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Posted by | November 29, 2020
Analysis: Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Protection, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2020

On November 18, 2020, Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Protection, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2020, as published in the Extraordinary Gazette, were uploaded to the Ministry of Information...

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Posted by | October 15, 2020
The Silencing Act

“Women are harassed and so we must introduce a law to protect them,” went the PML-N narrative in favour of enacting the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), 2016. This line...

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Posted by | October 13, 2020
Surveillance, Interception and Evidence Gathering: Local Law and International Precedents

Contents of Research: 1. Local Law on Surveillance, Interception and Evidence Gathering A. The Investigation for Fair Trial Act, 2013 B. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 C. Scenarios...

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Posted by | September 25, 2020
PTA’s Banning Spree

  The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) is on a banning spree. Applications are the new frontier where PTA is waging the battle to safeguard the young people and morals of...

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Posted by | September 17, 2020
Toe the line

SOCIAL media was celebrated as an equalising force that strengthened democracy and empowered citizens, especially from marginalised groups, to have a voice and a tool that expanded accountability. Whereas most...

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Posted by | September 16, 2020
To men

The gang-rape of a woman on the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway in front of her children has shaken everyone. While men have sympathised and feel fearful for women they know – and...

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Posted by | September 11, 2020
Bolo Bhi in Media

October 6, 2020 - Samaa TV - Fake followers on social media and Disinformation October 02, 2020 - GeorgetownMSFS - Pandemic and World Order - Democracy and Governance Challenges...

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Posted by | August 31, 2020
Reimagining the internet

RECENT attempts to ban applications and the tradition of censoring content on the internet are rooted in a misunderstanding of the internet in policymaking and adjudication circles. There is a...

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Posted by | July 18, 2020
Bolo Bhi’s Policy Brief on Pakistan’s Internet Censorship Regime

Bolo Bhi traces content regulation over the years, starting with the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Evaluation of Websites (IMCEW) notified in 2006 to Section 37 of the Prevention of Electronic...

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Posted by | July 3, 2020
Government must tap the potential of e-sports in Pakistan instead of banning them

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on July 1 blocked the online game PUBG on grounds of complaints received by various segments of society citing it to be “addictive, wastage of time...

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