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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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Facebook and our youth

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If you have safety check on your children signed in social networks like twittering, Facebook, whatsapp and viber… you may shock of your life. While we are social media enthusiasts and addicted to networking, we still believe that use of social media by the youth needs some careful steps. Facebook is a top social networking […]

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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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Zuckerberg promises Facebook won’t ruin WhatsApp

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Facebook’s approach to our personal information couldn’t be more at odds with Mark Zuckerberg’s newly acquired company, WhatsApp. While Facebook wants to catalogue as much data on its users as it can, WhatsApp wants to know the bare minimum. The new owner of WhatsApp has promised to keep it that way. In an interview at […]

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Skype Gets Dark in Karachi

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“Every country has such priorities. But why is it that the sword of censorship falls on our heads most of the time?” First, it was Youtube. Now, if the government of Sindh has its way, it could well be goodbye to Skype, Whatsapp, Viber and Tango for the people of this province in southeastern Pakistan. […]

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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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Communication needs of Pakistan’s youth and cellphone

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LAHORE: Returning to school, college or university after the summer holidays is always a bittersweet experience. After the long, relaxed summer break – often spent travelling – it takes some adjusting into the routine of academics. At the same time, however, coming back to school means reconnecting with friends and one’s social circle. As summer […]

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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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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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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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Facebook, WhatsApp ranked most popular apps

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LAHORE: With the emergence of smart-phones and mobile internet, social networking tools Facebook and WhatsApp are ranked as the most popular among Pakistani youth, that has an over-powering urge to stay connected at all times. Facebook and WhatsApp are accessible through their respective applications depending on the handset model and the best part of these […]

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