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Rs3 billion cost impedes YouTube restoration?

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ISLAMABAD: Universities and research institutes across the country as well as million of students remain deprived of essential educational contents available on YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing website, as the government is unwilling to spend Rs3 billion required to install filters for blocking the blasphemous and offensive contents on the website, The News has learnt. […]

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Amendments to Cyber Crimes bill finalised

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ISLAMABAD: A sub-committee of the Parliament on Wednesday finalised amendments in the draft cyber crimes bill, giving some concessions to the IT industry and civil society while maintaining most of the original clauses of the previously formulated legislation. A marathon meeting of the committee, chaired by Major (R) Tahir Iqbal continued for six hours to […]

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Amendments to Cyber Crimes bill finalized

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: A sub-committee of the Parliament on Wednesday finalised amendments in the draft cyber crimes bill, giving some concessions to the IT industry and civil society while maintaining most of the original clauses of the previously formulated legislation. A marathon meeting of the committee, chaired by Major (R) Tahir Iqbal continued for six hours to […]

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Blackberry services can be continued on providing access: PTA

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD – PTA on Sunday said that all the Black Berry services, including Enterprise Services (BES) would continue in Pakistan, if the cellular companies provide law enforcing agencies access to its BES services. It is a wrong perception that PTA is going to ban Blackberry services in the country, instead we have been asking the […]

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PTA launches ‘mobile education’

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakis-tan Tele-communication Authority (PTA) launched on Tuesday an Internet website ‘Smart Pakistan’ accessible on cell phones. The website: www.smartpakistan.pk will serve as a repository and directory of mobile applications related to health and education etc. This will serves as a starting site for web users and will open links to other sites, the […]

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A bill for the protection of whom?

Pakistan Press Foundation

After the public outcry that was raised when details of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 (PECB) first became public, the government finally decided to hold public hearings on the contentious issue. Those criticising the legislation have been given a chance to provide input for improvements. Had the government adopted this process at the […]

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Black phone story is fake: PTA

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ISLAMABAD: A systematic propaganda campaign to defame Geo and Jang Group has once again failed miserably as the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has exposed the reality of so-called “black phone scandal” by confirming that the largest media group of Pakistan had never requested or acquired any such phone and all letters being circulated on the […]

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Panel takes up draft bill on cyber terror

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ISLAMABAD: As a parliamentary panel prepares to take up government proposed legislation on cyber terrorism on Thursday (today), IPPs, entrepreneurs and civil society called it an attempt to put a ‘gag’ on freedom of expression and to give the spy agencies unbridled powers. Headed by Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Nawaz […]

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Today is last day for biometric verification of SIMs

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Today (April 12, 2015) is the last day for biometric verification of SIMs. According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), unverified SIMs would be blocked from Monday. Meanwhile, the PTA has also laid down a procedure for the verification of SIMs of Overseas Pakistanis. For those SIMs which are present in Pakistan and their owners […]

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SIM verification drive to cause loss of 20m subscriptions

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KARACHI: There is a strong likelihood that cellular mobile operators (CMOs) will lose close to 20 million subscriptions as a result of the ongoing drive for biometric re-verification of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, which is ending on April 12. As part of its National Action Plan to counter terrorism, the government had directed CMOs […]

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Cyber units fail to disable or block TTP website

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ISLAMABAD: Senior officials admitted on Tuesday that they had no effective legal mechanism to take down or block access to the website of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the banned outfit involved in most of the terrorist activities in the country. It was the TTP that claimed responsibility for the Dec 16 attack on the Army […]

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SIM verification

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ON Feb 21 at about 1pm I went for the verification of my SIM at a SIM outlet in Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Karachi. I was asked to cough up Rs20 for SIM verification instead of the official stipulated rate of Rs10 per SIM. When attention was drawn to the official rate, the people at this verification centre […]

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PTA may be empowered to undertake Internet content management

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ISLAMNABAD: As part of the National Action Plan (NAP) to root out terrorism Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is considering an official summary to grant powers to PTA to block blasphemous and hate material on the social media and Internet, The News has learnt. Ministry of information technology (MoIT) has forwarded a summary to PM for […]

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SIMs verification through BVS: government fails to prepare SOPs

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The government failed to prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for persons whose thumb verification is not possible even though it included re-verification of Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) through Biometric Verification System (BVS) in the National Action Plan (NAP), it is learnt. The re-verification process of SIMs through BVS commenced from January 12, 2015, where 103 […]

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