New Report: Cyber armies, judicial activism and enforced disappearances - emerging threats for Internet freedoms in Pakistan Sticky

Dec
20

ISLAMABAD, (December 20, 2017): Bytes for All, Pakistan is highly concerned over the emerging threats to the Internet landscape in the country. The emerging threats range from arbitrary administrative shutdowns, misplaced judicial activism against Internet freedoms, rise of cyber armies, enforced disappearances of activists and abuse of cyber-crime laws. 

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New Report: How Pakistan blocked news outlets, social media sites, and IM apps amidst protests Sticky

Nov
29

Islamabad, November 29, 2017: Last weekend, a number of social media sites and news outlets were blocked in Pakistan during Islamist protests. Protesters gathered in Islamabad alleged that Mr. Zahid Hamid, the Federal Law Minister, should be removed from his position because he omitted a reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.

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Pakistan: Blocking information channels can never be a solution, it is always a problem! Sticky

Nov
25

Islamabad, November 25, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) is extremely concerned over the complete information blackout in the country and demands the government to immediately restore unfettered access to internet, social media platforms, media channels and mobile services, where network shutdown is being imposed. 

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Internet Censorship in Pakistan: Findings from 2014-2017 Sticky

Oct
18

ISLAMABAD/ROME, (October 18, 2017): Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) and the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) project released a research report examining internet censorship in Pakistan.
 
The report, titled “Internet Censorship in Pakistan: Findings from 2014 to 2017” is available Here.
 

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Pakistan: Stop harassment, arbitrary arrests and disappearances of human rights defenders Sticky

Aug
10

Islamabad/Bangkok/Kathmandu, 10 August 2017: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) express grave concern over the recent cases of systematic harassment, arrests and serial abductions of human rights defenders (HRDs) by security forces in Pakistan. HRDs in Pakistan are operating in increasingly precarious conditions.

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RTI requests get NADRA's whistleblower system restored Sticky

Jun
25

Islamabad, June 25, 2017: We are delighted to note that following our intervention through Pakistan’s federal right to information system, NADRA has restored its Whistleblower program which it had earlier shut down for unexplained reasons.

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Asia'a war on free expression must end Sticky

Jun
20

Islamabad/Bangkok, June 19, 2017: At the start of this week, a man named Taimoor Raza was sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan. His crime? Posting an allegedly blasphemous comment on Facebook.

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Pakistan government’s alleged leaking of citizens’ private data is unacceptable Sticky

Jun
18

Islamabad, (June 18, 2017): A recent Wikileaks revelation has reinforced our longstanding concerns about insufficient data protection mechanisms available for safekeeping of Pakistani citizens’ private data. According to the leak, the Pakistani government has facilitated an alarming amount of Pakistani citizens’ data to be taken away from National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA) servers due to potentially faulty data security measures. 

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Banned outfits thrive online while peaceful protesters suffer active crackdown Sticky

May
30

Islamabad, May 30, 2017: Amidst the government's tall claims of reducing online terrorist activity, at least 41 out of 64 banned outfits have been found carrying out their questionable business across the cyberspace through a large number of social media accounts and pages. An investigation, led by Dawn, revealed that these pages were also linked to those relating to weapons and training as well as spreading of terrorist ideologies. [1]
 

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Concerns come true as state criminalises pre-election political dissent Sticky

May
25

Islamabad, May 25, 2017: It has been less than a year since the controversial Pakistan Electronic Crime Act (PECA) was passed by the Parliament. However, the concerns of misuse of this partially unconstitutional act are fast becoming true with criminalisation of political dissent and other forms of free speech (which should not be confused with 'dangerous speech' [1]).

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