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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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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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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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Threatening women online

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Worrying accounts of online abuse faced by women in Pakistan have been revealed by human rights organisation and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) think tank Bytes For All. According to them the threat against women being made prey to online stalkers and blackmailers is real and very dangerous. They have given examples ranging from online […]

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Online abuse of Pakistani women turns into real violence

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ISLAMABAD: Internet abuse of women in Pakistan is triggering real-world violence against them, but major social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, are moving too slowly to stop it, according to internet rights group Bytes for All. Women face online threats globally, but they run a unique risk in Pakistan, where there is a […]

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Cybercrime – an advancing dark force

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In the past week, the recent scandal of leaked nude photographs of famous celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence has quite literally hogged the information space. Many of us have reacted by dismissively changing the channel or scoffing about how gossip-infused the world has become. However, we fail to recognise that the leakage of these photographs via […]

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A new kind of cybercrime brings robbers to your doorstep

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KARACHI: Placing an online ad on websites like OLX or Facebook to sell items is a good way to attract buyers, but it may also attract robbers and gangs. A worrying crime trend has emerged in the city; criminals and gangs involved in muggings and street crimes are now scouring such websites in search of […]

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Use of social media banned in agriculture university

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RAWALPINDI: The Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi has imposed a ban on the use of social media on the campus. Earlier, the students were allowed to use Facebook and Twitter through the university’s WI-Fi and servers. However, last month, the popular social networking services were blocked. The students termed the university management’s […]

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We need to survive the digital age

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In the United States, everyone — from a school girl to Lady Gaga, from a young boy to President Barack Obama — posts stories from their lives on social media outlets. Even the Central Intelligence Agency, one of the world’s top spy agencies, got itself a Twitter account recently. But Pakistanis can only dream about […]

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Censoring tweets in Pakistan

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“Twitter Institutes Country Withheld Content Tool in Pakistan for the First Time,” read the headline of a post published on the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse website on May 18, 2014. In it were details of five requests made to Twitter by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), seeking to restrict `blasphemous’ and`unethical’ tweets and user accounts, which […]

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No plan to restrict Facebook, Skype after 3G auction

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ISLAMABAD: The government holds no plan to restrict important services such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Skype after spectrum auction of multi-billion dollars 3G and 4G technologies in Pakistan, official sources confirmed to The News on Friday. The Cellular companies are worried about streams of their cash-inflows in terms of their voice services as increased […]

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Cyber- jihad and espionage

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From its earliest days, the internet was conceived as an open, anarchic space where no government could censor content or spy on traffic. That was then: now welcome to the world of cyber-espionage. States have been acutely conscious of the vast flow of possibly subversive messages in the form of emails, tweets and Facebook comments […]

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Social and Digital Media On The Rise

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Social media has taken over our lives, changing the way of communication for all. Digital space is changing with a blink of an eye giving brands a new medium to advertise and interact with their potential consumers. Not a single day goes by when one doesn’t check his Facebook; approximately one million Pakistanis have joined […]

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