STAFF REPORT LHR: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is making an effort to increase awareness about the kind of impact internet can have on society through Initiative on Internet and Society (IIS).
The LUMS initiative, launched in July last and its purpose is becoming more apparent with the recent US blasphemous movie and its strong reactions across the Muslim world especially in Pakistan. The awareness programme will try to highlight internets impact on law, media and technology. It is the first of its kind of programme in South Asia.
According to Kiran Nazish, who is a fellow at LUMS, there has been no research conducted on the kind of impact internet has in Pakistan. It is also high time that such a study is undertaken. So far the images that the world is seeing are of death and destruction due to the blasphemous content, which will portray Pakistan in the negative light. With IT entrepreneurship taking its roots in the country, the future is surely bright for the internet in Pakistan.
Though it is completely a misuse and misinterpretation of what freedom of expression means and what hate speech is. The internet also needs regulation, like every other media, whether it is print or traditional electronic media.