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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 […]

Twelve Leading Civil Society Organizations Join Alliance For Access

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07/11/2013 Karachi:  Aurat Foundation, Baanhn Beli, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives(CPDI), Civic Action Resources, Institute for Research Advocacy & Development (IRADA), Centre For Governance & Public Accountability (CGPA), Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Freedom Network Peshawar, Individual Land,  Punjab Lok Sujag & Sustainable Educational & Environmental Development Balochistan (SEED)  & SHEHRI are thrilled to announce […]

Twelve Leading Civil Society Organizations Join Alliance For Access

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07/11/2013 Karachi:  Aurat Foundation, Baanhn Beli, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives(CPDI), Civic Action Resources, Institute for Research Advocacy & Development (IRADA), Centre For Governance & Public Accountability (CGPA), Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Freedom Network Peshawar, Individual Land,  Punjab Lok Sujag & Sustainable Educational & Environmental Development Balochistan (SEED)  & SHEHRI are thrilled to announce that […]

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Cost of the ban

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As published by Dawn Magazine Special Report on 20th Oct’2013  Never mind that it is morally wrong. Never mind that it infringes upon people’s constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression. Never mind that it is a Canute-like futile attempt to command the tides to turn back. If there is one reason why the government’s […]

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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 […]