Mohammed Maskati: "Digital security is still considered something cool and fancy and not taken seriously"
APCNews spoke with Mohammed al-Maskati, a renowned Bahraini human rights defender and digital security consultant for Front Line Defenders, during the recent Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa (IGMENA) Summit in Tunis.
“Together for a free and open internet” is the motto for this year’s IGMENA Summit, an event bringing together more than a hundred digital rights activists, human rights defenders, journalists and other stakeholders around internet rights and internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa, between 30 September and 2 October in Tunis.
Early last year, I disclosed to a small group of people at work how unstimulated I have become. One of the terrifying words I had used at a group coaching session was “blasé”.
The manner in which the government of Pakistan orchestrated the forceful enactment of the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act is demonstrative of its blatant disregard for human rights and due process. APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy worked on a joint submission to the Human Rights Committee, presenting a detailed picture of the practices that impact internet rights in Pakistan.
Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017
“Although the cyber crime bill will soon become law, the movement to oppose or amend it has not come to an end"
Pakistan’s new and controversial cyber crime bill is poised to become a law after the National Assembly passed it this week. Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC remain extremely concerned over the failure of legislators to ensure that the law fulfils basic human rights standards.
In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through: Joint statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC
APC member Bytes for All, Pakistan has raised concern over the declining state of fundamental rights in online spaces, highlighting the government’s strategy of fighting terrorism by infringing upon civil liberties. Bytes for All’s 2016 edition of its Internet Landscape of Pakistan series, documents and analyses the state of cyberspace in the country as ‘troubling’.
Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan
Activist technology groups eQualit.ie and May First/People Link rally to mitigate DDoS attacks waged against Palestinian rights defenders and women’s and reproductive rights activists.