[LINK] 'Facebook ban in Pakistan is shocking, says Bytes For All'

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Tue May 25 12:44:45 AEST 2010

It certainly is complex.

One of the problems with this is that Facebook servers are all, I  
expect, in the US and this effectively means the US government has  
access to the data.  Certainly I would never make out that the  
Pakistani government is perfect or anywhere near it but I doubt that  
the US government has Pakistani citizens' interests at heart either.

Seems like a lose-lose situation to me.

On 2010/May/24, at 10:32 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:

> [Life is complex.
> [I'm a beer-drinking, shiraz-swilling, middle-class intellectual,
> living in a society that's still free enough that I can fight to keep
> it civilised.  So I can spend some spare time drawing attention to
> Facebook's sins.
> [Meanwhile, other people, with far more courage than I've ever
> needed, are dependent on ... the likes of Facebook.
> [They need these flawed services as an antidote against a combination
> of people who dedicate their lives to controlling the lives of other
> people ('fundamentalists', in this case Muslims), and judges who have
> no understanding of the technologies and processes involved.]
> Facebook ban in Pakistan is shocking, says Bytes For All
> By Shahzad Ahmad for Bytes for All
> ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 20 May 2010
> http://www.apc.org/en/news/pakistani-government-bans-facebook-account-hate-sp
> Pakistanis woke up today to find sites like Facebook and YouTube
> blocked after a government crackdown on "blasphemous" websites. APC
> member Bytes For All issued the following statement through APC:

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