Pakistan

Locking up cyberspace for minorities in Pakistan
Locking up cyberspace for minorities in Pakistan 06 July 2012

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.

Open Letter: Google in Pakistan - Local and global civil society raises eyebrows
Open Letter: Google in Pakistan - Local and global civil society raises eyebrows 29 June 2012

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.

Pakistan internet censorship - citizens must remain vigilent
Pakistan internet censorship - citizens must remain vigilent 02 April 2012

When the Government of Pakistan announced that it would be filtering the internet, Bytes for All initiated a major campaign against what it called an unconstitutional decision. Supported by multiple national and international human rights organisations, news has been released that the plans to filter Pakistani internet have been cancelled.

Baluchistan: Bytes for All condemns communications siege
Baluchistan: Bytes for All condemns communications siege 26 March 2012 Shahzad Ahmad

This year, Pakistan Day, held on 23 March 2012, was marred with oppression against the people of Baluchistan in the South of the country through province-wide communications blockages. All cellular phone networks were shut down throughout the day of celebration in the name of national security. Bytes for All strongly condemns the ban.

Locking up cyberspace could lead to undemocratic elections in Pakistan
Locking up cyberspace could lead to undemocratic elections in Pakistan 24 February 2012

The government of Pakistan currently has plans to filter the internet, which will affect freedom of expression, speech and opinion in the country. Bytes for All fears the internet will be further restricted as the 2013 general elections approach. Read the public statement by Bytes for All.

APC member Bytes for All condemns Pakistan's new censorship policy
APC member Bytes for All condemns Pakistan's new censorship policy 18 November 2011 Bytes for All

The Pakistan Telecommunications authority has issued a directive to all cellular providers to begin filtering SMS keywords, the latest in a series of restrictions to freedom of expression in the country.

VAW in Pakistan: finding solutions
VAW in Pakistan: finding solutions 19 July 2011 JA

Raahnuma.org was one of the winners of the Take Back the Tech! Fund. They provide support and resources for anyone who is suffering abuse, including where they can find medical, psychological and legal help.

Take Back the Tech! allows abused women to unburden in Pakistan: But what next?
Take Back the Tech! allows abused women to unburden in Pakistan: But what next? 12 July 2011 APC

Denouncing sexual abuse in Pakistan is a risky move. But after over six years of abuse by her biological father, a young woman who attended an APC Take Back the Tech! workshop in Peshawar could contain herself no more.

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

One women was raped and another beaten in Pakistan. Both electronic media and law enforcing agencies, rather than respecting the survivors’ privacy, publicly identified them by their names and gave irrelevant information about them (that they were returning from a ‘dance party’ at 2:00 am), reinforcing the ‘she asked for it’ mindset. The rape survivor withdrew her case. Read the ...

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 jump starting their ICT knowledge through the use of ressource 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 ar...

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