Hand Mapping – Wall of Resistance: Take Back The Tech Campaign 2011


Peshawar, 3 December, 2011: Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan and Aware Girls, Peshawar jointly organized an event to celebrate women’s power under ‘Take Back The Tech Campaign - To End Violence Against Women!’ A large number of stakeholders attended the event including civil society representatives, human rights defenders, academia, media, university students and larger women rights movement in Peshawar.

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Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)


On behalf of all concerned citizens of Pakistan, Bytes for All have sent an Open Letter to His Excellency Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan on the issue of content filtering and SMS ban directive by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). We are very hopeful that the Prime Minister will himself look into this matter for redressal of grievances as raised in this letter. The contents of this letter are pasted below.


Honourable Sir,

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Islamabad Innovation Lab 2011


Digital tools and new media technologies are transforming the way that journalists and civil society organisations communicate and work, and are playing an important role in the free flow of information.

With the premise that new media technologies and several newly developed digital tools can facilitate the work of the media and civil society leaders and human rights workers; an Innovation Lab is being organized at the Marriott Hotel, Islamabad on 25-27 October 2011.

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GeneWatch on DNA Database in Pakistan


GeneWatch is a globally acclaimed publication dedicated to monitoring biotechnology's social, ethical and environmental consequences. Since 1983, GeneWatch has covered a broad spectrum of issues, from genetically engineered foods to biological weapons, genetic privacy and discrimination, reproductive technologies, and human cloning.

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Pakistan: Ban on Internet encryption a violation of freedom of expression


The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has served legal directives to all internet service providers in the country requiring that they implement an earlier regulation banning in the name of anti-terrorism all internet encryption. ARTICLE 19 and Bytes for All regard the regulation, and related provisions in the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act of 1996, to be in violation of international legal standards on the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy, and call on the government to amend the laws and retract the notices served.

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