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Journalism and the internet

IT is undeniable that the internet and social media have fundamentally changed the media landscape in the world in more ways than one. And as governments get eager to regulate…

Draconian internet rules

A SET of rules to censor content on the internet have been notified by the government and are likely to fundamentally alter the internet as we know it in Pakistan. Titled ‘Removal…

Internet policymaking

MUCH of 2020 has been marred by uncertainty regarding the state of social media in Pakistan. With surprise new rules in the absence of consultation or transparency, blanket bans on…

A Feminist Internet

A feminist internet

When Patricia Azcagorta ran as a candidate for mayor of Caborca, Sonora, in Mexico in 2018, a video was circulated on social media of a woman dancing in her underwear,…

Overload on train to IOK’s internet oasis

Every day the train to occupied Kashmir’s remote cyber oasis Banihal is packed as people travel for hours to get online in the disputed region where internet has been cut…

Save The Internet

Save the internet

President Trump’s chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, announced last week that his agency was going to repeal the Obama-era rules on ‘net neutrality,’ which govern the basic…

Splinternet?

Who owns the internet? The answer is no one and everyone. The internet is a network of networks. Each of the separate networks belongs to different companies and organisations, and…

The Noose And The Internet

The noose and the internet

It was winter break at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. The campus was largely empty, devoid of the usual students going to and from class. The women’s hostel, where female…

Internet Barriers

Internet barriers

It comes as no surprise that Pakistan has been ranked among the 10 worst countries for internet freedom on Freedom House’s Free­dom on Net Report 2016. This was inevitable after…

Internet Challenge

Internet challenge

On Jan 12, 2016, Google launched localised versions of YouTube in three countries. Pakistan was one of them. On Jan 18, PTA issued a directive to internet service providers to…