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YouTube ban lifted after three years

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s telecom authorities lifted a three-year ban on popular video-sharing site after the Google-owned YouTube launched a local version that allows the government to remove material it considers offensive. “The Pakistan Telecommuni­cation Authority (PTA) directed internet service providers on Monday to unblock YouTube with immediate effect,” said a senior government official. A senior PTA […]

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YouTube ban: Reincarnation announced, but resurrection pending

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KARACHI: Google recently launched a localised (.pk) version of YouTube in Pakistan. Many celebrated the development, while a few raised eyebrows. Most thought it now implied a smooth return of YouTube to Pakistan after the hiatus of over three years. But guess what: YouTube’s official entrance is still pending. While it was available through some […]

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No reason to keep YouTube blocked, PTA tells SC

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Even though the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) acknowledges that Google has made it possible for the Pakistani government to ask for the removal of objectionable videos from YouTube, the site’s Urdu version still remains largely inaccessible inside the country. The PTA told the Supreme Court on Saturday that YouTube was blocked because it was […]

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Despite localisation, YouTube remains blocked

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ISLAMABAD: Despite having been launched globally, Internet users in the country still cannot access ‘YouTube PK’, the popular video-sharing website domain localised specifically for Pakistan. On Tuesday, Google announced that YouTube was now also available in Urdu. A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) official, speaking to Dawn on condition of anonymity, said that the Supreme Court […]

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End to the YouTube ban in sight?

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The YouTube ban in Pakistan has just entered its sixteenth month–with its duration equally divided between the previous government which slapped it and the current government which was supposed to undo it. That this saga has gone on for so long is not surprising to Pakistanis who are quite used to a status quo where […]

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Domain of YouTube opened to erase objectionable material, SC told

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it has launched domain of YouTube in Pakistan and after getting access to it, it will be able to erase objectionable material uploaded on it. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan and Justice Qazi Faiz Isa […]

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PTA working on web accessibility for disabled

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ISLAMABAD – In order to facilitate visually and hearing impaired persons in using web, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has started consultations. In this regard, PTA held a meeting on web accessibility for people with disabilities at its headquarters yesterday. The meeting was attended by web developers and representatives of visually impaired persons. During this discussion PTA […]

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BlackBerry Ltd said it has decided to continue its operations in Pakistan as the government dropped a request for access to users’ data. The company, which has faced similar problems in the past in India, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, had said last month it would delay shutting down its operations in […]

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Tipu removed from Pemra office

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government has removed BS-21 Police Service of Pakistan Officer Kamaluddin Tipu from the position of Executive Member (EM) PEMRA. According to Establishment Division office order F. No. 12(24)/88-E-3 (Police) dated December 23, 2015, Tipu has been directed to report establishment division with immediate effect and until further orders. Tipu, in addition to […]

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No final words yet about OTT services fate

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ISLAMABAD – Officials said yesterday that it is too early to predict that certain OTT services (WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook) would have to obtain license from the regulator to operate in the country, under the new telecom policy. The policy has just been announced. There is a clause, which asks the PTA to regulate OTT services […]

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The potential power of social media

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The swift action taken by Punjab Police at the giant Hafeez Centre Plaza, Lahore’s largest IT market, from where dozens of anti-Ahmadi posters were removed from shop fronts, is of course to be lauded. The posters, which had gone up as a part of the local government election campaign, carried slogans stating that the establishments […]

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Pakistan denies cellular interference in Held Kashmir

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is not resorting to cellular interference in Held Jammu and Kashmir, but in fact it is trying to resolve the issue.According to a Pakistan Telecommunication Authority top official, the issue of spill over signal is across the border and both the countries are facing interference. “We have several emails to TRAI (Telecom Regulatory […]

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Environmental pollution: SC gives one-month to complete sewage treatment plant

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KARACHI: The Supreme Court gave on Thursday one-month time to the federal and provincial governments to begin setting up plants in coastal areas around the city to treat sewage water draining into the sea. The direction came after a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, took up the environmental pollution […]

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Senate body asks govt to unblock YouTube

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ISLAMABAD: A Senate standing committee on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Information Technology to unblock YouTube at the earliest. “Both the Internet users and service providers are at the losing ends. The users have been deprived of an important educational platform and Google is losing money,” said chairman Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology Shahi […]

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