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PM’s approval sought to reopen YouTube

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ISLAMABAD: In a bid to reopen social media website YouTube soon in Pakistan, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has dispatched a summary to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, seeking necessary approval prior to his departure to United States, The Nation learnt on Saturday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to visit New York on […]

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YouTube and the pursuit of happiness

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Pakistan enjoys nothing more than proving the wisdom behind the cliché ‘cutting off your nose to spite your face’. It is entirely appropriate that the phrase can be traced back to a time in Europe when women would mutilate themselves in order to protect their ‘purity’, since all our most self-destructive actions involve misbegotten notions […]

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Pakistan’s ‘cyberwar’ for control of the web

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LAHORE: In a dingy Internet cafe, Abdullah gets round the censors with one click and logs onto YouTube, officially banned for a year and at the heart of Pakistan’s cyberwar for control of the web. On September 17, 2012 Islamabad blocked access to the popular video-sharing website after it aired a trailer for a low-budget […]

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YouTube ban: promoting illiteracy in the 21st century

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By: Dr Haider Shah It is tragic that while we see all hate preachers doing brisk business over the internet, sites of science and humanism have been axed Together with countries like China, Iran and Turkmenistan, Pakistan happens to be a place where people cannot access YouTube because of an official ban by the government. […]

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Mature decisions

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YouTube is a known to all of us; we can easily say that it is the most popular social website, every imaginable video can be found on this website from ‘how to’ videos to political advertisements. The influence which YouTube has on communication can be seen through the various videos which are put on the […]

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PTA given three-day deadline to fix YouTube problem

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ISLAMABAD: The government has put the ball into the court of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for re-opening YouTube, as the regulator has been given a three-day deadline to put a mechanism in place to stop the uploading of blasphemous content. “We have developed IT solutions to block around 4,000 URLs having blasphemous content with […]

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Well, at least we’ve banned YouTube

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I had been considering writing on this topic for a while, but I foolishly believed it to be ‘trivial’ or ‘unimportant’, or even ‘so incredibly stupid that my brain hurt to dwell on it for more than a moment’. But our elected leadership and our guardians of justice have managed to open my stubborn eyes. […]

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The YouTube ban

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If adult sites can be effectively blocked in Pakistan, why cant objectionable material be banned on YouTube? It is incomprehensible why a decision on unblocking the site cannot be taken. Is the matter more complicated than the Kashmir problem? Jahanzeb Rawalpindi The News

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Censoring social media: Government caught between fans and foes

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ISLAMABAD: When Max Kelly left his job of the chief security officer at the Facebook in 2010, he just disappeared from the screens of the virtual world – only to be discovered after Edward Snowden rocked the real world with his revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had been snooping on the cyber […]

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Youtube Blocked On Information Technology Ministry’s Order, Peshawar High Court Told

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PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the Peshawar High Court on Thursday that in Sept last year, it had initially blocked around 2067 websites carrying a blasphemous movie, but due to excessive uploading of the movie it completely blocked a social media website, YouTube, on the order of the ministry of information technology (MoIT). […]

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Eight months and counting: Can PTA filter unwanted YouTube content, asks PHC

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) directed a petitioner to collect information on whether the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) could filter blasphemous material being uploaded to YouTube. A PHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth gave the orders while hearing an application filed by Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel. The […]

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Google hardly affected: YouTube blockade

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EIGHT months and counting: the government that imposed the ban is gone, a new one has been elected and there have been several appeals. Yet, there is no sign on the horizon of the blockade on YouTube being overturned. The only information to come out on this front recently is that apropos of a legal […]

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Hearing in case against YouTube ban adjourned by LHC

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday, on request of the Ministry of Information Technology, adjourned till June 06 the hearing of a petition challenging the ban on YouTube, a video sharing website. The court was informed by the law officer of the ministry that the administration of the Google, of which YouTube is […]

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YouTube ban challenged in PHC

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PESHAWAR: A local lawyer has challenged in Peshawar High Court the ban placed on social media website YouTube, pleading that the site should be unblocked. The petitioner, advocate Mian Mohibullah Kakakhel, on Tuesday requested the PHC to direct the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and ministry of interior to open the website (www.YouTube.com) for the benefit of […]

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