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'Here are 400,000 smut sites. Block them' says Pakistani telco regulator

Pakistani ISP sysadmins are getting ready to write a lot of firewall rules, with the country's telecommunications regulator issuing a list of 429,343 banned-smut Websites. The decision follows hard behind the country's decision to lift its long-standing ban on YouTube (something also qualified by rules that include blocking of …
Pakistani ISP PCTL welcomes YouTube back to the country

Cat vids return to Pakistan as YouTube turns on censor-matic

Pakistan has allowed YouTube to traverse its digital borders again, after Google agreed to oversight by the nation's telecoms regulators. Pakistan barred YouTube in 2012, after the film Innocence of Muslims hit the service and sparked often-violent reactions to its supposedly blasphemous content. The nation decided it could …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2016
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Google ponders purified Pakistani YouTube

Pakistan's Standing Committee on Information Technology and Communications has recommended that the nation end its ban on YouTube. Pakistan was unhappy with YouTube for years, on grounds that it made it possible to view content considered blasphemous. Once the controversial film “Innocence of Muslims” made it to Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015

Pakistan bans BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Pakistan has reportedly ordered the nation's carriers to cease offering services that route email through BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), a product that among other things encrypts email. Pakistan's Express Tribune reports that the nation's Ministry of Interior last Friday instructed the Pakistan Telecommunication …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015
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Pakistan wants to copy GCHQ and eavesdrop on world+dog's comms

Pakistan's intelligence agencies want to snoop on all communications crossing its borders. Documents published by Privacy International (PI) on Wednesday (PDF) show Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency proposed a programme to monitor all international IP traffic coming into and out of the country, encompassing …
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015

Facebook tips India and Pakistan into NUCLEAR WAR of words

Ever keen to flirt with the apocalypse, Mark Zuckerberg has provoked a nuclear flame-war on Facebook by posting a map celebrating the "countries connected" by his controversial internet.org project, which features an outline of India which excludes the politically disputed territory of Kashmir. Kashmir has been the site of …
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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

Unidentified gunmen have killed Pakistani women's activist Sabeen Mahmud in a targeted shooting that also left her mother in intensive care. News of the murder emerged over the weekend, with reports from Karachi that she died on the way to hospital after being shot four times. Pakistan's The Express Tribune reports the case …

Google rams Landfill Android into Indian Ocean folks' faces

Three new emerging nations have been added to the list of places getting Google's budget phone version of Android. Android One will now be available in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, although the promised launch in Pakistan - planned before Christmas - has been put back. The three new countries add an audience of 200m to …
Simon Rockman, 23 Dec 2014

Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

Google has been forced to take down a controversial anti-Islam YouTube video in a move which could pave the way for the site to finally be unblocked in Pakistan. A US appeals court ordered the web giant to remove the “Innocence of Muslims” film which caused widespread rioting and scores of deaths and injuries across the Muslim …
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Pakistani retail chain bakes DEEELICIOUS Android mobes

Pakistan could be about to get a delicious new domestic smartphone brand after sources close to retailer Gourmet Foods claimed the firm is planning an imminent launch in the mobile business. Those unnamed sources told TechInAsia that the food retailer is prepping a low-cost Java handset and an Android 4.2-based smartphone for …
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Google India's viral tear-jerker vid said to mirror student short

A Google India ad that has gone viral and racked up more than 4 million hits has been accused of largely borrowing its plot from a Pakistani film. The ad, titled Reunion, shows the wonders of internet search bringing together two childhood friends who were separated after the partition of India and Pakistan during the last …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2013

Pakistani phone-buyers will need skin in the game with biometric buying plan

Mobile phone operators in Pakistan have been told they have around a month to ensure all of their outlets are equipped with biometric thumb scanners, in a renewed bid to eliminate illegal SIMs. The scanners must be installed by December 1st in Karachi and December 20th nationwide, the authorities decided last week, according …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2013

Pakistan in YouTube unblock rumours

Pakistani authorities could finally be ready to unblock YouTube after a year-long ban in the country following the appearance of a provocative anti-Muslim video on the site. Sources there told TechInAsia that the Google site had become available to some web users again, although it wasn’t working across the board. YouTube was …

Google, Apple, and Microsoft downed in Pakistan

Pakistan’s web users were left high and dry over the weekend after nearly 300 high profile sites including Google.com.pk, Microsoft.pk, Apple.pk and Yahoo.pk were hacked and defaced by what appears to be a mixture of Pakistani and Turkish attackers. Many local versions of big name sites including Apple, Microsoft and PayPal …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2012
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Pakistan bans 'immoral' late night mobe deals

Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has banned mobile packages offering cheap late night calls after deeming that they go against the country’s “values”. The PTA explained it had taken the hardline action after complaints from religious groups, politicians and members of the public that the packages were against “ …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Nov 2012
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India shutters sites and social media accounts

India's government is blocking up to 250 web sites and social media accounts as part of on-going efforts to arrest the spread of damaging rumours which it believes are designed to incite sectarian violence. Following violent clashes in Assam over the past month between ethnic Bodos and immigrant Muslims, rumours began to …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2012
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Pakistan blocks Twitter, then changes its mind

Tweets offensive to Islam have prompted Pakistan’s government to block Twitter – but a strong public reaction saw the ban lifted after eight hours. The ban had been prompted by tweets promoting a competition to produce images of the prophet Muhammed that led the country’s telecommunications authority to block access to the …

125,000 Ubuntu PCs to land in Pakistani students' laps

As the One Laptop Per Child initiative goes from strength to strength around the world, there are signs that Pakistan may be getting the message too, after the Punjab government began handing out 125,000 free Ubuntu-based laptops to college and university freshers. Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, Umar Saif …
Phil Muncaster, 15 May 2012

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