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Pakistan: Bloggers and journalists to duck digital threats

“Pakistan is among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists,” reads a report recently produced and published by Bytes For All, Pakistan. Based on a research survey commissioned by Internews, the report takes a hard look at the awareness Pakistani journalists and bloggers have of their own digital security.

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Victory for freedom of expression in South Korea

On the 23rd of August 2012, South Korean digital rights organisation Jinbonet won a long struggle. For the last five years, the APC member group fought an internet real name system regulation, ruled unconstitutional by the country’s highest court.

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

ISLAMABAD 17 August 2012 (Bytes for All)

B4A Pakistan has recently published new research on “Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan”, which aims to help journalists and bloggers – especially women – better understand the dangers online, and provides them with tools to communicate online in a secure way.

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Locking up cyberspace for minorities in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 6 July 2012 (Bytes for All)

Since 2007, freedom of expression on the internet has been compromised in Pakistan. The authorities started with blocking blasphemous content, went on to national security issues, then religious morality, and they are now targeting online content pertaining to minorities.

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Open Letter: Google in Pakistan - Local and global civil society raises eyebrows

The Association for Progressive Communications and its member group in Pakistan, Bytes For All, is deeply concerned about Google’s latest business trip to Pakistan. Here are a few questions on Google’s planned policy on data retention and collection.

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Flash mob Korean style

SEOUL

In Seoul for the Asia Europe Foundation’s Informal Meeting on Human Rights, looking at human rights and ICTs, I made a few extra-curricular stops – it was hard not to, when just outside our hotel is an ongoing protest about labour rights…

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Rio+20: A voice from Dhaka, Bangladesh

DHAKA 28 June 2012 (Ahmed Swapan Mahmud )

As sustainable development was being discussed in the UN Conference Rio+20, The Guardian asked a number of activists and researchers what they thought about the conference and which changes they had seen since the first summit 20 years ago. Read what APC member VOICE’s Ahmed Swapan Mahmud had to say about Bangladesh.

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New report: "Mobile Southeast Asia 2012: Crossroads of Innovation"

22 June 2012 (Mobilemonday)

Southeast Asia has been a trade hub for thousands of years and is a digital crossroads for internet and mobile innovation now as well, according to the new report by Mobilemonday, “Mobile SouthEast Asia 2012: Crossroads of Innoivation,” available online

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

ISLAMABAD 8 June 2012 (Bytes for All for Bytes for All)

The Government of Pakistan is working to revive and restructure the cyber crime law, which lapsed in 2009. Stakeholders who are being consulted are corporations such as telecom operators, ISPs, and governmental organisations. However, no representative civil society organisation holds an opinion even though it is a globally accepted norm that governments use a multi-stakeholder process to ensure active participation by civil society.

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Malaysia: Bad laws won’t stop cyber crime

KUALA LUMPUR 30 May 2012 (Jac sm Key for Loyarburok)

The recent amendments to the Malaysian Evidence Act, passed without debate at Parliament on May 19 2012, clearly signal the government’s intention to increase censorship on the internet.

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