UPDATES: PTA is adamant on blocking Internet in Pakistan Sticky

Jul
04

Lahore, July 4, 2013: National Security and Law & order situation continues to be the prime reason for the ban on YouTube in Pakistan. It was the 9th hearing of Pakistan Internet Freedom case (Bytes for All Vs. Federation of Pakistan) before the court of Honorable Justice Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah at the Lahore High Court.

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Pakistan's Internet Firewall: "O Pakistan, We Stand on Guard for Thee" Sticky

Jun
20
Islamabad, June 20, 2013: A new research report by Citizen Lab and Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan reveals that Pakistani authorities have developed an Internet Firewall using technology procured from Canadian service provider, Netsweeper
 
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Oral Statement delivered by Bytes for All, Pakistan at 23rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Sticky

Jun
14

Geneva, June 2013: Here is the text of Oral Statement delivered by Bytes for All, Pakistan at 23rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council under Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue. This statement was delivered on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and larger human rights movement in Asia Region.

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Internet Landscape of Pakistan: Big Brother controls, listens, watches

Jan
10

Karachi, January 10, 2014:  The first ever comprehensive report mapping Pakistan’s past, present and possible future online – “Pakistan’s Internet Landscape” – was launched today at Avari Towers, in Karachi. Jahanzaib Haque, Web Editor, The Express Tribune and author of the 28-page report presented the principle findings and recommendations highlighted in the research.

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Public │ private: Define your line. Shape your space. Take Back the Tech!

Nov
24

Islamabad, 24 November 2013: What is the line between private and public? Is it the home? The body? Is it about thoughts, relationships or spaces? What about the digital spaces that increasingly take up room in our lives?

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Asia Regional Consultation on Freedom of Expression for Civil Liberties, Bangkok, Thailand

Nov
04

Islamabad, November 05, 2013: We are very pleased to announce the Asia Regional Consultation on “Freedom of Expression for Civil Liberties”, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 21, 22 and 23 of November, 2013.

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More than a hundred global groups make a principled stand against surveillance

Aug
31

Islamabad, July 30, 2013: For some time now there has been a need to update understandings of existing human rights law to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques. Nothing could demonstrate the urgency of this situation more than the recent revelations confirming the mass surveillance of innocent individuals around the world.

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YouTube case: PTA using defamatory tactics to pressure petitioner

Jul
23
Director General, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) unwittingly admits to using notorious Netsweeper tool to police the Internet
 
Bytes For All responds to allegations, one-sided account leaked to press by PTA
 
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Call for Participation | Digital Storytelling to Combat Violence Against Women | Islamabad, Pakistan

Jun
05
Islamabad, June 06, 2013: In recent years, Internet and digital communications have become one of the most important tool for expression, free speech, assembly and upholding democratic principles and human rights in any society throughout the world. In Pakistan, this medium is being used very effectively by different segments of society, especially youth and human rights groups to promote advocacies and strengthen their activism for social change. 
 
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Update: Lahore High Court Orders Inquiry into FinFisher Usage in Pakistan

May
15

Islamabad, May 15, 2013: The first hearing of B4A's petition challenging the alleged use of surveillance spyware, FinFisher, in Pakistan took place on Monday, May 13, 2013 before honourable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah at the Lahore High Court. This writ petition was admitted by the Lahore High Court on 8th May 2013.

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