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Regulating websites

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THIS is apropos Fahad Daud’s letter (Feb 9). It was about the PTA’s policy of regulating critical websites for Pakistani users. He argued that as a free citizen he has the right to surf whatsoever he wants to in his privacy. The problem is that the PTA is not for just one citizen. It is […]

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On This Day: 2005 YouTube is created

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YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, all early employees of PayPal. According to online sources, Hurley and Chen developed the idea for YouTube after they had experienced difficulty sharing videos that had been shot at a dinner party at Chen’s apartment. Karim did not attend the party and denied that […]

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Media as a guide and monster

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By: Fazal Muhammad Khan Media has become a powerful actor in the modern world, particularly in Pakistan. Media inclusive of traditional media and social media primarily aims at informing, educating and entertaining the public; but in doing it so; it at times have worked to lead its viewers and/or readers in Pakistan to sociopolitical chaos […]

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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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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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21,000 websites blocked by PTA, so far

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has so far blocked over 21,000 websites containing blasphemous material and while the process is still continuing a report will be sent to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Monday to decide if the YouTube should be reopened. After verifying the strength of the response mechanism placed by the PTA to […]

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Why filtering the internet is a bad idea

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The writer is one of the directors at Bolo Bhi and has previously worked at Newsline It is not about YouTube, just like it was never about Facebook in 2010. The issue was never limited to the reopening of particular platforms which were accessed through the use of proxies by Pakistanis despite the bans in […]

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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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Free expression today

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In a YouTube-less Pakistan, where children and young women are punished for their freedom of expression while radical, militant societal elements are given prime time coverage A parent is told at a parent–teacher meeting that her daughter has been careless lately. When asked to describe and draw an eggplant in science class, she left the […]

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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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Limiting information

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IT is a testament to the rapid progress of information technology that lectures and courses by well-known educational institutes, analyses of political and social discourse, and historical accounts of relatively unknown events can be accessed through video-sharing websites such as YouTube. However, in Pakistan, because of certain sacrilegious videos purportedly threatening public order, a whole […]

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Businesses thriving on social media websites

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KARACHI: Social media is generally used for entertainment purpose, but it is also helping flourish businesses as the Internet users’ interest ratio shows that corporate sector pages are the most popular pages on facebook in Pakistan. Facebook has become the most used social network in Pakistan with 8.5 million users recorded in April 2013. Keeping […]

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Ministry hesitant over YouTube opening

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By: Usman Cheema ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom is facing the situation of ‘who will bell the cat,’ as the government wants to reopen YouTube but is unable to find a shoulder to share load if something wrong happens. The Nation through reliable sources has learnt that the previous and incumbent governments are […]

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