Stories about Pakistan

Lost in the Web: Navigating the Legal Maze Online

Media lawyer and human rights expert Nani Jansen gives an overview of censorship and online speech regulation across the globe.

Netizen Report: The Spring of Cybercrime Laws

Cybercrime laws are popping up around the world, from Egypt to Pakistan to Tanzania. Meanwhile, China has outlawed politically controversial avatars and Indian companies are snubbing Facebook.

Pakistani Journalist and Blogger Remains in Exile, One Year After Violent Attack

Once a contributor to Global Voices, Rumi was added to the Taliban's hit list after he opposed government peace talks with the militant group in 2014.

Netizen Report: China Continues to Crack Down on Virtual Private Networks

This week's report begins in China, where the government continues its crackdown on the use of virtual private networks by blocking Avast.com, a free anti-virus and anti-spyware protection software.

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground, on the Internet, in court and behind bars.

Massive Leak Opens New Investigation of FinFisher Surveillance Tools in Pakistan

Unknown hackers released 40 gigabytes of data uncovered about the use of FinFisher, the malicious digital spyware kit, in Pakistan. The Digital Rights Foundation reports on first findings.

Human Rights Experts: Pakistan Could Become a “Police State” Under Protection Ordinance

If implemented in its current form, the consequences of Pakistan's "Protection Ordinance" on citizens’ rights will be far reaching, both on and offline.

Revolutionary Band Laal's Facebook Page is Now Accessible in Pakistan. Hooray? Not Really.

The unblocking of Laal was a minor battle won in the war over Internet content -- a war we are losing.

Pakistan High Court Demands Unblocking of YouTube

In what appears to be a major victory for Internet openness in Pakistan, Lahore's High Court ruled to unblock YouTube, responding to a legal challenge filed by open Internet advocates.

Netizen Report: Pakistan’s Anti-Terror Ordinance May Endanger Online Speech

This week, Brazil kicks off the Internet world cup, activists in Algeria condemn online harassment, and Sina Weibo says censorship is bad for business.

#KholoBC Viral Music Video Fights Pakistan's YouTube Ban

#KholoBC, a rap video denouncing Internet censorship in Pakistan, has gone viral on Pakistani social media.

GV Face: Advox at #IGF2013

Live from Bali, Indonesia, watch Advoxers Hisham Almiraat, Ellery Biddle, Sana Saleem, Nighat Dad, and other friends of GV talk about what's at stake for user rights at this year's...

Queer Pakistan is Blocked: Double-Edged Sword of Media Coverage?

A newly launched website to support Pakistan's LGBT youth has been banned by the authorities. Was Queer Pakistan a victim of its own successful publicity?

Advocates Condemn New Filtering System in Pakistan

IT Minister Anusha Rehman says the new system will allow the government to lift its nearly year-old ban on YouTube, leaving only “objectionable” videos blocked on the site. Meanwhile, many...

The Religious Right Rises! Advocates Face High Stakes in Pakistan

State institutions create new lists of URLs each day and block them routinely. Advocates who challenge state censorship and surveillance practice face increasingly grave threats from both the government and...

Advocates Challenge Use of FinFisher Surveillance Software in Pakistan

The Pakistani human rights organisation Bytes for All is challenging the use of invasive surveillance software by the government of Pakistan. FinFisher, produced by Gamma International, a UK-based company named...

Cyber Attack on Pakistan's Electoral Commission Website

The Electoral Commission of Pakistan, an independent body tasked with supervising the upcoming general election, had its website attacked on Friday, March 29, 2013. According to local media, an "[Indian...

On Eve of Elections, Advocates Challenge YouTube Blocking in Pakistan

With general elections fast approaching in Pakistan, advocates are urging the government to cease blocking sites like YouTube which have become vital platforms for the circulation of news and information....

Pakistan: The “Access Is My Right” Campaign

Pakistani Internet rights NGO Bytesforall has started an online campaign about internet filtering and online censorship. Using storytelling, infographics, and more, the "Access Is My Right" campaign aims to raise...

Pakistan's Fight for Net Freedom

It’s been an active year for digital activism on Internet freedom in Pakistan. The fact that the United Nations deemed it a basic universal human right has not stopped authorities...

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