Our response to the proposed Personal Data Protection Bill 2020

Posted on May 15, 2020

Islamabad, (May 15, 2020): Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A) rejects the proposed draft of the Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 in its current shape, believing that it would serve as a safeguard for the perpetrators of the right to privacy than to safeguard the citizens personal data. However, it is welcoming that the government has shown its willingness to enact this important law.

Bytes for All has grave concerns over the draft bill which is fraught with problematic provisions, highly inconsistent with the constitutional guarantees and the global human rights frameworks. The bill contains ambiguous language in various sections that invokes subjectivity and can be misinterpreted according to the authorities’ demands. The grey areas and ambiguous language in the draft bill suggests that the basic...

Unblock Telecommunication Services in Balochistan and Tribal Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Posted on Apr 12, 2020

Islamabad, (April 11, 2020): In this difficult time, when Coronavirus is causing catastrophe all over the country, several parts of Balochistan and the tribal district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa are facing an ongoing disconnection of telecommunication networks and lack of 3G and 4G data services, which is a grave cause of concern for Bytes For All (B4A), Pakistan. B4A believes that under the current circumstances, denial of access to the Internet and related information and communications technologies is a violation of fundamental rights. Denial of services even if in the name of volatile security situation is still highly disproportionate and unreasonable, as it infringes upon range of fundamental human rights including right to information, health services, education, economic opportunities, expression, and others. At this time, B4A joins the request by the...

Useful and secure tools, tips for ‘work-from-home’

Posted on Apr 7, 2020

A new generation of tech tools helping employees’ ‘work-from-home’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

The outbreak of Novel Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) across the globe has forced majority population to be confined to their homes in order to prevent the spread of pandemic. Workforce globally has largely been affected with the pandemic, and the need of the hour is to better ‘stay home and stay safe’.

Previously reluctant organizations, be it governmental, non-governmental, corporate, social entrepreneurship, or educational institutions have no other options left, but to change their work habits and bring new strategies to workflow management by utilizing, and further unpacking the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Digital tools and applications are being used around the world by individuals and organizations in order to...

Commemorating the World Day Against Cyber Censorship

Posted on Mar 12, 2020

B4A commemorates the World Day Against Cyber Censorship

Islamabad, (March 12, 2020): Bytes for All, Pakistan joins the Reporters Sans Frontier (RSF) in commemorating ‘The World Day against Cyber Censorship’ to advocate for accessible and unrestricted internet for all, irrespective of gender, rural-urban, or divides on economic status.

The day draws attention to realize that the internet empowers citizens to express opinions and thoughts and access information and knowledge for their socio-economic well-being.

Bytes for All, an advocate for undivided, open, safe and affordable internet, believes that restricting the internet enables the states to predate and control individual and collective rights of the citizens, including civil and political liberties.

As a technology and human rights organization, Bytes for All believes that unconstitutional...

Government should immediately de-notify Citizen’s Protection Rules

Posted on Feb 13, 2020

Islamabad, (Feb 13, 2020): Bytes for All, Pakistan is concerned over the newly introduced draconian “rules” to regulate social media in Pakistan. The Rules are an attack on economic rights and civil liberties including free speech, online associations, peaceful assemblies and right to privacy. The rules are being imposed arbitrarily in the name of regulating online platforms and protecting citizens from online harm. It appears that the intent of the State behind formulating and approving Rules is malicious, and instead providing protection to the citizens from the dangers of technologies, they will be yet another attempt to control cyberspace in Pakistan. These rules will have far reaching implications on small, medium and large information technology businesses in the country, who heavily rely on social media marketing, such as online stores, tourism businesses, and rural economy. In...

Digital Dangers and Capacities

Posted on Feb 13, 2020

The baseline study explores the dangers in digital communication surrounding the human rights defenders owing to the nature of their work in all provinces of Pakistan. In addition to narrating the dangers around their work, it also provides a comparative analysis on the capacities in order to mitigate the risks.The findings of the research focus on guiding and promoting the concepts of digital literacy and incorporation of safety protocols for the HRDs across Pakistan.

Hashtag Dangerous Speech

Posted on Dec 16, 2019

This report takes an account of hate expressions including labels, titles, and stereotypes used in routine for people belonging to minority religion. The analysis help understand the nature of faith-based dangerous messages in Pakistan’s Twittersphere and their impacts. Digital data scraper tools were used to monitor and analyze the bulk of messages by developing and training the scraper on keywords relevant to dangerous speech. The report provides a quick glance of the nature of hate speech being spewed, the influencers' role in amplifying message and the analogy between the contemporary events and the ongoing debate on Twitter.