Pakistan

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

Pakistan’s new draft IT policy has recently been made available online for comments and feedback. The email announcing this was sent by government officials, and with a very tight deadline. However, “none of the relevant stakeholders were aware of any consultation process being conducted by the government” says Bytes for All, an internet rights activist group in Pakistan and APC member. Bytes for All and Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) are jointly or...

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.

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

Since 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 blanket ban. Further plans by the govern...

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.After lifting the nationwide Facebook ban on May 31, the Lahore High Court directed authorities to devise methods to permanently block “blasphemous content” on the internet in Pakistan. “We believe that this order will be misused by the government to block citizens access to online activism and curb voices against corruption and corrupt practices by the government functio...

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

Pakistanis woke up on Thursday 20 May 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...

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

While members of the Pakistani parliament were on a diplomatic trip in the United States to talk about the impact of the ar on terror on northern rural tribes in the country, they were asked by airport security in Washington to be body-scanned. The right not to undergo a body scan is a privilege given to parliamentarians the world over. APC member Bytes for All in Pakistan applauds the Pakista...

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

A video showing President Asif Ali Zardari losing his temper in a public speech was recently censored in Pakistan. Bytes for All and its members vehemently condemn the Government’s block on YouTube and considers it yet another attack on civil liberties and free speech in the country.

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...

Inclusive Pakistani ICT policy process urged to combat violence against women in cyberspace
Inclusive Pakistani ICT policy process urged to combat violence against women in cyberspace 01 February 2010

With the goal to create awareness about Information and Communication Technologies and Violence Against Women in cyber space, and the implications of various government policies on women, a seminar titled “ICTs and Violence Against Women – Policy Implications” was jointly organized by Bytes for All (B4A) and the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) on 30 Janu...

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