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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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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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Access now calls for an end to Pakistan’s firewall: 20 million silenced

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Access, global movement for digital freedom, have launched a campaign to pressure international companies not to bid for Pakistan’s pending firewall. Our partners, in the campaign, Business Human Rights Resource Centre , were able to get four international companies to commit not to apply for government’s proposal for a URL filtering and blocking system. However, we […]

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The Dangers of a Content Filtration System

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What would happen if a content filtration system such as the one The National ICT R&D Fund has advertised seeking proposals for were put in place? How would it affect the privacy of Internet users in Pakistan and what kinds of abuses would it invite? A discussion by a member on a social networking site sheds light […]

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Filtering Content on the Internet

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Block, ban, censor. These seem to be the only options ever considered by the Pakistan government when it comes to the Internet. Ever since the 2010 ban on Facebook was imposed and subsequently lifted, there were whispers about the government investing in filtration software. In 2010, a blanket ban was the only option since blocking […]