Freedom of expression

Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations?
Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations? 26 April 2006 APC

Where the Government in Pakistan, Intellectual Property Organization, Federal Investigation Authorities and the Business Software Alliance BSA are initiating a crackdown on Software Piracy in Pakistan, there is hardly any awareness of piracy and its implications within society apart from members of the IT Industry. It is crucial to the basic Human Rights of the citizens of Pakistan that they first be provided Anti-Software Piracy Literacy and trainings on Free and Open Source Software as an a...

Pakistan: Electronic Data Protection Act 2005 (Final Draft)
Pakistan: Electronic Data Protection Act 2005 (Final Draft) 24 April 2006 APC

Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), a government entity has drafted “Electronic Data Protection Act 2005” by outsourcing the work to an individual Mr. Aslam Hayat Khan. As per PSEB, the proposed Act aims to prevent unauthorized access and theft of electronic data and to ensure intellectual property rights with regards to the processing of electronic data in Pakistan.

You're right. Copyright is wrong.
You're right. Copyright is wrong. 21 April 2006 APC

It is assumed that everyone who buys a cheap illegally-copied ("pirated") copy of music or software CD would actually buy the costly ‘official’ version. Links have been made by piracy and terrorism, which are actually quite ludicrous. ‘Intellectual property’ is used as a term, instead of ‘creative expression’. When something is called property, we are steal...

The dark subcontinent
The dark subcontinent 21 April 2006 APC

As far as radio waves go, South Asia could perhaps call itself the dark continent. This part of the planet has an almost-uniformly unenlightened policy when it comes to opening up its airwaves. Voices from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal….

Blocked Sites, Bush's insecurity, WSF and Bomb blasts in Pakistan
Blocked Sites, Bush's insecurity, WSF and Bomb blasts in Pakistan 04 March 2006 APC

Internet traffic in Pakistan is very controlled as more than 90% of it is routed through Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE).

While in Tunis...
While in Tunis... 21 November 2005 APC

But I’ve many interesting experiences at WSIS. For example, one evening in Tunis I was travelling back to my hotel by bus and the lady who was sitting next to me was talking to me in French. When I’ve problems explaining things in French, she started speaking to me in English and informed me that she used to work with a writer group in USA.

Expression under repression - at WSIS and the 'Net
Expression under repression - at WSIS and the 'Net 18 November 2005 APC

With this excellent title Havis, an international NGO promoting the freedom of expression organised a whole two-day event, gathering a collection of rather interesting people from all over the globe. All discussions and presentations focused on the “most extreme cases”, the exercise of the freedom of communication under hostile regimes – hence the title. The Tunisian governmen...

US slams Tunisia on human rights
US slams Tunisia on human rights 18 November 2005 APC

The US delegation to WSIS expressed disappointment with Tunisia’s failure to secure rights of expression and assembly

Updated list of censored sites
Updated list of censored sites 17 November 2005 APC

This is an update on an earlier story about Tunisian websites that are currently blocked in Tunis. Please see the list below of additional sites. Once again it is not a complete list but it is a very significant one.

Roadblocks on the info superhighway
Roadblocks on the info superhighway 17 November 2005 APC

Blogger Neila Charchour Hachicha says these sites are being censured in Tunisia. We had no problem in accessing them from our part of the globe… so if you can’t get across from Tunis, you know Neila is right. * Reporters sans Frontières, * Parti Démocratique Progressiste, * human rights site Ligue tunisienne des droits de l’Homme, * site of the seven political prisoners o...

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