Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban in Pakistan Sticky


ISLAMABAD (25 January 2016): Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) demand clarity from the government of Pakistan and Google regarding the terms agreed on.

A recent statement issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claimed that Google has “promised” to remove any material deemed offensive by the PTA from YouTube. B4A and APC are concerned that this will pave the way for the government to further restrict the right to political expression and discussion on critical human rights issues in Pakistan.

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Government Must Explain Arbitrary Mobile Blackouts in Islamabad Sticky


ISLAMABAD, Dec 18, 2015: Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) has demanded that authorities explain the mobile network shutdowns that have been happening every week in Islamabad, roughly coinciding with the time of Friday sermons at mosques. The digital rights organisation added that it was preparing to file a constitutional petition against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Federal Government at the Islamabad High Court on the matter.

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Thanks Blackberry, but please be consistent Sticky


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


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


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


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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


The following statement was issued by APC

October 2015

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


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


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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