Pakistan: Stop harassment, arbitrary arrests and disappearances of human rights defenders Sticky


Islamabad/Bangkok/Kathmandu, 10 August 2017: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) express grave concern over the recent cases of systematic harassment, arrests and serial abductions of human rights defenders (HRDs) by security forces in Pakistan. HRDs in Pakistan are operating in increasingly precarious conditions.

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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy Sticky


ISLAMABAD, April 14, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent developments regarding Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.

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Investigatory Powers Tribunal finds GCHQ programme TEMPORA is in principle legal Sticky


London, December 5, 2014: The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) today followed its previous judgments in finding that UK security services’ may in principle carry out mass surveillance of all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK under RIPA, the 2000 law that pre-dates the modern internet:

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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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Update: 17th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – Federal Minister for IT summoned again! Sticky

Lahore, Tuesday, February 25, 2014:  The 17th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan, commonly known as the YouTube case, was held at Lahore High Court today, on February 25, 2014. In October 2013, after 16 hearings, this case was referred to a larger bench for further hearings and decision. Today’s hearing, held nearly four months after the previous one, was the first before a divisional bench.
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Pakistan: Government must stop 'kill switch' tactics


Islamabad, August 23, 2012: ARTICLE 19 and Bytes for All, Pakistan, condemn the authorities in Pakistan for the practice of implementing regional and city-wide bans on mobile phone networks – so-called ‘kill switch’ tactics - in Balochistan and other parts of the country.  The kill switch has been implemented at times of national celebration, most recently on Eid Day on 20 August 2012.

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Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan


Islamabad, August 08, 2012: Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is very pleased to share new research ‘Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan’.

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Internship Program at Bytes for All, Pakistan


Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is a human rights organization with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It experiments and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening human rights movements in the country.

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Bytes for All calls for civil society participation in drafting cyber crime legislation in Pakistan


Islamabad, June 07, 2012: As per agreed Declaration of Principles by the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), Tunis Agenda for the Information Society and the ongoing Internet governance processes, it is a globally accepted norm that for any Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy or local laws related to the cyberspace or Internet, the governments will use a multi-stakeholder process, which ensures active consultation and

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