Lack of Privacy remains a cause for concern, says annual privacy briefing Sticky


Islamabad, December 03, 2016: Bytes for All has stressed on the need for privacy and data protection to ensure citizen data remains safe in an annual privacy briefing released in collaboration with Privacy International titled: State of Privacy in Pakistan.

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


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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Pakistan: Freedom of Expression under Threat - written statement for 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council Sticky


Geneva, June 10, 2015: On behalf of Bytes for All, Pakistan a written statement was submitted by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status for the 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council under Agenda Item 3. This written statement is accessible here

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Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms Sticky


Jakarta, June 01, 2015: From 3-5 June 2015, Bytes for All, Pakistan, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), ICT Watch, Global Partners Digital, the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), the Internet Democracy Project, KontraS and the Open Society Foundation are organizing the Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Charter of Demands PECB2015: Privacy Commission, Data Protection & Extending Jurisdiction of NHRC Sticky


Islamabad, Friday, April 24, 2015: This charter of demand has been prepared in response to the draft of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015, approved by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology. The human rights concerns related to the approved draft of PECB have been well documented.

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Bytes for All urges government to clarify reports of mobile shutdown in Islamabad Sticky


Islamabad, March 11, 2015: Bytes for All, Pakistan is extremely concerned about an alleged order by Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), directing telecom service providers in the country to enforce an unprecedented 13 day suspension of mobile phone services in Islamabad. A reliable source within the telecommunication industry has told Bytes for All that the directive issued asks them to shut down mobile networks from March 11-23, 2015 within a 5 kilometer radius of the site for 23rd March National Day Parade.

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Update: 22nd Hearing of Internet Freedom Case - Youtube ban remains until review by the Supreme Court of Pakistan Sticky


Lahore, 20 November 2014: The 22nd hearing of Internet Freedom Case (aka YouTube case) was held at the Lahore high Court today. The hearing was presided over by Honorable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah along with Honorable Justice Ayesha Malik.  The Honorable Judges had summoned senior officials from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) following their counsel’s statement that they now have the technology to block the offensive video.

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Pakistan: ARTICLE 19 and Bytes for All condemn proposed ban on instant messaging Sticky

Islamabad, October 10, 2013: ARTICLE 19 and Bytes for All (Pakistan) condemn the proposed three-month blanket ban on instant messaging and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in Sindh Province, Pakistan. The proposal, issued by the Sindh province authorities last week, should be retracted immediately as it is incompatible with international standards on freedom of expression.
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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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