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Bytes for All Condemns Instant Messaging Ban

Cyber Steward partner organization Bytes for All (B4A), based in Pakistan, joined with ARTICLE 19 to condemn a proposal developed by the government of Sindh Province for a three-month ban on instant messaging apps Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp. The provincial government maintained that this proposed ban is part of an effort to block access to networks used by criminals and terrorists for their activities. Legal experts in Pakistan argue that the ban is legally justifiable as the 1996 Telecommunications (Reorganisation) Act allows communication services to be suspended for security concerns. However, B4A and ARTICLE 19 have criticized the proposal as incompatible with international human rights standards.

Mideast Uses Western Tools to Battle the Skype Rebellion

“When young dissidents in Egypt were organizing an election-monitoring project last fall, they discussed their plans over Skype, the popular Internet phone service, believing it to be secure.

Skype, which Microsoft Corp. is acquiring for $8.5 billion, is best known as a cheap way to make international phone calls. But the Luxembourg-based service also is the communications tool of choice for dissidents around the world because its powerful encryption technology evades traditional wiretaps

But someone else was listening in—Egypt’s security service.

The Journal investigates the business of censorship and the use of Western technology by governments facing social unrest.”

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The Dark Side Of The Internet Revolution

“Skype has been attacked because of its apparent lack of security. Eric Doyle thinks there are legal dark forces that are far more threatening

Skype has come under attack from privacy advocates for making it easy to find the true identities hidden behind users’ screen names.”

From eWeek

China makes Skype illegal

“In the latest move dashing Western internet company hopes of breaking into China, it was announced that all internet phone calls were to be banned apart from those made over two state-owned networks, China Unicom and China Telecom.”

From The Telegraph