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YouTube back with vague transparency

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ISLAMABAD: It has been 10 days since access to YouTube in Pakistan was reopened, but local producers of the content for the popular video-sharing website continue to worry when the axe will fall next and how. They say they are confused because the agreement between Google and the government of Pakistan, that unblocked YouTube after […]

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Submarine cable fault affects PTCL broadband users

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KARACHI: Broadband services of Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) – which serves 80 per cent of the broadband users in Pakistan – are affected as there is a major breakdown in the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) submarine cable, which has impacted the whole region of South Asia. The IMEWE is an ultra-high capacity fiber optic cable […]

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Internet providers to blackout websites in protest against imposition of tax

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KARACHI: Pakistani bloggers and internet providers on Monday decided to blackout their websites in protest against the recently imposed taxes by the Punjab government on internet services, according to a joint statement issued by the digital publishers of Pakistan at a press conference. The Punjab government – through an SRO – imposed a whopping 19.5 […]

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Open to change: Govt ready to tweak cybercrime bill

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ISLAMABAD: Agreeing to consider making amendments to the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, the government has invited suggestions from all stakeholders, including the public. Despite being passed by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology, the draft will not be presented before parliament for now because various segments of society have expressed reservations […]

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Ministry terms cyber crime bill a consensus document

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ISLAMABAD – Ministry of Information Technology on Tuesday termed the criticism on newly finalized Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 as baseless and just misconceived interpretation. “The entire notion that the bill was prepared behind closed door needs to be corrected, the bill was in fact put together after exhaustive rounds of consultations with public […]

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3G, 4G may triple internet cost for users

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ISLAMABAD: While debate on the introduction of next generation mobile phone technology is centred on what the government stands to gain from the auction of licences, few realise what the advent of 3G and 4G will mean for consumers in Pakistan, who currently enjoy connectivity at some of the lowest rates in the world. The […]

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