Malala Yousafzai: An irreplaceable asset for the nation

Oct
09

Islamabad, October 09, 2012: Bytes for All, Pakistan, is in deep shock on hearing the sad news of a brutal attack on world renowned, 14 year old, peace and human rights activist Malala Yousafzai from Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It was a well known fact that her life had been under constant threat for a long time for her women rights work that she was doing in her community. She was attacked today by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a terrorist organization, while she was returning from her school with her schoolmates.

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It’s OurTube: Religion-based censorship will only fuel hate speech

Sep
18

Islamabad, September 18, 2012: Following the release of an anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims” on YouTube, the Islamic world has been ablaze with protesters making a range of demands, from the prohibition of the movie and all websites hosting it, to the murder of all those associated with its production.

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ITU's authority over Internet is not acceptable for global civil society movement

Sep
08

Islamabad, September 8, 2012: Bytes for All, Pakistan joined global civil society movement against the proposal of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) taking control over Internet Governance. A joint letter has been developed and sent to authorities not only at the ITU but to all ITU Member States and disseminated globally.  The letter especially mentions the grave concerns about the closed nature of the ITU process as well as about specific proposals that would threaten Internet governance, openness and the exercise of human rights online.

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Pakistan: Government must stop 'kill switch' tactics

Aug
23

Islamabad, August 23, 2012: ARTICLE 19 and Bytes for All, Pakistan, condemn the authorities in Pakistan for the practice of implementing regional and city-wide bans on mobile phone networks – so-called ‘kill switch’ tactics - in Balochistan and other parts of the country.  The kill switch has been implemented at times of national celebration, most recently on Eid Day on 20 August 2012.

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Balochistan suffers another kill switch on Independence Day 2012

Aug
15

Islamabad, August 15, 2012: It is very unfortunate to note that the 66th Independence Day of Pakistan was not any different for citizens in Balochistan than the Pakistan Day on 23 March 2012. Their digital communication channels were blocked by the government and yet again in the name of “national security” and “upholding law and order”.

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Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan

Aug
09

Islamabad, August 08, 2012: Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is very pleased to share new research ‘Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan’.

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Openness, Access and Governance in Asian “Network Societies”: Developing an Open Governance Index

Jul
29

Islamabad, July 30, 2012: We are happy to announce the completion of the Pan Asia Network on eGovernance 'Openness, Access and Governance in Asian “Network Societies”: Developing an Open Governance Index' pilot project. Its Pakistan Country report is contributed by Bytes for All, Pakistan through a rigorous field research process. 

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Locking up cyberspace for minorities in Pakistan

Jul
05

Islamabad, July 05, 2012: Internet Freedom has become a key indicator to gauge the situation of civil liberties that a society enjoys in a country in the modern day world. In addition, democratic countries all around the world constitutionally ensure and practically respect the rights of religious and ethnic minorities to thrive in their society.

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Dr. Eric Schmidt, please don't advertise surveillance to Pakistan government

Jun
17

Islamabad, 17 June 2012: Google’s Executive Chairman, Dr. Eric Schmidt met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani on 14th June 2012. Both discussed various mutually beneficial projects that can be initiated in Pakistan with the help and in partnership with Google.

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Bytes for All calls for civil society participation in drafting cyber crime legislation in Pakistan

Jun
07

Islamabad, June 07, 2012: As per agreed Declaration of Principles by the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), Tunis Agenda for the Information Society and the ongoing Internet governance processes, it is a globally accepted norm that for any Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy or local laws related to the cyberspace or Internet, the governments will use a multi-stakeholder process, which ensures active consultation and

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