Posted by | February 24, 2016
Apple versus FBI: The People versus The State

In December 2015, an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorism suspects, Syed Rizwan Farooq was seized by the FBI. However, encryption technology has allegedly prevented the authorities from...

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Posted by | March 24, 2015
The Upcoming PEMRA Amendment : A Step Back For Media Freedom

The media commission report —a Commission set up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan— released in April last year, made recommendations for media reform within Pakistan. The report suggested that...

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Posted by | February 8, 2014
Now Blocking in Pakistan: IPs and ‘Grey Traffic’

Over the last few years, Internet censorship and surveillance have been on the rise in Pakistan. International reports have pointed to the alleged presence of FinFisher (espionage and surveillance equipment)...

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Posted by | December 8, 2013
Crowdsourcing censorship: PTA Stepping Up “Content Blocking” In Pakistan

    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...

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Posted by | September 10, 2013
You Privacy is Your Right Not A Privilege

How I wish I got a penny for each time I heard the argument “.. but you see we don’t deserve freedom of speech because we are an intolerant lot.....

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Posted by | March 5, 2013
Why its important to call out abuse

I have thought about this for a while. The importance of calling out abuse when you witness it. It may seem like a simple solution, why not? if you witness abuse there should be no questions...

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Posted by | March 2, 2013
Remembering Shahbaz Bhatti: Stand Up in Peace

Today marks the second death anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti. In his memory and as a tribute to his work for minorities, I am republishing an article I wrote hours after...

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Posted by | January 10, 2013
Umar Kot Rape: Should Rape Survivor’s Identity Be Revealed?

Imagine this: A six year old girl is tortured, raped and thrown on the street. She spends a week at the hospital without proper healthcare, until human rights activists create...

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Posted by | November 30, 2012
To the Netizens of China, 致中国网民, From Pakistan

To the Netizens of China, 致中国网民, I am writing this letter to you on behalf of many Pakistani Internet users who are currently fighting their government’s attempt to restrict their...

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