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Are we prepared for the cyber age?

By: Jawad Hussain Aadil ISLAMABAD: Skyfall, the most recent James Bond flick to hit the cinema screens, is premised on cybercrime. One of the scenes in the movie shows the antagonist, an evil genius, manipulating everything from stock prices to power systems from a laptop from a remote location. The possibility is not too far […]

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To ban or not to ban?

ABOUT three-and-a-half months after it was imposed, the government announced that the ban on YouTube was finally to be lifted.The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, it said, had now acquired a powerful software firewall to comprehensively block blasphemous online material such as the trailer of an anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, which had led to the ban […]

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YouTube unblocking/blocking

The government does not seem to know what it is doing or indeed should do about YouTube. It may be recalled that the government blocked YouTube some time ago on the grounds that the blasphemous material on YouTube was not being removed by the hosts, Google Inc. The material in question was the trailer of […]

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YouTube blocked again on premier’s order

By: Jamal Shahid ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority shut down YouTube again on Saturday evening after opening the video-sharing website for about two hours. The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT) directed the authority, which overlooks operations of all internet service providers in the country, to unblock the second most accessed website at 2:35pm. […]

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Speakers term social media a harbinger of change

PESHAWAR: Participants at a seminar said that social media has played a tremendous role in bringing revolution (Arab Spring) in Arab countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and now in Syria. That’s why people dub it as Facebook or social media revolution, said speakers in a one-day seminar on the changing role of social media in […]

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Malik tweets possible lifting of YouTube ban

By: Umer Nangiana / Zahid Gishkori / Gibran Ashraf ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday tweeted that the world’s largest video-sharing web portal, YouTube will be restored within 24 hours. Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) officials told The Express Tribune that at least two stakeholders, the interior minister and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) […]

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YouTube ban ‘century’

YouTube watchers in Pakistan have now had to endure 100 days in solitude. The video-streaming website, for some unfathomable reason, still remains banned in the country. The original excuse for the ban — that the website was hosting an anti-Islam video — can no longer be the justification given that few even remember anything about […]

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New Year brings with it old problems for Pindi education board

By: Mudassir Raja RAWALPINDI: The fresh examination season has brought troubles back for the Rawalpindi board. The website prepared by the Punjab Information Technology (PIT) does not do what it was designed for: making it easy for candidates to submit their data. Students have been facing problems in registering online owing to multiple faults in […]

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