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Police chiefs in Punjab told to learn how to operate IT systems

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RAWALPINDI: The inspector general of police (IGP) Punjab has given senior police officers two weeks to learn how to operate the 17 IT software programs introduced in the police department to improve service delivery. In a directive to all divisional and district police officers, the IGP expressed concern over the lack of interest by senior […]

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IT ministry in the dark about status of cyber crime bill

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology has no idea about the status of the cyber crime bill. This much was conceded by its Secretary, Azmat Ali Ranjha on Thursday. The IT Secretary was responding to a question from the chair of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications, Maj Tahir Iqbal, who […]

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Social media still in use to spread hate material

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ISLAMABAD – It has been six months now to the launch of National Action Plan (NAP) to eliminate terrorism but hate material continues to pile up on social media. Total blackout of terrorists on media, destroying of communication system of terrorist organizations and banning of hate material and propaganda to promote sectarianism, extremism and intolerance […]

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Cybercrime Bill: Misconceptions and realities

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At present the only law dealing with the cyber crimes or computer related crimes in Pakistan is Electronic Transactions Ordinance 2002. However, the offences defined under this Ordinance are of very limited scope covering privacy of information and damage to information systems only. Whereas everyone agrees that there is a dire need of a law […]

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Internet applications transform economy

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LAHORE: Internet applications have transformed the economy through the use of sensors, which collect and transmit accurate information in real time, said analysts on Wednesday. “The information is used to improve products, services and operations,” said IT expert Saad Bin Tahir. He added that a more common and earliest use is in energy optimisation. Power […]

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SIM verification drive may suffer, PTA warns interior ministry

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KARACHI: Protesting against police and Rangers for raiding ‘rightful businesses’ and arresting retailers selling SIM cards of cellular firms, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has warned the interior ministry that such actions may ‘hamper’ the much-publicised verification drive of cellular data in the country, it emerged on Saturday. The telecom watchdog has expressed serious reservations over […]

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Ministry rejects cyber security council bill

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ISLAMABAD: The much awaited proposed National Cyber Security Council (NCSC) Bill has failed to get the nod of Ministry of Information Technology, which has termed it ‘anti-state’ and ‘against national security’. The NCSC bill was moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman told a Senate panel on November 10 […]

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Senate body discusses National Cyber Security Council Bill

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ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology on Monday discussed in detail the National Cyber Security Council Bill, 2014. The committee, which met here at the Parliament House, was chaired by Senator Muhammad Idress Khan Safi. Senators Zahid Khan, Mohsin Leghari, Farhat Abbas, Sheral Malik, Hafiz Hamdullah and Abdul Qayoom Soomro attended the meeting. Minister […]

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Security hazard: K-P home dept bans helicams

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Home and Tribal Affairs department has imposed a ban on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and helicams – drones fitted with cameras – for broadcast purposes. The decision has been taken on the directives of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA). According to a notification issued by the home department, the […]

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Nadra registered 3,000 aliens in 40 days: official

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KARACHI: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has registered around 3,000 aliens in just 40 working days since merger with it of the National Aliens Registration Authority, said a senior official on Thursday. “The aliens’ registration will help the government improve law and order conditions by providing exact number of aliens living in the […]

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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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Indian hackers deface PPP website

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The official website of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was defaced Wednesday by a team of Indian hackers, slamming PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari for his recent statement on Kashmir. A group calling themselves the ‘Indian Hackers Online Squad’ replaced the website’s homepage with messages ridiculing Bilawal for his comments, and claiming that “will never get […]

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Not smart enough for smart phones?

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Smart phones are used in developed countries for the sake of convenience with a myriad of apps enabling users to run their lives ‘on fingertips’, as the cliché goes. But in Pakistan, despite their meteoric rise in demand, such gadgets are nothing more than fashion statements. With eight million or so (branded and unbranded) smart […]

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45,000 Afghan SIMs blocked in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The roaming facility of five Afghan mobile phone companies has been blocked due to which more than 45,000 Afghan SIMs have stopped functioning in Pakistan. A TV channel quoting sources reported that the SIMs were blocked due to their use in terror activities and cases of abduction for ransom.The respective operators have also submitted […]

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