Iran’s halal internet

By Jillian C. York

Any attempt to block the social networks Iranians have become accustomed to would surely backfire, writes author.

For months, against the backdrop of the media focus on Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the potential Western response, another story about the Islamic Republic’s ambitions has been gaining ground: that story is about the Iranian . . . → Read More: Iran’s halal internet

PTCL / PEMRA BLOCK INTERNET IN PAKISTAN

Not realizing that the protesters “protesting” on the streets of Pakistan don’t have access to high speed internet nor the knowledge and expertise to search and view the undesirable content on websites like YouTube, PTCL and PEMRA have started blocking the websites indiscriminately and irresponsibly without regard how it might be affecting the real and genuine . . . → Read More: PTCL / PEMRA BLOCK INTERNET IN PAKISTAN

Ravaged by Instability, Censorship and Firewalls

The Government of Pakistan has decided that they need state-of-the-art infrastructure to quickly and effectively censor up to 50 million websites.

I respect the government’s decision to do so, and ask them to follow this course with renewed vim and vigour. Shutting down an avenue of unfettered opinion exchange is without a doubt a time . . . → Read More: Ravaged by Instability, Censorship and Firewalls

Wikileaks: Stratfor emails reveal low-grade intelligence on Iran

The leaked info from rent-a-spy agency Statfor both highlights the intel that Israeli forces wiped out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure – and casts doubts on the report’s validity.

According to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, both Stratfor’s methods and the quality of their information gathering raise eyebrows. Speaking at a press conference in London, Assange drew attention . . . → Read More: Wikileaks: Stratfor emails reveal low-grade intelligence on Iran

Internet, an outlet for young teens and Barack Obama

The Obama White House announced Monday that, in conjunction with tonight’s State of the Union address, it’s going to be holding what the kids are calling a “hangout’ over on what the kids are calling “Google+.” If you’re unfamiliar, a Google+ Hangout integrates live-streaming video in an effort to mimic the sort of casual interaction “hanging out” . . . → Read More: Internet, an outlet for young teens and Barack Obama

UK Riots Dampen Freedom Of Speech

One of the anti-riot measures recently suggested by British PM David Cameron is to prevent rioters from using Twitter and other social networking websites. Such a tactic, which was slammed as a trick resorted to only by authoritarian governments in the past, has had a great impact on world media.

The bold measure indicates that . . . → Read More: UK Riots Dampen Freedom Of Speech

Govt wants to monitor Facebook, Twitter

NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry has written to the department of telecom asking it to “ensure effective monitoring of Twitter and Facebook”.

Milind Deora, minister of state for communications and information technology, said in written reply to a question on Friday in the Rajya Sabha that DoT has received a letter from MHA to . . . → Read More: Govt wants to monitor Facebook, Twitter

U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.

The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out . . . → Read More: U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

Quantum Leaps of the Mind

How is it that the Pakistani perception can jump from the resignation (or non-reappointment, rather) of the Foreign Minister, to a case of diplomatic immunity, to an American killing two Pakistanis in broad daylight, and make sense of all of it?

The Pakistani mindset has indeed been ‘warped’ after too much “breaking news” and on-the-edge-of-the-seats . . . → Read More: Quantum Leaps of the Mind

DDoS attacks on Pakistani websites?

Mainstream Pakistani news website, Express Tribune, cannot be viewed except on cached updates as of 4:55pm today. Rumours of a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service error) attack are circulating among online netizens, and the problem “seems to have spread” to another website, that of United Bank Limited, which times out the operation and displays Error . . . → Read More: DDoS attacks on Pakistani websites?