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New Report: Cyber armies, judicial activism and enforced disappearances - emerging threats for Internet freedoms in Pakistan Sticky


ISLAMABAD, (December 20, 2017): Bytes for All, Pakistan is highly concerned over the emerging threats to the Internet landscape in the country. The emerging threats range from arbitrary administrative shutdowns, misplaced judicial activism against Internet freedoms, rise of cyber armies, enforced disappearances of activists and abuse of cyber-crime laws. 

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New Report: How Pakistan blocked news outlets, social media sites, and IM apps amidst protests Sticky


Islamabad, November 29, 2017: Last weekend, a number of social media sites and news outlets were blocked in Pakistan during Islamist protests. Protesters gathered in Islamabad alleged that Mr. Zahid Hamid, the Federal Law Minister, should be removed from his position because he omitted a reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.

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Pakistan: Blocking information channels can never be a solution, it is always a problem! Sticky


Islamabad, November 25, 2017: Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) is extremely concerned over the complete information blackout in the country and demands the government to immediately restore unfettered access to internet, social media platforms, media channels and mobile services, where network shutdown is being imposed. 

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Update: 19th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – morality, national security and law & order takes center stage Sticky

Lahore, Thursday, March 13, 2014:  The 19th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan Net Freedom case was held today in a very crowded court room with a large number of lawyers, media professionals and concerned citizens present in court. This is a petition in Lahore High Court, currently being followed by global digital rights movement for its possible impact and implications on freedom of expression, speech, assembly & the right to access information, not only in Pakistan but also in the larger Muslim world. 
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Update: Pakistan Internet Freedom Case goes to a larger bench at Lahore High Court Sticky


Islamabad, October 21, 2013: After 14 hearings, a lot of deliberations, several inputs from experts within the country and abroad, the Honorable Justice Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah on September 19, 2013 has marked the Internet Freedom Case, also known as YouTube Case, to the Honorable Chief Justice, Mr. Umar Ata Bandial to be fixed before larger bench. This means that a full bench of either three or five judges at the Lahore High Court will now further deliberate this case.

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PAKISTAN : A year after YouTube blocked, users still denied access (ENG/FRA) Sticky


Islamabad, September 17, 2013: It is a year to the day since the Pakistani authorities blocked access to the video-sharing platform YouTube on 17 September 2012 in response to the release of The Innocence of Muslims, a film considered blasphemous by many in the Muslim world.

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

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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B4A in the News


Select Links - Bytes for All, Pakistan quoted in International and local media for its stance against Internet Filtering System in Pakistan

Bytes for All Statement: Locking up the Cyberspace in Pakistan

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


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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YouTube case: PTA using defamatory tactics to pressure petitioner

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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