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Response to Pakistan's submission to the 24th Human Rights Council on the importance of multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Sticky

Oct
02

Islamabad, October 02, 2013: At the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, during General Debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights, Pakistan, speaking on behalf of Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Russia, Indonesia, Bolivia, Iran, and China, expressed concerns regarding revelations of the use and abuse of advanced surveillance technologies by some States, in serious violation of the right to privacy and international law.

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Online surveillance becomes a priority for the Human Rights Council, as Pakistan joins the wrong side of the debate Sticky

Sep
25

Islamabad, September 25, 2013: This Friday, 27 September, marks the conclusion of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council, a session which has, for the first time, seen issues of internet surveillance in the spotlight. Privacy International and Bytes for All welcome the attention given at the Human Rights Council to this issue. However, we are concerned about developments which took place that threaten privacy rights and freedom of expression, especially because these alarming suggestions are masked as solutions to address the increase in State surveillance.

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PAKISTAN : A year after YouTube blocked, users still denied access (ENG/FRA) Sticky

Sep
17

Islamabad, September 17, 2013: It is a year to the day since the Pakistani authorities blocked access to the video-sharing platform YouTube on 17 September 2012 in response to the release of The Innocence of Muslims, a film considered blasphemous by many in the Muslim world.

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Facebook's secret censorship deal with the Pakistan government - an open letter Sticky

Jul
18

Islamabad, July 18, 2013: Bytes for All, Pakistan has just sent an Open Letter to Ms. Susan Morgan, Executive Director, Global Network Initiative (GNI) seeking her help and kind support to investigate the Facebook's secret censorship deal with the Pakistan government authorities.

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AlJazeera Website blocked for publishing Pakistan’s Bin Laden Dossier Sticky

Jul
08

Islamabad, July 09, 2013: Yesterday, on July 08, 2013, Bytes for All, Pakistan received several complaints from credible sources that the Internet users in Pakistan were unable to access prominent news website, Al-Jazeera. After verification and via our internal network throughout the country, we found these complaints to be true.

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UPDATES: PTA is adamant on blocking Internet in Pakistan Sticky

Jul
04

Lahore, July 4, 2013: National Security and Law & order situation continues to be the prime reason for the ban on YouTube in Pakistan. It was the 9th hearing of Pakistan Internet Freedom case (Bytes for All Vs. Federation of Pakistan) before the court of Honorable Justice Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah at the Lahore High Court.

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Pakistan's Internet Firewall: "O Pakistan, We Stand on Guard for Thee" Sticky

Jun
20
Islamabad, June 20, 2013: A new research report by Citizen Lab and Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan reveals that Pakistani authorities have developed an Internet Firewall using technology procured from Canadian service provider, Netsweeper
 
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Oral Statement delivered by Bytes for All, Pakistan at 23rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Sticky

Jun
14

Geneva, June 2013: Here is the text of Oral Statement delivered by Bytes for All, Pakistan at 23rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council under Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue. This statement was delivered on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and larger human rights movement in Asia Region.

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Internet Landscape of Pakistan: Big Brother controls, listens, watches

Jan
10

Karachi, January 10, 2014:  The first ever comprehensive report mapping Pakistan’s past, present and possible future online – “Pakistan’s Internet Landscape” – was launched today at Avari Towers, in Karachi. Jahanzaib Haque, Web Editor, The Express Tribune and author of the 28-page report presented the principle findings and recommendations highlighted in the research.

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Public │ private: Define your line. Shape your space. Take Back the Tech!

Nov
24

Islamabad, 24 November 2013: What is the line between private and public? Is it the home? The body? Is it about thoughts, relationships or spaces? What about the digital spaces that increasingly take up room in our lives?

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