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