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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 […]

Pakistan’s Cybercrime Bill 2015: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Breath

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UPDATE: Bill has not been approved. Chairman NA Standing Committee on IT has formed a 4-member committee of MNAs to review and amend it within 14 days and finalize. Today, on February 4, 2015, proposed cybercrime legislation ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015′ was approved by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology. This […]

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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 […]

Big-Brother

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

Posted · Add Comment

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 […]

Pakistan’s Cybercrime Bill 2015: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Breath

Posted · Add Comment

UPDATE: Bill has not been approved. Chairman NA Standing Committee on IT has formed a 4-member committee of MNAs to review and amend it within 14 days and finalize. Today, on February 4, 2015, proposed cybercrime legislation ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015′ was approved by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology. This […]

surveillance

In Search of Utopia

Posted · Add Comment

  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 […]

Ghausia- China Post

Digital Fortress: From China to Pakistan

Posted · Add Comment

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 […]

Internet-Troll

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

Posted · Add Comment

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’ […]

privacy

Netsweeper in Use in Pakistan

Posted · Add Comment

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’

Posted · 6 Comments

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 […]