Broken promises: Pakistan announces plans to launch censorship firewall, possibly with Chinese tech
By Peter Micek
New mechanisms to censor websites and filter mobile communications could come online in Pakistan, possibly within 60 days, according to government officials in the country and activists on the ground. News that the censorship system is being built directly conflicts with promises made by Pakistani government officials a little less than a year ago to not pursue massive online censorship.
20 Million Silenced?
Just like that, 20 million internet users in Pakistan could be censored.
In a shocking display of arrogance, the Pakistani government has put an ad (above) in their national papers asking for IT companies to help them build a national Chinese-style censorship firewall.
At least four western IT companies have already said they won’t participate (Websense, Cisco, Verizon, and Sandvine). Now we need you to help persuade other firms to urgently follow suit before the bidding deadline of this Friday.
Click on the link below to call upon Bluecoat, Huawei, McAfee, Netsweeper, ZTE, and all local bidders to refuse to play a role in putting up the walls of censorship.