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Blocking websites and cyber technology

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IN the past few years, increased taxes and poor law and order situation in the country has have resulted in losses for cellular network operators, while the ban on Internet contents has also decreased revenues of ISPs and submarine fibre optic cable operators in the country. Much has been said about all this and other challenges facing the telecommunications industry but the nation has another challenge awaiting, and that is cyber crime law. Pakistan must align its relevant local laws…Read More

Blocking pre-paid SIMs may plunge telecom sector into crisis

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article image By Paras AliAN IMBROGLIO-LIKE situation has emerged plunging the telecom sector as the stakeholders including cell phone companies and the common users into deep shock following the National Assembly’s select committee recommending elimination of all pre-paid SIMs in the country and converting the post-paid SIMs mechanism to tackle the crimes being committed through misuse of thee illegal SIMs.Similarly, Interior Minister Rehman Malik meanwhile declared that over-the-counter sale of mobile…Read More

PTA seeks public coop in blocking anti-Islam sites

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has sought the public cooperation in pointing out the any anti-Islamic video on internet through any ISP or mobile operator in Pakistan.According to a press release issued by the PTA, the Chief Justice of Pakistan has ordered the telecom authority to block access of all anti-Islamic blasphemous videos on YouTube, including the recently launched anti-Islamic film that has sparked protests across the Muslim world.The PTA was summoned…Read More

PTAs blocking websites criteria unclear

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Delay in blocking of websites objectionable’ has always been an issue for the internet surfers but at the same time the blockade of those website that do not carry any objectionable’ stuff, too, has confused rather surprised the internet users as the telecom watchdog, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) has not yet come up with any clear criteria of blocking certain websites.More recently, the telecom authority has directed all ISPs to block 15 YouTube links reportedly on…Read More

PTA orders blocking sc and alous websites

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB:  The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has ordered all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block numerous scandalous internet sites, specifically the audio recording of a sensual conversation between two sitting parliamentarians.The footage of a press conference in which a lady TV artist claimed that she and a man working with a state organisation have secretly got married and they have a son, is also to be blocked.In an email directive to all ISPs issued by Mohammad…Read More

IT ministry, PTA served notices on URL blocking system

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Sindh High Court has issued notices to the Ministry of Information Technology and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on a petition challenging the censorship and blockade of websites and online forums containing political views.The petition has been filed by Ayesha Tammy Haq and others, with a plea that the respondents were illegally blocking and censoring access to various websites and online forums that criticized the workings of state institutions.The online…Read More