A meeting was held at The Nest I/O in Karachi on April 17th, 2015, facilitated by the Bolo Bhi team, consisting of Director Sana Saleem, Program and Outreach Manager Madiha Latif, Gender & Tech Research Associate Ghausia Rashid Salam, and Research Associate Yelmaz Mujtaba.
The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the government’s proposed cybercrime bill and it’s ramifications for civil society, academia, the IT industry, the business sector, journalists, and ordinary citizens.
Participants at the discussion raised concerns about the impact of the bill on various aspects of ordinary life, such as the impact on local coders and whitehat hackers.
Two major outcomes of the meeting were as follows;
- General consensus that Pakistan needs a cybercrime law, but that current form of the bill must not be allowed to pass into law without citizen and stakeholder input.
- #StopOperationJahalat, a social media campaign was launched to demand transparency and citizen input on the proposed cybercrime bill.
Sign this e-petition asking legislators to make the bill public and seek public input here
This bill and an analysis can be viewed here
See also our resource doc on the proposed cybercrime bill
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