Thanks Blackberry, but please be consistent Sticky

Dec
14

Bytes for All, Pakistan welcomes a recent decision by mobile phone manufacturer Blackberry Ltd to end its operations in Pakistan in the face of demands by the government to give it unfettered access to its customers' private encrypted data. The announcement was made by Blackberry CEO Marty Beard on November 30 in which he explained that “the Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message.”

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Safe City Project or Mass Digital Surveillance? Sticky

Nov
17

ISLAMABAD (9 November 2015) – Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) are extremely concerned about a recent initiative by the Pakistani government to install at least two thousand surveillance cameras across the federal capital.

B4A and APC fear that the ‘Islamabad Safe City Project’, an initiative of Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), will make Pakistani citizens increasingly vulnerable to mass digital surveillance practices and other violations against their right to privacy.

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Debating faith in cyberspace: Offline consequences of online religious expression in Pakistan Sticky

Nov
02

Islamabad, (November 2, 2015): A deep-rooted culture of impunity, life threatening environment for online religious expression, conflicting constitutional provisions and governance practices are the key findings of a new research report launched by Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan.

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Why should you be worried about the proposed cybercrime bill? Sticky

Oct
16

PECB Comic

Do you live in Pakistan, or are you a citizen of Pakistan? -- and are you reading these words on the Internet? If so, you should start getting worried about the new cybercrime bill that the government wants to enact as law.

It is formally titled the “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015” (PECB), and if it actually becomes law, it will give the government and law enforcement agencies broad and sweeping powers to curtail free speech online, and violate the online privacy of citizens.

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Take Action for #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet Sticky

Oct
12

The following statement was issued by APC

By APC WRP (APC)
October 2015

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Security v Access: The Impact of Mobile Network Shutdowns in Pakistan Sticky

Sep
28

Islamabad, September 28, 2015: A new report released on Monday reveals the socio-economic costs of mobile network shutdowns and argues that in some cases such disruptions can actually threaten the very right these practices seek to preserve: the right to life.

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Islamabad to Celebrate Independence Day by Shutting Down Communication Channels Sticky

Aug
13

Islamabad, August 13, 2015: Mobile phone users in several parts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi woke up on Thursday morning to find that they were unable to make calls, send text messages or use mobile Internet services on their cell phones as they were not receiving any signals from their telecom service providers. In at least some cases, this extended to Internet Services provided by ISPs that use a wireless rather than landline network.

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PTA document indicates potential closure of Blackberry Services in Pakistan Sticky

Jul
23

Islamabad, July 23, 2015: According to a Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) document (F.

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PI and B4A IPT Complaint: Court says GCHQ spied on Human Rights NGOs, acted unlawfully Sticky

Jun
21

London, June 22, 2015: Today, The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) revealed that the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) spied on two international human rights organisations, failed to follow ITS own secret procedures and acted unlawfully. The targeted NGOs are the South African Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

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HRC29 Side Event: Religion Meets Rights, Addressing Key Issues & Challenges at the Intersections of Rights in Asia Sticky

Jun
11

Geneva, June 12, 2015: Bytes for All, Pakistan together with Forum-Asia, Association for Progressive Communications, Global Partners Digital, the Internet Democracy Project, KontraS and ICT Watch, recently organised a regional consultation on “Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia” on 3-5 June 2015, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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