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Voicing concern: Cyber crime bill continues to attract criticism

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KARACHI: While the internet users in Pakistan still await the return of YouTube, the government looks to usher in the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PEC) 2015. “The government has not even consulted the relevant parties”, said Pakistan Software Houses Association (Pasha) president Jehan Ara, who is of the opinion that the draft law […]

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Love in the time of social media

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ISLAMABAD: How are online social networks today affecting true and sincere relationships? Technological development and the widespread use of internet-based technologies have changed the mode of communication. Traditionally, communication was done through the exchange of letters and limited telecommunication in the form of telephones. Now, the internet technology has paved the way for the development […]

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No plan to restrict Facebook, Skype after 3G auction

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ISLAMABAD: The government holds no plan to restrict important services such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Skype after spectrum auction of multi-billion dollars 3G and 4G technologies in Pakistan, official sources confirmed to The News on Friday. The Cellular companies are worried about streams of their cash-inflows in terms of their voice services as increased […]

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Tackling illegal web traffic

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THESE days telecommunications and Internet Protocol (IP) in Pakistan are challenged by our regulatory authority that is blocking websites. The authority has blocked more than 1,300 mobile SIMs and 3,160 phones/devices through their International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers during the last month and, importantly, over 200,000 IP addresses after the installation of grey traffic monitoring […]

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Grey phone traffic: IT authorities passing the buck to ISI

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ISLAMABAD: The government’s information technology authorities deserve spanking as they have not just terribly failed to address some burning issues facing the internet users but have also shifted the burden of blocking and monitoring grey traffic to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The terrorism-hit Pakistan requires of its intelligence agencies to focus on countering the internal […]

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Pakistan’s cyber dilemma

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Our leaders are a group of professional thinkers and planners. This has been proved by the ridiculous plans that they come up with to curtail terrorism. Everyone had laughed at our ex- Interior Minister Malik for suddenly closing down cellular phone services whenever ‘HE’ thought the country was at risk, I am sure he took […]

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Ban it like it’s hot

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Despite popular belief, it appears that Rehman Malik wasn’t the only one with a vendetta against communication services; it’s the whole of the PPP. The Sindh government’s decision to ban Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and Tango is just another illustration of the country’s ‘just-ban-it’ approach towards matters. They say that once you taste blood, it’s hard […]

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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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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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Provincial government decides 3-month ban on social networks for security reason

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The provincial government of Sindh province on October 3 recommended a 3-month ban on messaging and social networks ostensibly for security reason. The provincial government recommended to the federal government a temporary three-month ban on instant messaging and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, including Skype, Whatsapp, Viber and Tango, in Sindh to deprive terrorists […]

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Baat Cheet Launched

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KARACHI: Amidst tensions at the LoC and an exchange of belligerent rhetoric from politicians and the media on both sides of the border, an alternative media platform called Baat Cheet initiated by Tehelka in India and PeaceNiche in Pakistan was launched at T2F on Wednesday. The Indian participants in the event led by Kunal Majumder, […]

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Kidnapped by Facebook friend

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THE story (May 28) was indeed bone-chilling as this was the most heinous criminal act performed by criminals with the help of social networking media Facebook. Needless to say that the social media through the blessings of the Internet has invaded every household the world over and ironically access to the Internet is open to […]

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