Bytes for All & ARTICLE 19 review Pakistan Telecommunications (Re-organization) Act 1996

Feb
23

Islamabad: February 23, 2012: In January 2012, Bytes for All, Pakistan team worked with legal experts at ARTICLE 19 for the analysis of the provisions of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act, 1996 (with 2006 amendments) to assess their compatibility with international standards relating to the rights to freedom of expression and information and privacy.

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Moral Policing by TV Reality Shows

Jan
26

Islamabad, 26 January 2012: Pakistani television channel Samaa TV has recently joined the moral policing bandwagon with a show called "Subah Saweray Maya kay Sath". Briefly, the show carries various themes, however, one criminal aspect of the show is blatant violation of the citizens’ right to privacy, to say the least.

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Secure Journalists Programme

Dec
30

Pakistan is a developing country, which is ranked among the most populated, and to an extent an extremely important role player in shaping the last decade. Not only has it undergone drastic changes from within since the start of War on Terror, but it has also become of core importance in reflecting itself as a model target of complex present day ideological warfare and radicalization.

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Kathmandu Statement on the Internet and Freedom of Expression

Dec
09

We, participants in the South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression, having met in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 2-4 November 2011 to deliberate on the state of freedom of expression in our region in the digital age, and coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Considering the importance of social media and the Internet to the growth and advancement of democracy in our region,

Have adopted the following resolution:

Access to the Internet

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Hand Mapping – Wall of Resistance: Take Back The Tech Campaign 2011

Dec
05

Peshawar, 3 December, 2011: Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan and Aware Girls, Peshawar jointly organized an event to celebrate women’s power under ‘Take Back The Tech Campaign - To End Violence Against Women!’ A large number of stakeholders attended the event including civil society representatives, human rights defenders, academia, media, university students and larger women rights movement in Peshawar.

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16 Days, 16 Stories - 16 Tribal Women, Pakistan

Nov
25

Bytes for All, Pakistan and Sughar women are joining hands for 16 Days campaign to end Violence Against Women & Girls. Collaborating on 16 days - Take Back The Tech Campaign, we will be posting one woman - one story each day on the struggle of tribal women in Pakistan. They will talk about their rights, daily life, struggle and hope in the future.

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Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

Nov
25

On behalf of all concerned citizens of Pakistan, Bytes for All have sent an Open Letter to His Excellency Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan on the issue of content filtering and SMS ban directive by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). We are very hopeful that the Prime Minister will himself look into this matter for redressal of grievances as raised in this letter. The contents of this letter are pasted below.

 

Honourable Sir,

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Moral Policing gets an Upgrade in Pakistan!

Nov
18

Islamabad – 18 November 2011: We are now witnessing a new ruthless wave of moral policing in the digital communication sphere of Pakistan imposed by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). A new directive have been issued to all cellular operators in Pakistan to enforce an SMS content filtering mechanisms to ban the use of 1695 so called offensive English and Urdu words.

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Pakistan: Moral Policing – a vicious cycle

Oct
29

The best advice anyone can give to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) is to stick to the task of making information and communication technologies friendly and accessible to the people of Pakistan, instead of spending their resources on the enforcement of right-wing self-righteous ideologies.

Pakistan’s e-governance setup has a severely tainted history, which clearly reflects as inefficient governance structures on the ground. While PTA should be protecting users’ rights online, it has indulged itself in senseless ideological warfare on the Internet.

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Innovation for Social Justice - Pakistan, and beyond

Oct
20

Pakistan, a country of countless opportunities, is also a country afflicted by wide range of social malice. With the country’s perception enveloped in negativity, it is the strongest need of the hour to intensify efforts to establish positive social reforms. To say the least, this requires a shift from raising voice to engaging in positive, participatory action.
 

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