APCNews 121 – Pakistan & Facebook ban, open spectrum research

APCNews – May 27 2010 – Year XI Issue 121
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
“The ‘Everybody draw Mohammed Day’ campaign appears to be nothing more than a desperate attempt to incite and provoke Muslims – let’s not give them the satisfaction,” said Karachi blogger Sana Saleem. Too late. The Pakistani High Court ordered the blocking of Facebook – the third most popular website in Pakistan— and a day later over a thousand sites were also inaccessible to Pakistani users. Freedom of information supporters who question the logic of the ban and the fact that hundreds of websites have been blocked instead of the offending campaign page have received death threats or been accused of blasphemy. We are with APC’s Pakistani representative Bytes For All urging “Pakistani internet users are the ones who suffer while extremists on both sides gain more ground. Let’s hope that sanity prevails in the long run!”

Facebook ban in Pakistan is shocking, says Bytes For All

ISLAMABAD (Bytes for All) – Pakistanis woke up on Thursday to find sites like Facebook and YouTube blocked after a government crackdown on “blasphemous” websites. “We consider this ban unnecessary, based on wrongful accusations against civil liberties and it will further instigate hatred among international Muslim and non-Muslim communities,” APC member Bytes For All tells APCNews. In an update, we are told that more than 1000 sites are now being blocked. “We are in the midst of a major crisis,” says Bytes For All.

APC starts research into spectrum regulation in Brazil, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa

MONTEVIDEO (APC) – Every thirty months the amount of information that can be transmitted over a wireless internet connection has the potential to double. Wireless could be the way to provide affordable broadband to millions of people currently living with poor connectivity. However the policy and regulation related to spectrum is often inefficient, secretive and ill-informed. APC’s new research will examine how spectrum is assigned, who assigns it and what policy or regulatory framework they use.


Coming out of poverty: A model for traditional weavers in India

NEW DELHI (Osama Manzar for DEF) – Not even a year after APC member Digital Empowerment Foundation set up a centre in the small town of Chanderi, where weavers could create new designs on computers, lives like those of young Mohammad Furqan have take an unexpected turn for the better. The town and initiative have become an inspiration to reproduce throughout the entire country.

Third regional Latin American and the Caribbean preparatory meeting for the Internet Govrnance Forum

MONTEVIDEO (APC) – APC, the NUPEF Institute, and the Regional Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC) are pleased to announce the Third Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum which will take place on 3-5 August 2010 in the city of Quito, Ecuador.


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