"Cautious Celebration: Report Suggests Pakistan IT Ministry Withdraw Internet Censorship Plans"

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21 March 2012

Pakistan backs away from proposed censorship system

Author: Timothy B. Lee, ars technica

Now the Pakistani government appears to be backing away from the proposal [for an internet filtering/blocking system]...Yet the Pakistani officials in charge of the proposal have yet to confirm the reports..."While these reports are promising, there is still a possibility that the Pakistani government could try to covertly implement a similar system," said Mike Rispoli, a spokesman for the advocacy group Access.

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21 March 2012

Pakistan Govt tender for an internet filtering and blocking system - company responses and non-responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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20 March 2012

'Dark trade' in Web-censoring tools exposed by Pakistan plan

Author: Elinor Mills, CNET

For years, Silicon Valley companies have quietly conducted a lucrative trade selling software and equipment to countries that restrict dissent over the Internet. But the recent dust-up involving an Internet filtering plan by Pakistan has turned the spotlight on a controversial business that may have a difficult time remaining secret much longer. [refers to McAfee, Websense, Blue Coat, McAfee [part of Intel], NetApp - includes company comments]

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19 March 2012

"Cautious Celebration: Report Suggests Pakistan IT Ministry Withdraw Internet Censorship Plans"

Author: Bolo Bhi

In the short term, we call on the MoIT to confirm the censorship plans are withdrawn. We understand the IT Ministry will release a statement in the coming hours but will continue to advocate for an end to these plans until they do so...While today’s news doesn’t put an end to Internet censorship in Pakistan, it is a milestone...

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