No plan to restrict Facebook, Skype after 3G auction

ISLAMABAD: The government holds no plan to restrict important services such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Skype after spectrum auction of multi-billion dollars 3G and 4G technologies in Pakistan, official sources confirmed to The News on Friday. The Cellular companies are worried about streams of their cash-inflows in terms of their voice services as increased …

Authorities fall back on old YouTube advice

ISLAMABAD: While experts are unable to find any way to block unwanted material on social networking website, YouTube, the Ministry of Information and Technology is working on ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill’ which it considers can pave the way for a localised version of youtube. The bill might take one or two more months to …

Pakistan’s ‘cyberwar’ for control of the web

LAHORE: In a dingy Internet cafe, Abdullah gets round the censors with one click and logs onto YouTube, officially banned for a year and at the heart of Pakistan’s cyberwar for control of the web. On September 17, 2012 Islamabad blocked access to the popular video-sharing website after it aired a trailer for a low-budget …

Media boycotts Punjab Assembly proceedings

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly Press Gallery boycotted the assembly proceedings against the attack on media persons by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers. The PTI severely injured peaceful media persons, including a cameraman, busy in covering their protest camp on The Mall in hot and humid weather. The proceedings were boycotted at a time when the opposition …

Well, at least we’ve banned YouTube

By: Zaair Hussain I had been considering writing on this topic for a while, but I foolishly believed it to be ‘trivial’ or ‘unimportant’, or even ‘so incredibly stupid that my brain hurt to dwell on it for more than a moment’. But our elected leadership and our guardians of justice have managed to open …