PTA Says It Does Not Conduct Surveillance

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7/05/2014:  The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has responded to Bolo Bhi’s request for information regarding surveillance equipment and list of blocked websites. Responding to the requests, the PTA has distanced itself from surveillance, saying it does not carry out surveillance on the internet. PTA was specifically asked for presence of surveillance equipment in Pakistan. According to […]

Freedom Online Coalition Must Hold Canadian Government Responsible

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At Bolo Bhi and Digital Rights Foundation we have had a long-standing commitment to working alongside the Freedom Online Coalition on the principles and commitment to fight restrictions on the internet. We believe that forums like Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) are important in engaging with Governments and following up on our commitment to open and […]

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Who is the Control Freak in the Cyberspace

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The internet cannot be controlled by any one country, despite the best efforts of several governments. As the Snowden leaks reveal, State efforts to control the cyberspace can quickly turn into massive surveillance programmes that infringe on individual rights; a phenomenon quite familiar to Pakistan. Since 2006, authorities in Pakistan have intermittently blocked social media websites such […]

Dailymotion Must Operate in Pakistan Without Compromising Rights of Internet Users

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Karachi 26/04/14: As reported by the Express Tribune, the “Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) [has] announced bringing video-sharing website Dailymotion to Pakistan.” However, we take strong exception to the expressed intent with which it is being launched and the statement made by Dailymotion’s VP Distribution and Business Development, Vincent Martin: “Dailymotion would also make the […]

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Facebook Transparency Report: Since When Is Criticism of the State Illegal in Pakistan?

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Facebook just published its second transparency report, revealing requests it receives from governments around the world for user data and content removal. The report introduces Facebook’s policy of dealing with government requests as “We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we […]

Bolo Bhi Files RTI Request Seeking Disclosure On Filtering Equipment

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Bolo Bhi has filed Right to Information (RTI) requests to inquire about surveillance and web filtering equipment reportedly acquired by the Government of Pakistan. The RTI seeks information regarding specific laws under which surveillance & filtering equipment has been acquired. We have asked for information such as purchase orders, cost of equipment, gazette notifications, and […]

Alliance for access condemns attack on express media office

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Press freedom organization Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) joins Alliance for Access, a nationwide coalition of  civil society organizations, corporations, media houses, telecommunication companies, academics, and student groups to promote open access in Pakistan,  in condemning the attack on Express News office in Karachi. This is the second attack on the Express media offices in four […]

ISPAK joins Alliance for Access

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8/11/2013 Karachi: Bolo Bhi is delighted to announce that the Internet Service Providers Association Of Pakistan (ISPAK) has joined Alliance for Access. After 12 leading civil society organizations and the Express Media Group joined the alliance, ISPAK is the first industry association to have joined the alliance. Alliance for Access is an initiative of Bolo Bhi, a research-backed advocacy group […]