IT ministry shelves URLs filtration plan

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The Ministry of IT and Telecom has stopped proceeding on website filtration plan on which local and international internet companies have shown massive reaction.
Under such plan, Ministry of IT and Telecoms ICT RandD issued an advert internationally asking the interested companies to send proposals regarding preparation and installation of an internet censorship software. The objective of that software was to filter the internet traffic coming to Pakistan that contains un-Islamic and porn material.
Majority of the people support the authorities to block obscene material on internet for protecting society – particularly growing up students from the menace; whereas there are people who have expressed their reservations over the mechanism of this plan that may be exploited for massive censorship to suppress the public freedom of expression in case of any political opposition, an official of the ministry said.
This highly hyped URL filtering system is an effort to centralize the blockade process of adult websites, which is currently being done manually at individual level by ISPs. So theoretically theres nothing new. No new rules, no new policy.


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