DRF in Media

An open letter to Senate of Pakistan regarding Pakistan Protection Ordinance 2014 “Pakistan’s new law: no free speech… and you’re a terrorist unless you can prove otherwise”

Respected Senators, The recent uproar over the Pakistan Protection Ordinance 2014 has created quite a stir in the country’s digital media platforms, and rightly so. The Government of Pakistan has recently passed, what appears to be, the most draconian and regressive anti-terror law in the National Assembly. The Pakistan Protection Ordinance 2014 has already been […]

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Pakistan: The Draft Computer Crimes Law Endangers Freedom of Expression

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lahore, March 25, 2014: ARTICLE 19 and Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan are concerned about the draft Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act of Pakistan 2014 (Draft Law), currently being prepared for presentation in the Pakistan Parliament. Although the Draft Law contains a number of welcome procedural safeguards, several provisions violate international standards on freedom […]

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jasoosi band karo

Jasoosi Band Karo – “Stop Spying On Us”

Under the flagship of international “The Day We Fight Back” 2014 campaign, Digital Rights Foundation started a similar campaign in Pakistan to fight against mass surveillance and censorship. Titled “Jasoosi Band Karo” in Urdu (Pakistan’s national language), the campaign asked the common Pakistani Internet user to come forward and speak against the draconian State tactics […]

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Cyber security conference: Film challenges ‘official’ narrative on drones

Originally published on Tribune, Pakistan. ISLAMABAD:  Rights activists urged journalists to highlight casualties of drone strikes and to challenge the official narrative on drones in Pakistan after the screening of a film Unseen War on Saturday. One way to do this would be to generate a debate on the impact of drone strikes on innocent civilians living […]

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Training Workshop: Security for Women in Digital Age

Security for Women in Digital Age Venue: Crystal Ball, Marriott hotel, Islamabad Date: 13:30 – 17:00, January 9, 2014 Trainer: Nighat Dad (Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan) In this digital age, it has become even easier than before to be stalked, intruded and harassed. During these times of fast digital innovation, it is important for women to […]

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"Unseen War" – Screening of a Short Film on Drones by Tactical Tech

“Unseen War” Tactical Tech’s film Screening on 11th January, 2014 Venue: Crystal Ball B, Marriott hotel, Islamabad Date: 15:00 – 17:00 11th January, 2014 Digital Rights Foundation is pleased to invite you to a special screening of “Unseen War” on 11th January, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Crystal Ball B, Marriott Hotel at Cyber Secure Pakistan […]

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Study raises concern over internet surveillance

Team DRF along with Freedom House international team carried the research on Freedom on the Net 2013 country report. Coverage by Dawn news daily. Even after the change of government, internet surveillance is expected to remain the same and blockade of some internet services like YouTube may continue in the country. It has been revealed […]

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Pakistan bottom of the barrel on net freedom: Report

Team Digital Rights Foundation carried out the research on “Freedom on the Net 2013″ Pakistan country report along with the international Freedom House editors and researchers. Tribune Pakistan’s coverage: Government creating and installing new equipment to systemise website blocking and filtering, new report finds. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE KARACHI: Pakistan is among the bottom ten countries in the Freedom […]

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Pakistan gets YouTube back. Sort of

Who would’ve thought the news earlier this month of YouTube­­ being finally made accessible in Pakistan, albeit as a local search engine, would open a floodgate of criticism? Minster of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Anusha Rehman certainly did not. She probably thought she had done a good turn — wooed many young digital rights […]

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DRF Research Report: Net Privacy in South Asia

In May 2013, 29 year old Edward Snowden, former CIA employee and technical contractor to the NSA, disclosed thousands of top-secret documents to the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers. These documents carried sensitive information about United States’ Internet surveillance programs such as PRISM, XKeyscore, Tempora, along with details of the interception of U.S. and European […]

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