Pakistan

Irresponsible Pakistani media and authorities violates rape victim's privacy
Irresponsible Pakistani media and authorities violates rape victim's privacy 21 December 2010

We are utterly shocked at the gang-rape case that happened on 20th December 2010 in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in Karachi and the events that followed. For those who are not aware of this occurrence, here is a little background on the case, from the Tribune: “Twenty-something K and her acquaintance S, in her mid-30s, were driving in a blue Suzuki Alto on Khayaban-e-Qasim in DHA when three to four men in a car rammed into them from the back. The small car dived into a ditch, the women ...

Resources and platforms to help survivors of violence against women in Pakistan
Resources and platforms to help survivors of violence against women in Pakistan 08 December 2010 Jehan Ara

Pakistani women are helping other women in their communities jumpstart their ICT knowledge through the use of resource data bases and platforms for violence against women (VAW), that will allow women who have and are experiencing violence to access help. Survivors of VAW are learning to tell their stories in digital format to share their stories with others, heal and become more empowered through the process. The funds which are helping these projects get off the ground are a part of the AP...

Have your say in Pakistan's IT policy and help put the policy process back on track
Have your say in Pakistan's IT policy and help put the policy process back on track 12 November 2010 Bytes for All

An email message sent by government officials at the Ministry of IT, Government of Pakistan shared the new draft IT Policy 2010 for comments and feedback. With a very tight deadline for online comments only, the ministry claimed that this draft has been developed out of broad based consultations. However, the fact of the matter is that none of the relevant stakeholders were aware of any such pr...

MDG3 Take Back the Tech! Fund
MDG3 Take Back the Tech! Fund 13 October 2010

The Take Back the Tech! Fund which is providing small grants of up to USD 5000 USD each to over sixty local, primarily community based organisations to implement projects that use ICTs to end violence against women and building their capacity to do so. Grantees include a project to build the capacity of a group of young black lesbians in South Africa to document violence against lesbian women a...

Confidential Pakistani document reveals plans for stricter control of the internet and freedom of expression
Confidential Pakistani document reveals plans for stricter control of the internet and freedom of expression 23 June 2010 Bytes for All

Internet rights defenders take a stanceSince May 20, Pakistan has experienced a wave of strict internet content control with thousands of web pages blocked following a Facebook campaign inviting users to “Draw Muhammad”. The Facebook campaign pushed Pakistani authorities to actively engage in blocking and filtering internet content, leaving Pakistani citizens powerless against the online b...

Pakistani internet ban is excuse to “curb voices against corruption”
Pakistani internet ban is excuse to “curb voices against corruption” 08 June 2010 Bytes For All

By Sabeen Mahmud.“Our research over the past three year suggests that Pakistan governmentalways hide filtering and censorship of internet behind religion and blasphemous material, however, the ulterior motive would always be political or veiling the corruption. There is ample evidence on how in the past, these bans and filters have been used to hide the corrupt practices of the government...

Facebook ban in Pakistan is shocking, says Bytes For All
Facebook ban in Pakistan is shocking, says Bytes For All 25 May 2010 Bytes For All

By Sabeen Mahmud.Pakistanis woke up on Thursday, May 20 to find sites like Facebook and YouTube blocked after a government crackdown on “blasphemous” websites. APC member Bytes For All issued the following statement through APC: APC member Bytes For All and its members are shocked at the blanket ban exercised on Facebook in Pakistan. With the ongoing campaign of Muslim Facebook users agains...

Bytes for All applauds firm Pakistani parliamentarians’ stance on scanning in the USA
Bytes for All applauds firm Pakistani parliamentarians’ stance on scanning in the USA 08 March 2010 Shazhad Ahmad

A six-member delegation of Pakistani parliamentarians from federally-administered tribal areas were invited to the United States for an official visit under the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP). All of the invited parliamentarians belonged to the troubled northern tribal areas of the country bordering Afghanistan, where War on terror is currently st...

YouTube blocked in Pakistan: Government attempts to hide President's slip-up
YouTube blocked in Pakistan: Government attempts to hide President's slip-up 08 February 2010

Bytes for All and its members in Pakistan vehemently condemn the Government’s block on YouTube and considers it yet another attack on civil liberties and free speech in the country. YouTube blocked in PakistanThe saga of this block goes back a few weeks to a public speech by Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, who is the democratically elected President of Pakistan, but an extremely unpopular politici...

Digital storytelling to fight violence against women - Pakistan
Digital storytelling to fight violence against women - Pakistan 05 February 2010

South Asian APC member Bytes for All will be hosting a Membership Exchange from 7 – 11 June, 2010 in Islamabad Pakistan. Representatives of organisations from APC’s varied network will meet in the Pakistani city to attend a workshop on digital story telling, “Take back the tech to end violence against women: A workshop on digital storytelling for online advocacy”. The five-day event w...

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