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


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


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


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

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

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


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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Privacy rights violations challenged in Lahore High Court


Islamabad, May 8, 2013: Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan had been following up on “FinFisher” for almost last one year with grave concern for its implications on citizens’ privacy and larger human rights in the country. B4A had some evidence of its presence in the country but not enough to share publicly.

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Rays of Hope – Updates on our Petition in the Lahore High Court, Pakistan


Islamabad, Wednesday March 27, 2013:  Bytes for All, Pakistan continuing its anti-censorship “Access Is My Right” Campaign, building citizens’ alliance against internet censorship, filtering, surveillance and advocacy for freedom of expression is seeing light at the end of Tunnel. Taking the legal route, B4A lodged a writ petition in Lahore High Court in January 2012, and we are happy to share that there has been positive outcomes.

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Letter of Allegation to UN Human Rights Council: Freedom of Expression in Pakistan


Islamabad, March 14, 2013: Bytes for All, Pakistan and The Media Legal Defence Initiative, UK have submitted a Letter of Allegation to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, calling for an end to the blocking of websites by the Pakistani government.

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