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Yet another ban

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Sir: The Sindh government has decided to ban instant messaging and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) applications such as Skype, WhatsApp, Tango and Viber for three months as a security measure. Internet freedom groups and activists have expressed anger and disbelief at this decision. Many people said that the government should focus on eliminating terrorism […]

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Proposed ban on chat apps

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THE proposed ban on chat applications WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype is akin to smothering the channel of communication. Despite the technological advancements we are lagging behind in the field of science and technology due to such measures. And the dilemma is that our government is still unaware about the serious consequences these immature steps are […]

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Quagmire on banning of free phone mobile applications

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LAHORE: Pakistan is among the 10 worst countries of the world with reference to freedom of social media internet websites, according to a study titled “Freedom on Net 2013” conducted by an American organisation, Freedom House, in 60 countries of the world in the period of May 2012 and April 2013. Here, a much-discussed issue […]

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Blocking services

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Sir: The usage of Skype, Viber, Tango and Whatsaap has been banned in Sindh. YouTube has already been blocked in Pakistan for the last one year. There were thoughts about blocking Google too. I would like to advise the dear government to please put a complete ban on internet services in Pakistan because, instead of […]

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Sindh government’s absurd ban

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KARACHI: According to media reports, the Sindh government has decided to seek a ban on instant messaging and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) clients Skype, Viber, Tango and WhatsApp for three months in the province. Reports suggest that the ban is being sought for security reasons and the decision was reached during a high-level meeting […]

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Skype Fall

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Skype FallI have a question. What is more problematic – placing a ban on instant messaging services or giving office space to the Taliban? I think what’s problematic here is that these are the only two options we have. Period. And on top of this Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is tweeting this: “I’d rather lose an […]

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Banning freedom

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The PPP had demonstrated that it understood little of how the internet worked when it banned YouTube to block access to one of the billions of videos on the site. That ban has now been in place for over a year and seems to have become sadly permanent. Now, the PPP provincial government in Sindh […]

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Of course, I support the ban on Skype, Viber

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By: Jahanzaib Haque These are crazy times we live in. We are in this war against bloodthirsty, tech-savvy terrorists for the long haul, no holds barred. This fact must be drilled into naive minds who believe a violation of fundamental rights like freedom of expression, right to information and privacy are a gross overstep by […]

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Sindh government exposes itself to ridicule

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KARACHI: The Sindh government decision on Thursday to clamp a ban on major messaging apps for three months has drawn an angry reaction from ordinary users, industry leaders and security experts, with all of them arguing that while the restriction, which can be easily circumvented, will not only badly hit small entrepreneurs but will also […]

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Targeting social media for terrorists

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What will Sindh government ban next? Using motorcycles? Apparently, in all the banning that goes on, a certain class is constantly being targeted. Earlier they did it in the whole country, and now luckily for the rest of the country, they only can do so in Sindh. Ban on pillion riding, ban on Youtube, ban […]

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