up with a brilliant plan so that just that silly video, The Innocence of Muslims, is blocked, and we can enjoy the rest of the gazillions of videos in peace. What is [...]

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The big ban theory

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As published by Dawn Magazine Special Report on 20th Oct’2013  They say they’re lifting the ban on YouTube. The government has apparently come up with a brilliant plan so that just that silly video, The Innocence of Muslims, is blocked, and we can enjoy the rest of the gazillions of videos in peace. What is [...]

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Why the youtube ban is bad for you

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As published by Dawn Magazine Special Report on 20th Oct’2013  “There was life before YouTube you know” … say those trying to smooth my ruffled feathers when I express frustration at not being able to access it. Quite true … but the same is true of life before cars or television or the light bulb [...]