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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Islamabad Innovation Lab 2011

Oct
08

Digital tools and new media technologies are transforming the way that journalists and civil society organisations communicate and work, and are playing an important role in the free flow of information.

With the premise that new media technologies and several newly developed digital tools can facilitate the work of the media and civil society leaders and human rights workers; an Innovation Lab is being organized at the Marriott Hotel, Islamabad on 25-27 October 2011.

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GeneWatch on DNA Database in Pakistan

Oct
08

GeneWatch is a globally acclaimed publication dedicated to monitoring biotechnology's social, ethical and environmental consequences. Since 1983, GeneWatch has covered a broad spectrum of issues, from genetically engineered foods to biological weapons, genetic privacy and discrimination, reproductive technologies, and human cloning.

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Global Civil Society Representatives Statement on Internet Governance Forum 2011

Oct
08

The following statement was prepared for delivery on behalf of a cross-regional group of civil society representatives including Bytes for All, Pakistan
 
Sept. 30, 2011—Nairobi, Kenya
 

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Obligations of the next IGF host country – Azerbaijan

Oct
08

Bytes for All, Pakistan was part of the civil society caucus, who signed the letter to Mr. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations and Mr. Chengetai N.J. Masango, Interim Secretary General, Internet Governance Forum on the obligations of the next IGF Host Country – Azerbaijan.

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Pakistan: Ban on Internet encryption a violation of freedom of expression

Sep
02

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has served legal directives to all internet service providers in the country requiring that they implement an earlier regulation banning in the name of anti-terrorism all internet encryption. ARTICLE 19 and Bytes for All regard the regulation, and related provisions in the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act of 1996, to be in violation of international legal standards on the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy, and call on the government to amend the laws and retract the notices served.

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