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FIA helpless as incidents of cybercrime reach a new high

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LAHORE: With more than a thousand incidents of cybercrime being reported in Punjab within the past two months and people being conned of millions of rupees, eyebrows have been raised over the performance of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). While cybercrimes including that of blackmailing students especially women, internet frauds and ATM skimming are increasing […]


PITB launches e-Khidmat mobile app

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Lahore: Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has said that Punjab IT Board in collaboration with the Punjab government has established the eighth mega state-of-the-art e-Khidmat Marakaz in Lahore. PITB Chairman Dr Umar Saif said this while addressing the launch of the e-Khidma mobile application to facilitate the general public for more than 17 government; district, […]


Facebook introduces new feature in Pakistan to help increase blood donations

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Facebook is launching a blood donations feature in Pakistan to make it easier for people to sign up to be blood donors, and to help connect donors with people and organizations in need. Pakistan, like many countries, has a shortage of safe blood. In some cases, this shortage means patients and their families are responsible […]


Twitter wars after apex court verdict

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LAHORE – Nearly one million tweets were made on social media website Twitter after the Supreme court announced the verdict that an individual disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan could not serve as head of a political party. The short order was announced by a three-judge Supreme court (SC) bench […]


Crackdown on fake armed forces social media accounts

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ISLAMABAD: A list of over 250 fraudulent social media accounts using the names of Pakistan’s armed forces has been forwarded to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor for the purpose of a crackdown on such accounts, says a press release. The FIA has, in […]


KU imposes social media curbs on students

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The University of Karachi has issued its annual code of conduct for students stating that social media accounts of students would be monitored so they should use them responsibly and refrain from posting controversial posts, among other directives. In a notification issued on Wednesday, the varsity has announced a ban on any student organised activities […]


Cybercrime: Threats through electronic communication criminalised

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ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday approved criminalising certain offences under cybercrime and its related laws that were previously proceeded against under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Those include hurling threats and harassment through any form of electronic communication (in addition to the internet). The approval was granted during the weekly cabinet meeting presided over by […]


The online boom

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Pakistan is a country that is rapidly developing as an online market. There is a rise in e-commerce that is linked to the explosion of mobile phone and smart device ownership, and the increasing availability of the internet even in remote areas. With a growing number of customers that rely on the numerous courier services […]


SOWC report 2017: Children need to be protected when online

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ISLAMABAD: As mobile phones and internet access become ubiquitous, governments, the digital technology sector and telecom industries must make expanding access to the internet and protect children online a priority. This was stated in the latest iteration of the annual ‘The State of the World’s Children (SOWC) 2017: Children in a digital world” report launched […]


Internet landscape under threat in Pakistan: report

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ISLAMABAD: Threats to the internet landscape, including arbitrary administrative shutdowns, misplaced judicial activism against internet freedoms, the rise of cyber-armies, enforced disappearances of activists and the abuse of cybercrime legislation have been on the rise across the country, according to a report titled Internet Landscape of Pakistan 2017, reported a private media outlet. The report […]


Data protection and privacy

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What is data? WITH the fast paced advancements in technology and the increasing pervasiveness of information and community technologies (ICTs) in everyday life, our personal information is accessible to multiple parties including corporations, governments, hackers, stalkers and other third parties. We have now entered what Klaus Schwab calls the fourth industrial revolution, which, he argues, […]


Govt told to implement anti-blasphemy measures online

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given the federal government a week to implement its order in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on social media. IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui warned on Friday that in case of non-compliance, the prime minister and other cabinet ministers could be summoned at the […]


Anti-judiciary tweets: notices to Pemra, Maryam

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on a petition seeking contempt proceedings against the latter for uttering ‘outrageous’ remarks against judges of the Supreme Court. Amina Malik of the Civil Society Network had filed […]


Pakistan: Government suspend television news channels, Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and Daily Motion to prevent coverage of protests.

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On November 25, 2017, Pakistani government suspended all national private news channels, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Daily Motion across the country for over 24 hours, to prevent coverage of police crackdown against protestors in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. A number of journalists were also injured while covering the protests. Around 8,000 security officials took […]