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 a parallel conversation on the potential the Internet and ICT space in Pakistan hold, and how much energy and effort is spent on improving aspects that can foster growth, invite investment and create opportunities.We decided to interview various industry professionals (whose views are included in the following pages) to gain perspective on how this sector has evolved, what is working and what needs to be fixed. These interviews were conducted during January 2014, after which we compiled and updated this report. At the end of each section are recommendations by industry experts.
From the evolution of the Internet in Pakistan to where it stands today, we have tried to cover all aspects and intend for this report to be a conversation starter, not the final word on the state of IT Governance in Pakistan. There might be events that have taken place after the finalization of this report, or views with which there isn’t consensus. And we invite feedback from everyone who reads through this report.
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About The Author
Farieha Aziz is a Karachi-based, APNS-awardwinning journalist. She is a co-founder and Director at Bolo Bhi. She has a masters in English literature. She worked with Newsline from July 2007-January 2012 and taught literature to grades 9-12. She served as an amicus curiae in a case filed in the Lahore High Court in 2013, challenging the ban on YouTube, and is currently a petitioner on behalf of Bolo Bhi in a case filed in the Islamabad High Court challenging government's censorship on the Internet and the powers of the regulator. She can be found on Twitter: @FariehaAziz and reached via email: email@example.com