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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Pioneering research launched on tech driven violence against women in Pakistan Sticky

Sep
29
Islamabad September 29, 2014: Technology based violence is exposing women to the entire spectrum of conceivable harms in Pakistan. Victims of technology based violence have suffered physical violence ranging from rape to attempted assassination, psycho-social harms and loss of development opportunities. This was revealed in a research report launched by Bytes for All, Pakistan in Islamabad. The report can be downloaded from here.
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Loss of privacy is always permanent - Snags in hearing of FinFisher case at Lahore High Court Sticky

Aug
22

Islamabad, August 20, 2014: While Digital Surveillance is increasingly becoming a concern among common citizens all over the world, the hearing for a public interest litigation case is continuously hitting snags at Lahore High Court.

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GCHQ on Trial: What to Know? Sticky

Jul
14
London, Monday 14, 2014: From Monday 14 to Friday 18 July, the British intelligence agencies and the Ministers responsible for them will be under the spotlight in an historic case to determine whether GCHQ's mass communications surveillance activities are a violation of Britain's human rights obligations.
 
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UN encourages community responses to online hatred in new report - APC and Bytes for All, leaders in promoting access and safe online spaces Sticky

Jun
27

Geneva, June 26, 2014: A new UN report discussed in Geneva on 25 June 2014, cites the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Bytes for All, Pakistan as leaders in working to protect freedom of expression online, strengthen the digital security of human rights defenders and end gender-based violence online.

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A Human Rights Mechanism for South Asia - National Workshop Sticky

Jun
08

Lahore, June 09, 2014: Given the common human rights challenges faced by all South Asian States, there is an urgent need for a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism. We are very pleased to share the news of National Workshop on Building Consensus for South Asia Human Rights Mechanism being organized in collaboration with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), HRCP and Bytes for All in Lahore on 9-10 June 2014.

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Press Release: Bytes For All launches Hate Speech: A study of Pakistan’s cyberspace Sticky

Jun
07
Karachi, June 07, 2014: The uncontrolled spread of hate speech on the Internet and social media is reaching dangerous levels, threatening society on many levels. The first detailed research into online hate speech in the Pakistan context – “Hate speech: A study of Pakistan’s cyberspace” – was launched today at Avari Towers, in Karachi. 
 
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