Battle for a Free Cyber Pakistan 27 th  June 2008
Blogspot Ban Youtube Fiasco Martial Law
One specific website DrawMuhammadWeek.blogspot.com
 
PKBlogs.com <ul><li>Mostly used by  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iran </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Bloggers.pk Aggregator grew from a need
Credit – Yasir and Naveed Memon
Youtube Blocked “ for containing blasphemous web content/movies”
Election Rigging Video <ul><li>Reason to suspect that it might have been due to rigging videos in the elections – which we...
 
Youtube Fiasco
Vid.pk Local Youtube alternative
November 3 rd  2007
When Musharraf Attacked <ul><li>Judicial System – overthrowing 60 judges </li></ul><ul><li>Blocked all TV channels </li></...
 
 
 
What was the problem <ul><li>Electronic Media Censored </li></ul><ul><li>Online Media unharmed </li></ul><ul><li>No credib...
Online Activism against    Martial Law <ul><li>Blogs  </li></ul><ul><li>emergencyinpakistan.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li...
 
SMS Activism <ul><li>Initially personal SMS networks </li></ul><ul><li>SMS    Blog via FrontLine SMS </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
pkLongMarch.blogspot.com Event based live SMS / Email bogging site
SMS Activism <ul><li>BLAAGGING Effect </li></ul><ul><li>76.6 millions mobile users </li></ul><ul><li>Live Reporting from t...
Twitter Defect <ul><li>Pakistan mobile users NOT getting twitter updates </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Numbers known </li></ul...
<ul><li>Requires the setup of Hubs </li></ul><ul><li>Complex & Elaborate Setup </li></ul><ul><li>Local and International n...
 
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Talk given to the Global Voices Summit 2008 Session "Towards a Global Anti-Censorship Network" on 27th June 2008

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Battle For A Cyber Free Pakistan

  1. 2. Battle for a Free Cyber Pakistan 27 th June 2008
  2. 3. Blogspot Ban Youtube Fiasco Martial Law
  3. 4. One specific website DrawMuhammadWeek.blogspot.com
  4. 6. PKBlogs.com <ul><li>Mostly used by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iran </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>India </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pakistan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Problems of affecting Search Engine ranking </li></ul>
  5. 7. Bloggers.pk Aggregator grew from a need
  6. 8. Credit – Yasir and Naveed Memon
  7. 9. Youtube Blocked “ for containing blasphemous web content/movies”
  8. 10. Election Rigging Video <ul><li>Reason to suspect that it might have been due to rigging videos in the elections – which were hosted on youtube </li></ul>
  9. 12. Youtube Fiasco
  10. 13. Vid.pk Local Youtube alternative
  11. 14. November 3 rd 2007
  12. 15. When Musharraf Attacked <ul><li>Judicial System – overthrowing 60 judges </li></ul><ul><li>Blocked all TV channels </li></ul><ul><li>Pressured and arrested Print Journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Online arena untouched ? </li></ul>
  13. 19. What was the problem <ul><li>Electronic Media Censored </li></ul><ul><li>Online Media unharmed </li></ul><ul><li>No credible Judiciary to appeal to </li></ul><ul><li>Constitution extensively amended </li></ul><ul><li>Cyber Crime Ordinance promulgated </li></ul>
  14. 20. Online Activism against Martial Law <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>emergencyinpakistan.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>teeth.com.pk/blog </li></ul><ul><li>pkpolitics.com </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Media Mobilization (local & International) </li></ul><ul><li>Grass root ‘People Mobilization’ </li></ul><ul><li>Word of mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming the Digital Divide </li></ul>
  15. 22. SMS Activism <ul><li>Initially personal SMS networks </li></ul><ul><li>SMS  Blog via FrontLine SMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unable to kick off SMS  SMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs regular upkeep </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Absence !!!!! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>27 th Dec Post Benazir Bhutto Assassination riots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 th Feb elections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 th April court burnings </li></ul></ul>
  16. 23. pkLongMarch.blogspot.com Event based live SMS / Email bogging site
  17. 24. SMS Activism <ul><li>BLAAGGING Effect </li></ul><ul><li>76.6 millions mobile users </li></ul><ul><li>Live Reporting from the ground </li></ul><ul><li>160 characters  ease of concept </li></ul>
  18. 25. Twitter Defect <ul><li>Pakistan mobile users NOT getting twitter updates </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Numbers known </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter downtime !!! </li></ul><ul><li>Need for an country specific independent network for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS  Web/Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web/Blog  SMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS  SMS </li></ul></ul>
  19. 26. <ul><li>Requires the setup of Hubs </li></ul><ul><li>Complex & Elaborate Setup </li></ul><ul><li>Local and International numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce cost of SMS </li></ul><ul><li>Need for Redundancy </li></ul><ul><li>Risks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential to being blocked by govt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring </li></ul></ul>

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