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Federal Minister for IT Slaps Nationwide Twitter Ban on Pakistani Citizens

May
20

Islamabad - May 20, 2012: It is despicable to note that once again, Government of Pakistan has managed to block yet another social networking website Twitter. This is one important communication channel, which was being used by citizens in Pakistan and turning out to be a major platform for free expression and alternate political discourse in the country. In the recent past, blocking Youtube, Facebook and several other websites is already to the credit of this government.

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Resolution against threats of abduction, forced marriage, denial of education to women

May
10

Karachi, 10 May 2012: The eNGO network stands in solidarity against the dual threats of abduction and forced marriages issued on 5 May 2012 by Maulvi Abdul Haleem, a former Majlis-e-Amal MNA from Kohistan, to women working in non-governmental organisations.

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eNGO Network for Internet freedom, privacy rights and strategic use of technology by feminists

Apr
25

Islamabad/Karachi: 25 April 2012: Bytes for All, Pakistan, and RYSe (Reclaim Your Space) have launched a countrywide eNGO Network — a digital consortium of grassroots NGOs and non-profit organisations in the country.

Bytes For All, Pakistan, is a human rights organisation that focuses on the strategic use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in advocacy for internet freedom, digital security, freedom of expression; and its flagship programme, the globally-acclaimed Take Back The Tech campaign.

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Bytes for All endorses APC statement: We denounce attack on anonymous online speech by US government

Apr
20

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and its members network strongly denounce recent actions by US Federal Authorities that threaten a democratic internet, silencing hundreds of users around the world for the misuse of anonymous internet services by one person. This week, three politically-progressive internet service providers and hundreds of their users were attacked by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for supporting the use of the internet by anonymous users.

From their joint press release:

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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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