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YouTube Ban: Where Do We Stand?

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This week, September 17, 2014, marked the two-year anniversary of YouTube in Pakistan. Banned in 2012, despite extensive court hearings and parliamentary resolutions in favour of lifting the ban, there still are no signs on the horizon of the ban being lifted any time soon. [Read more on NA resolution & Senate Human Rights Functional Committee […]

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The American Nightmare: Privacy Vs Security

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Benjamin Franklin, who is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of the nation that proudly sings the Star-Spangled Banner, once said, “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”   Moving the clock ahead by about three hundred years, we have the current President of the United States, […]

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Technology Experts Submit Report to the LHC in YouTube Case

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On an order dated March 13, 2014, the divisional bench hearing the ‘YouTube case’ issued directions Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOITT) to meet with four court-appointed technical experts from the private sector, the technical team of PTA and the Ministry to “evolve a joint strategy” to remove objectionable content from YouTube. […]

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The Government of Pakistan Must unban YouTube Now

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US court directs Google to remove Innocence of Muslims video based on the copyright claim by the actress A US appeals court in San Francisco has directed Google to remove Innocence of Muslims video on copyright grounds based on plea made by actress Cindy Lee Garcia. The actress claimed she was ‘duped’ into appearing in […]

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Letters To The Minister: Let us tell you about Youtube

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Ms. Anusha Rahman Minister of State For Information Technology & Telecom Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, 4th Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex, Aga Khan Road,F-5/1, Islamabad, Pakistan. Phone #: 051-9201990 Fax #: 051-9205233 As an organization that engages with multiple stakeholders, we feel it is our job to keep you informed and up-to-date with what […]

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Bolo Bhi’s Submissions to Court in YouTube Case

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Below is a list of documents Bolo Bhi’s Director Farieha Aziz (appointed amicus curiae in YouTube case on April 4, 2013) has submitted to court in the BytesforAll vs Federation ‘YouTube case’. We will keep updating this list as more submissions are made. April 12, 2013 1. YouTube to Remain Blocked in Pakistan 2. YouTube […]

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Bolo Bhi Amicus Reports on YouTube Case Hearings

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How do we address the problem of access denial in Pakistan? The dilemma authorities and now the court is faced with is this: on the one hand are sentiments that need to be respected; on the other are freedoms that also need to be protected. And this debate is currently ongoing at the Lahore High […]

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Twitter Banned in Pakistan

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Once again, Internet users in Pakistan have been slapped with a ban. Early in the day on May 20, 2012, Twitter users in Pakistan started encountering problems logging into their Twitter accounts. At first, Twitter was mostly inaccessible through browsers but accessible through applications on phones. It varied from one ISP to another as well as mobile […]