Bytes for All urges government to clarify reports of mobile shutdown in Islamabad Sticky

Mar
11

Islamabad, March 11, 2015: Bytes for All, Pakistan is extremely concerned about an alleged order by Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), directing telecom service providers in the country to enforce an unprecedented 13 day suspension of mobile phone services in Islamabad. A reliable source within the telecommunication industry has told Bytes for All that the directive issued asks them to shut down mobile networks from March 11-23, 2015 within a 5 kilometer radius of the site for 23rd March National Day Parade.

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65 NGOs call on governments to support the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Sticky

Mar
07

Friday, March 06, 2015 (Via APC): The undersigned non-governmental organisations working to protect human rights write to encourage governments to support the creation of a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council (HRC) 28th ordinary session in March.

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GCHQ-NSA Intelligence Sharing Unlawful, says UK Surveillance Tribunal Sticky

Feb
06

London, February 06, 2015: British intelligence services acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s personal communications collected by the NSA, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled today. The decision marks the first time that the Tribunal, the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6, has ever ruled against the intelligence and security services in its 15 year history.

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Proposed media regulations are draconian: State propaganda and censorship not an answer to governance failures Sticky

Dec
30

Islamabad, December 30, 2014: Bytes For All is alarmed by the recommendations made by Pakistani parliamentary body that seeks to impose McCarthyism-style regulations on the media and Internet, in reaction to the December 16 Peshawar school attack.

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Death Penalty is a distraction from accountability and criminal justice reform Sticky

Dec
23

Islamabad, December 23, 2014:  Bytes for All is concerned about the apparent knee jerk reaction of the Government to the recent Peshawar tragedy, and calls for the development of a pro-human rights and effective counter-terrorism policy and accountability within its own ranks, instead of using the execution of death-row prisoners as a distraction from real solutions.  

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Investigatory Powers Tribunal finds GCHQ programme TEMPORA is in principle legal Sticky

Dec
05

London, December 5, 2014: The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) today followed its previous judgments in finding that UK security services’ may in principle carry out mass surveillance of all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK under RIPA, the 2000 law that pre-dates the modern internet:

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Update: 22nd Hearing of Internet Freedom Case - Youtube ban remains until review by the Supreme Court of Pakistan Sticky

Nov
20

Lahore, 20 November 2014: The 22nd hearing of Internet Freedom Case (aka YouTube case) was held at the Lahore high Court today. The hearing was presided over by Honorable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah along with Honorable Justice Ayesha Malik.  The Honorable Judges had summoned senior officials from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) following their counsel’s statement that they now have the technology to block the offensive video. However, during the hearing today, PTA reverted back to inform that no such technology exists to block access to the problematic video.  

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Update: 21st Hearing of Internet Freedom Case: Youtube ban remains focus of interest Sticky

Nov
19

Lahore, 19th November 2014: The 21st hearing of the Internet Freedom Case (aka YouTube case) was held at the Lahore high Court today. The hearing was presided over by Honorable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah along with Honorable Justice Ayesha Malik. Bytes for All appeared in the Lahore High Court again seeking remedies on the prayers other than Youtube unblocking in the country, while Supreme Court is reviewing its orders on YouTube ban. These prayers include stopping arbitrary censorship in the cyberspace and rampant Kill Switch and Network Disconnections in Pakistan. 

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[Press Release] Research Launch: Conflicting with the Constitution - Privacy Rights & Laws in Pakistan Sticky

Nov
13

Islamabad, November 13, 2014: Bytes for All has launched a new report titled, 'Conflicting with the Constitution - Privacy Rights & Laws in Pakistan.' This report surveys the state of laws and policies in Pakistan that are connected, directly or indirectly with the citizens’ right to privacy.

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Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in technology Sticky

Oct
30
Islamabad, October 30, 2014: Take Back The Tech! A collaborative campaign pioneered by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in 2006 has been honoured and won the ITU Award for gender equality in technology on October 28, 2014. 
 
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