Digital Rights Violations & Protections

SECTION 1: Internet and digital policies and regulations

  • Federal and provincial governments (ministries and departments)
  • Internet regulators
  • Media regulators
  • Telecom regulators
  • Internet access / connectivity

Cabinet approves first ever mobile device manufacturing policy
Date: June 3, 2020 – Source 1: The News, Source 2: Pakistan Today, Source 3: The Frontier Post
Following approval from the Economic Coordination Committee, the federal cabinet gave a go-ahead to the first-ever Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy (MDMP), paving way for local assembly and manufacturing of mobile phones.

Internet connectivity essential for women to access important information
Date: June 8, 2020 – Source: Digital Rights Monitor
According to the Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019, Pakistan has one of the widest mobile ownership gender gaps among surveyed countries. This gap and lack of subsequent internet connectivity makes it difficult for women to access important information.

Mobile subscribers hit 89m by end of 2019
Date: June 9, 2020 – Source: Dawn
Mobile phones are the dominant form of digital connectivity in Pakistan, with 89 million unique subscribers as of the end of 2019, according to the GSMA — an industry body representing mobile networks.

Non-digital students a challenge for e-classes
Date: June 12, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
With the novel coronavirus pandemic forcing everyone to shift their focus to training online, the biggest challenge that has come up is that most of the population is not tuned to the digital world to take full advantage of such digital services.

Students hold protest in Gwadar against internet connectivity issues
Date: June 19, 2020 – Source 1: Dawn, Source 2: The Friday Times
Hundreds of students from Gwadar and other parts of Makran division belonging to different colleges and universities of the country staged a protest rally and a sit-in against the Higher Education Comm­ission’s decision to start online classes despite severe internet connectivity issues in the region.

Finance Bill and data privacy
Date: June 21, 2020 – Source: The News
The Finance Bill 2020, presented along with federal budget for fiscal year 2020-21, contains certain provisions relating to real-time access by the Federal Board of Revenue to citizens’ data to be obtained from various institutions that infringe upon the inviolable fundamental rights of citizens.

Company linked to Prime Minister’s Digital Pakistan unit stirs controversy
Date: June 24, 2020 – Source: Dawn
A company related to the Digital Pakistan initiative — a brainchild of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government — has stirred a controversy on social media, questioning the involvement of the premier’s special aide leading the initiative, who is among the board of directors of the related company.

Poor internet access for students echoes in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly
Date: June 27, 2020 – Source 1: Express Tribune, Source 2: News Update Pakistan
Lawmakers took up the issue of poor internet connection for students in the remote areas of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, noting that the novel coronavirus pandemic means that online classes are the only means for obtaining education for students now.

No internet for students in Balochistan
Date: June 27, 2020 – Source 1: The News, Source 2: Technology Times
Education and internet facilities in Balochistan and the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas are not at par with the majority of areas of other provinces in Pakistan. This leads to severe connectivity issues for students to effectively participate in online education programs.

Bridging the digital divide in Pakistan
Date: June 29, 2020 – Source: Express Tribune
It is essential that Pakistan joins the bandwagon of digitalization and ensures easier access to technology by bridging the digital divide across different segments of the population.

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