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‘Social Media is going to have a huge impact in rural areas’

By: Usman Liaquat KARACHI: The two-day Social Media Mela kicked off Friday at Avari Towers, the second such international social media conference to be held in the country. Jointly organised by PeaceNiche and the United States consulates in Lahore and Islamabad, the event aims to foster dialogue between journalists, entrepreneurs, activists and writers of India […]

Social media emerging as ‘critical factor’ in politics

By: Imtiaz Ali Karachi: Social media is emerging as a critical factor in politics while online activism helps to address certain specific issues of people like civic facilities and getting the salary, but it has limits to tackle the chronic problems of corruption and poverty. With more and more people using Twitter and Facebook, there […]

The night that changed a tweeter’s life

Karachi: On Twitter, he is known as ‘Really Virtual’, but people worldwide know him as the guy who live-tweeted the Osama bin Laden raid in Abbottabad. Before tweeting about the raid, the biggest achievement of Sohaib Akhtar’s life was to open up a coffee shop in Abbottabad, as he quipped he did not like the […]

Complain — it’s important

By: Saher Baloch Karachi: Blogger Faisal Kapadia started off a discussion on ‘Slacktivism’ on the opening day of the Pakistan-India Social Media Mela here on Friday by saying that they were going to deliberate on “how social media got someone fired”. The “someone” in his comment was obviously Maya Khan and how outrage on social […]

Call for peace via social media

By: Beena Sarwar Karachi: The restrictive visa regime between India and Pakistan nearly stymied the ‘India’ part of the First India-Pakistan Social Media Mela in Karachi on Friday and Saturday. Indian participants to this ground-breaking event got their visas literally a couple of hours before their flight to Karachi – minus keynote speaker Barkha Dutt […]

Social media enthusiasts descend on the city

By: Sidrah Roghay Karachi: US Consul General William Martin said that the people of Pakistan and India could help pave the way for peace between the two countries by exchanging views through social media. He was speaking at the 2012 Pakistan-India Social Media Mela, which kicked off on Friday amid whispers of “the best hash […]

Social media termed citizens’ diplomacy

KARACHI: From an online campaign to get visa restrictions on both sides of the border eased to using social media for change and expressing opinions that the mainstream media might not be interested in, discussions on day one of the two-day 2012 Pakistan-India Social Media Mela gave a chance for ‘alternative’ viewpoints to be heard. […]

Cyber security: a wake-up call

If the president of United States complains that the growing number of attacks on their cyber networks has become “one of the most serious economic and national security threats their nation faces,” it certainly carries lot of weight. It reflects the stark truth that when technology is available, it could be used by anybody. In […]

Cyber crime: No internet for 0.25m users from today

More than a quarter million internet users across the world are to be affected by a DNS (Domain Name System) malware called DNS Changer which will curtail internet access from today (Monday) onwards, according to The cutoff is scheduled for 12:01am Eastern Daylight Time. Following this time, computers affected by the malware will witness […]

VimpelCom, Google sign agreement

LAHORE: According to Mobilink, its parent company ‘VimpelCom Ltd’ – a leading global provider of telecommunications services – and Google on Friday announce an agreement to deliver a new, enhanced digital entertainment experience for VimpelCom customers across its markets. VimpelCom customers will be able to use their mobile accounts to easily find, try and buy […]

Social media ‘reporting’ hurting real journalism

By Umer Nangiana “Journalists are bound by rules and ethics. Unlike social media, journalists are required to ¬give information in a responsible way,” Coalition for Ethical Journalism Director Aidan White. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has laws and a constitution, but nobody follows them. Similarly, the country’s media does have codes of conduct, but very few journalists practice […]

Sindh special education dept launches website

The Sindh Special Education Department has launched its website. This was stated by Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh on Special Education, Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh. He said here on Thursday that the establishment of the website is among the numerous steps taken by the government of Sindh to develop the Department of Special Education. The adviser […]

Official website of district government not updated

TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN: The official website of the district government, developed and updated by its information-technology cell, is not up-to-date for the last one year and lacks important information about Contingency Plan 2012, Rain Emergency Cell, Revenue, Agricultural Extension, Police, Excise, Forest, Zakat, Ushr Social Welfare and Women’s Development departments etc. The website, which is […]

Museum library link goes up on website next month

LAHORE: The Lahore Museum will publish synopses of the 35,000 or so books in its collection on its website ( by next month and place the entire collection online in years to come, The Express Tribune has learnt. Librarian Ahmad Bashir Bhatti, who proposed the digitising of the museum library 10 years ago, said that […]