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[liberationtech] Isolating Pakistanis through Internet Censorship

Fouad Bajwa fouadbajwa at
Fri Apr 4 02:00:24 PDT 2014

Sad but true.

The policy angle to this discourse has been mostly subjected to
article 19 and 19(a) thereof with the caveat "subject to any
reasonable restrictions imposed by law" and then "subject to
regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law"
constitutionally which is then of course taken for granted. Viewing
this from above and far seems negative but viewing it from within the
legal framework deems a valid stance for governance and legal social,
religious, cultural, political and economic order.

Many have protested, many have been bashed, some are suing the
government, some are facing repercussions of their actions.

Another sad thing that I've witnessed with regards to developing
policy in the developing world related to ICTs/IT/Internet is that
policy remains dispassionate towards the needs of citizenry. The
debates still seem to reach to no productive results in whether an
economic angle pertaining to the efficient use of scarce resources is
the way to go or its better to improve the quality of life of citizens
beyond the traditional remit of economics.

One thing is true, and I've recently witnessed it more intensely,
that, government policy is focusing more on coercion than cooperative
welfare. As your article also points out what hundreds have done over
the years, the government has stopped listening. Policy formulation is
no more a democratic and multistakeholder process, did these two words
ever mean anything in the first place or are we yet to evolve out of
the colonial mindset that was left behind in our legal and regulatory
environment and governance practices?

The source of transformation through ICTs and Internet are not only
the citizenry but the true bearer is the government. It has failed to
transform, so why the sad faces?

Fouad Bajwa
ICT4D and Internet Governance Advisor
My Blog: Internet's Governance:
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On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM, Arzak Khan <azrak_khan at> wrote:
> Hi All,
> My thoughts on how internet censorship in Pakistan is isolating the people
> and deterring progress of the social order.
> Cheers!
> Arzak
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Fouad Bajwa
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