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JAC Calls Upon Opposition Parties & Senate to Amend PECB15

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For Immediate Release August 21, 2015: On May 3, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on IT invited public input on the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015, in writing via email, within seven days. On May 7, collectively, 10 organizations under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) submitted consolidated comments and requested a meeting. […]

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Joint Action Committee Submits Legal Redraft of PECB15

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On August 11, 2015, industry groups and digital and human rights organizations, under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee, submitted their proposed revisions on the government’s draft Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015. This was emailed to the NA Standing Committee on IT & Telecom’s secretary and will be followed up by posting hard […]

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Resources on Filtering and Surveillance in Pakistan

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It comes as no surprise, especially after the Snowden revelations, that surveillance is taking place in Pakistan. Privacy International’s report only confirms what Bolo Bhi, like many others, have believed for a while now. In 2012, Citizen Lab published two reports pointing towards the presence of FinFisher and Netsweeper in Pakistan. In the same year, the […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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’ […]