Statement of Solidarity on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Internet Users in Bangladesh

Jan
14

Dhaka, January 15, 2013: This is a statement by the participants of the Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 14–15, 2013, following a violent attack on blogger Asif Mohiuddin. Bytes for All, Pakistan attended this meeting in Dhaka. 

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Irfan Ali Khudi: An irreplaceable voice of activism silenced

Jan
11

"I am born to fight for human rights and peace. My religion is respect and love all the religions." - Irfan Ali Khudi

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Youtube not at the cost of widespread systematic censorship

Jan
06

Islamabad, January 06, 2013: Over a hundred days have passed since YouTube was hastily banned in Pakistan by the state authorities over a video allegedly insulting Islam. While the video remains, Youtube is now inaccessible for all the citizens including small and large businesses, civil society organizations, educational and research institutions.

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A woman’s applause for Social Media | Take Back The Tech 16 days X 16 stories

Dec
21

Islamabad, December 21, 2012: ‘You need to put your story out there’, she said. And I wondered why.

After a harassment incident at the workplace that pressured me to resign, this was the advice my friend gave me. She urged me to write about it and hand it over to the social media.

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Chadar Aur Char Diwari: Virtual Edition

Dec
08

Islamabad, December 8, 2012: Online abuse meted out to women, while exposing Pakistani patriarchy and its mindless violence, serves to reinforce the traditional chadar aur chaar diwari mantra. It is time for women to take charge of spaces they live in, both physical and virtual.

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She's begging to be raped – Twitterverse for Feminists in Pakistan! | Take Back The Tech!

Dec
03

Islamabad, December 03, 2012: ‘She's begging to be raped.’ That's the response that many feminists in Pakistan get online from Pakistani men seeking to shut them up. This is a response from Pakistani men to women merely tweeting about issues related to sexualised violence.

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From Perverts to Peers | Take Back The Tech 16 days x 16 stories

Dec
01

Islamabad, December 1, 2012: I was 13 when I was molested by my uncle. He was a doctor. That was the last time I complained of any sickness to my parents.

I was 22 when I went on my first internship at a foreign bank in Karachi. My first work experience in the corporate world was of a pervert boss who would pass sexual remarks at me in front of the entire floor. He did get some giggles.

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Go Make Me a Sammich! New Tools Old Tactics | Take Back the Tech!

Nov
28

Islamabad, November 29, 2012: “The easiest and most common tactic to win a discussion with a woman activist over the Internet is to tell her to ‘Make me a sammich’,” says Sidra*, an activist for women’s rights in Pakistan. Implying that a woman’s “place is in the kitchen” is perhaps the most over-used tactic meant to discourage and embarrass women human rights activists into submitting.

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Blocking channels of communication is terrorism itself | Access Is My Right!

Nov
28

Islamabad, November 29, 2012: Blocking Communication Channels is against civil liberties and citizens rights.

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It's Not YouTube, It's OurTube - Access Is My Right!

Nov
27

Islamabad, November 27, 2012: Freely accessible and open internet platforms for education, awareness and entertainment are what people turn to when their governments fail to provide them the infrastructure and safe spaces to develop into healthy minded individuals, capable of contributing positively to the nation's progress.

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