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The Pakistan Penal Code and Online Content

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In April 2014, Facebook released its second transparency report. This showed that they had complied with a Pakistan government request for restriction of content on the basis of ‘criticism of the state’ in compliance with ‘local law’ (see report here). [See also Facebook Transparency Report: Since When is Criticism of the State Illegal in Pakistan] […]

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Access Is My Right Survey Report

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In July 2014, Bolo Bhi launched a survey to collate the opinion of Internet users in Pakistan about their experience with their Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The aim of this survey was to gauge the quality of service consumers were getting – what they signed up for versus what they are actually getting. The below […]

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Of Legal Theory & Pakistani Politics

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James Madison, an American statesman, a political theorist and fourth President of the United States of America from 1809 to 1817 once stated: “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or […]

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Submission to Court in YouTube Case: May 13, 2014

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Date: May 13, 2014 Writ Petition 958­2013: BytesforAll vs Federation Lahore High Court Submitted to: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah & Justice Atir Mahmood Honourable Sirs, Below is a summary of the discourse that has taken place in court over the last year, on lifting the ban on YouTube, and input that has been gathered […]

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MoIT Says Will Only Comply With Court – But Has It?

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Last week, members of the Bolo Bhi team observed a session at the National Assembly, anticipating a resolution to unban YouTube to be tabled. Member of National Assembly MNA Shazia Marri (PPP) had tabled a resolution seeking to lift the ban on YouTube on April 1, however, it never made it to the agenda. She […]

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Netsweeper in Use in Pakistan

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There is a strong reason to believe now that the traffic for our gateways is being managed by Netsweeper. The research revolves around one of the key gateways that handles network traffic for Karachi, namely the following server: khi77.pie.net.pk (202.125.134.154) From within Pakistan, any attempt to access this server results in an access block. However, when […]

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To Block or Not to Block: YouTube

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This article was originally published in Newsline’s September 2013 issue “We’ve taught YouTube a lesson by banning it and forcing Google to lose out on revenue in Pakistan because it did not remove the video.” This was the populist response to the ban, which is now almost a year long, on the video-sharing platform. But […]

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Blocking of YouTube: What’s Legal, What’s Not

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Published in the January 2014 edition of the All Pakistan Law Decisions Journal Section, “Why the YouTube Ban is Illegal and Undesirable” by lawyer Babar Sattar, discusses the legality of the YouTube ban and actions of authorities involved, including their mandate and role. It discusses how their actions correspond with fundamental rights – or don’t […]

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Crowdsourcing censorship: PTA Stepping Up “Content Blocking” In Pakistan

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In a newspaper ad published today, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority issued a public notice mainly advertising their complaint cell & asking users report URLs containing content that falls under the category of “pornography, blasphemy & religious abuse..”. As the ad suggests the complaint cell was established in 2006 & has been functional since. The ad in itself […]

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Submissions to Court by Others in YouTube Case

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Listed below are submissions made by other parties in the on-going YouTube case being heard at the Lahore High Court. July 4, 2013 Khurram Zafar (amicus): Lifting the YouTube Ban in Pakistan – A Possible Solution Google’s response to court through MoITT (was provided to be submitted on July 4 but was not discovered in case […]