Pakistan In Top Ten List Of Abusers Of Internet Freedom

In the past couple of years, there’s been nothing good or great happening to Pakistan. Especially when it comes to tech and advancement.

It looks like Pakistan is living in an old age era where there are so many restrictions and there’s no chance of upgrade.

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In the world of tech, many of the other countries are progressing and raising their bar with the new technology. But on the other hand, when it comes to Pakistan, they are suffering very badly with endless restrictions and no freedom.

Today, An international freedom advocacy group and research organization ranked Pakistan in the top 10 list where internet freedom has been on the decline for the past years and it surely raised some major questions over the rules and restrictions.

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According to the international freedom advocacy group and research organization, such rules could easily damage cyber liberty in the future.

Pakistan Among Top 10 Countries Of Least Internet Freedom

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In the latest report of 2021 named “Freedom on the Net 2021: The Global Drive to Control Big Tech”. it’s a Washington-based House came who recently came up with the intense details of internet freedom.

They covered different countries all around the world and they ranked Pakistan in the seventh among the “Abusers of internet freedom”.

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The organization also revealed the reasons and facts behind the ranking. That’s why they also gave the reason and facts behind the ranking.

Not only that, the organization cited the examples of different countries and also highlighted the main areas as well. For Pakistan, they cited the recent regulations opposed by the government for the internet service provider and the users.

Explaining Pakistan’s Rank With Example

The international freedom advocacy group and research organization, “In some cases, such data localization requirements introduced in the context of content regulation,” said the report.

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“Pakistan’s proposed Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguards) Rules, the latest version of which was published in November 2020, outline requirements for social media companies to establish one or more data servers in the country.”

The organization expressed its serious concern over the regulations opposed by the government because it will create a huge negative impact on social media companies and users very badly.

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Further, they added, “Pakistan’s proposed rules have raised alarms about their impact on end-to-end encryption. The draft requires social media companies and service providers with more than 500,000 users to hand over personal data in a decrypted and readable format when requested by the Federal Investigation Agency.”

Positive Impact If Government Changes The Rules

The organization also blamed the government of different countries for implementing irrelevant and unusual regulations. They are battling with the technology and users’ rights.

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The organization added,  “With a few positive exceptions, the push to regulate the tech industry, which stems in some cases from genuine problems like online harassment and manipulative market practices, is being exploited to subdue free expression and gain greater access to private data.”

Last year also according to the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) it ranked Pakistan among the least internet inclusive country in Asia.

In the 21st century where internet and technology is the main tool to climb the ladder of success. But Pakistan is facing a hard time and is listed among those countries that face freedom of the internet.

Freedom of the internet is a serious issue that has been faced globally.

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