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Pul e Jawan building bridges in Af-Pak-India region using social media and technology

Apr
18

Islamabad, April 18, 2012: The Pul e Jawan Country Forum in Pakistan ended with a roaring success after trending two consecutive days on Twitterverse in Pakistan and much needed social media buzz on peace and security in Afghanistan-Pakistan-India region. Attended by 48 young journalists, youth leaders, social media enthusiasts, geeks and human rights defenders, the forum was organized by Bytes for All, Pakistan on 11-12 April 2012 in Islamabad.

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Pakistan Internet Filtering Scare: Citizens await answers

Mar
30

Islamabad, March 30, 2012: When the Government of Pakistan’s recent plans to initiate a mega countrywide Internet Filtering Project surfaced, Bytes for All, Pakistan initiated a major campaign protesting this unconstitutional decision, which is against civil liberties and democratic principles. Our protests were supported and amplified by similar national and international human rights organizations and concerned citizens, who joined in and demanded the restoration of unconditional internet freedom in the country.

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Call for Participation | Pule Jawan | A regional youth, peace, security & social media initiative

Mar
26

Pule Jawan literally means “Bridges of Youth” in Dari, Urdu and Hindi. The aim of Pule Jawan is to transform the conflict in South Asia by highlighting youth perspectives on common challenges and aspirations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Pule Jawan provides a platform to discuss issues usually ignored in the debate about security, economy and society in the region. It aims to create a paradigm shift in the discussions about peace and reconciliation in our region by sharing success stories and bringing together the youth in online and offline spaces.

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Communication siege in Balochistan to mark Pakistan Day 2012

Mar
25

Islamabad, March 25, 2012: Pakistan celebrates one of its national days on 23 March also known as Pakistan Day. This year, unfortunately, the day was marred with oppression against its own people in Balochistan. While the entire country was celebrating a historic milestone in Pakistan’s inception, chaos struck Balochistan, the southern province of the country.

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Internet in Shackles: an alarming attack on Pakistan's nascent democracy!

Mar
17

Islamabad – Saturday, March 17, 2012: Today, the democratic government of Pakistan is celebrating its achievements, when President of Pakistan made his fifth consecutive speech to the joint session of Parliament in the federal capital Islamabad. On this important day, it is extremely disappointing to note that despite severe criticism, Government is going ahead and continuing with its plans to filter the internet in Pakistan.

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Locking up the Cyberspace in Pakistan

Feb
24

Islamabad, Friday, February 24, 2012: The Government of Pakistan has repeatedly exhibited the obsession to lock up the Pakistani cyberspace at every given chance. The reasons for doing so are myriad and diverse, but mostly, they revolve around the same unjustifiable excuses like upholding national security, war on terror and/or religious morality.

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Bytes for All & ARTICLE 19 review Pakistan Telecommunications (Re-organization) Act 1996

Feb
23

Islamabad: February 23, 2012: In January 2012, Bytes for All, Pakistan team worked with legal experts at ARTICLE 19 for the analysis of the provisions of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act, 1996 (with 2006 amendments) to assess their compatibility with international standards relating to the rights to freedom of expression and information and privacy.

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Moral Policing by TV Reality Shows

Jan
26

Islamabad, 26 January 2012: Pakistani television channel Samaa TV has recently joined the moral policing bandwagon with a show called "Subah Saweray Maya kay Sath". Briefly, the show carries various themes, however, one criminal aspect of the show is blatant violation of the citizens’ right to privacy, to say the least.

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Secure Journalists Programme

Dec
30

Pakistan is a developing country, which is ranked among the most populated, and to an extent an extremely important role player in shaping the last decade. Not only has it undergone drastic changes from within since the start of War on Terror, but it has also become of core importance in reflecting itself as a model target of complex present day ideological warfare and radicalization.

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Kathmandu Statement on the Internet and Freedom of Expression

Dec
09

We, participants in the South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression, having met in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 2-4 November 2011 to deliberate on the state of freedom of expression in our region in the digital age, and coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Considering the importance of social media and the Internet to the growth and advancement of democracy in our region,

Have adopted the following resolution:

Access to the Internet

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