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COAS, DG ISI don’t have Facebook, twitter accounts: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday clarified that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Director General ISI do not have any Facebook or twitter accounts.There is only one twitter and one facebook account of Military Spokesman/DG ISPR Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, said an ISPR press release issued here. Military Spokesman/ DG […]

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FIA probing ‘fake column’ in Irfan Siddiqui’s name

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By: Irfan-Siddiqui The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday registered a first information report (FIR) against an unidentified accused for writing a column and publishing it on social media in the name of known columnist and Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui. The FIA Cyber Crime Wing initiated investigation on the application […]

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Inter-ministerial body restrained from blocking websites

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By: Malik Asad ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday restrained the inter-ministerial committee for the evaluation of websites (IMCEW) from blocking websites, including that of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working for the rights of internet users. Justice Athar Minallah issued the order on a petition filed by ‘Bolo Bhi’. The committee was restrained […]

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ISI and the military lodge complaint against fake Facebook accounts

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ISLAMABAD: Fake Facebook accounts used to be a problem faced by teenage girls, but it appears that in Pakistan, they are also becoming a bother for the military and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). The ISI and the military have formally complained to the Ministry of Information Technology (MOIT) and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) […]

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Facebook revolution

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There is a lesson to be learned from the Facebook campaign against ghost teachers that has created a much-needed stir in Sindh’s education department. Names of teachers who are enrolled with the education department, but are not showing up to work have been published on the campaign’s Facebook page, along with their photographs, by the […]

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Facebook campaign sparks revolution in education sector

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KARACHI: What the Sindh government could not do with all its resources and powers, a few concerned individuals have managed to accomplish with a little spark of ingenuity and the help of modern technology. The campaign against ‘ghost teachers’ that has gone viral on Facebook since it started last month has sparked a kind of […]

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PTA official summoned in Youtube case

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LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Wednesday summoned a “responsible” senior official of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to answer several queries arising during hearing of petitions against ban on Youtube, a popular video sharing website. Bytes for All, a non-government organisation (NGO), and others had filed petitions demanding the court to lift the […]

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FIA using Facebook to nab offenders

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LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency has started using social networking website – Facebook – to reach suspects. Perhaps the Future Concern case is the first of its kind in which the FIA has managed to nab seven culprits with the help of Facebook account of their accomplice. Also read: The fake world of Facebook Although […]

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What you cannot see on Facebook

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IN an effort towards greater transparency, social networking giant Facebook released its latest ‘Government Requests Report’ containing bare-bones data on requests they receive from countries for access to user account data, and requests to restrict access to content. The current January-June 2014 report is the third such dataset Facebook has released, and, staying true to […]

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Censoring the internet

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The rise and rise of the internet over the last 20 years to the point of its ubiquity today is both boon and bane for governments everywhere. In large part, this is because the internet is the complete antithesis of government. It is in many ways unregulated and extremely difficult to control where it has […]

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‘#WeSupportARY’ hash-tag tops Twitter trend, slams Pemra

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KARACHI: The unlawful and one-sided decision by Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority to suspend ARY News license has drawn outpouring of anger from different segments of society including politicians with an appeal to restore the channel forthwith. Alongside Twitter, hundreds of thousands of users also posted messages and voice their reservation on top social […]

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Institutional mechanism must to block undesired material on Internet

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ISLAMABAD: “The reopening of YouTube does not fall in our jurisdiction and there is a need to evolve an institutional mechanism to identify undesired content on the Internet,” said Anusha Rehman. The Minister for State on Information Technology and Telecom at the occasion of consultative workshop on IT Policy agreed that Pakistan will have to […]

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Social media — helpful or harmful?

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Does social media improve communications? Has social media’s personal and professional impact been advantageous or detrimental? The predicament here is that there is no right or wrong answer. It is difficult to take a rigid stance on the benefits or disadvantages of social media because this particular argument comprises several grey areas. From a professional […]

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Understanding digital politics

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I practice, research and teach media and can understand that populism clouds the process of democracy. I see populism in the movement of Imran Khan and that the exclusivism prevailing in the corridors of power is feeding this populism. Khan’s movement relies on projection of simplified and generalised complexities of a system that has been […]

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