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Launching of Youth Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan

Internet Governance Forum of IGF Pakistan is launching another initiative for Teenagers and Youngsters, i.e. Youth Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan with the collaboration of “TaC-Together against Cybercrime International”

Youth Internet Governance Forum:
The Youth IGF aims to give the opportunity of equal multi-stakeholder participation in the building process of the Information Society to teenagers and young people from different countries of the world.

Youth Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan:
Miss Erum Arif has been chosen to serve the community as an Ambassador to Youth Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan initiative. Just after accepting her responsibilities, She is organizing first Meeting of yIGF Pakistan on 22nd October 2016.

Not to be a Victim of SCAM – SCB Warns General Public

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Comments Invited on IGF Retreat

A two-day working retreat on “Advancing the Ten-Year Mandate of the IGF” was organized by the UN Secretariat in Glen Cove, New York from 14 to 16 July 2016. Against the backdrop of a newly extended ten-year mandate, the programme of the retreat examined areas for further  development and improvements for the IGF, anchored in the Tunis Agenda as well as subsequent recommendations made by the IGF Community, the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) Working Group on IGF Improvements, and multiple reports from the first 10 years of IGF meetings.

Forty attendees from each of the four IGF stakeholder communities – Government, the private sector, civil society and the technical community – as well as UNDESA/IGF Secretariat staff, were present at the retreat. The resulting proceedings record of the discussion that took place is published and available for comment on the IGF’s website.

Many of the ideas and suggestions that emerged from the retreat have been compiled in the following document and are included as an annex to these proceedings.The compilation is structured and ordered following the agenda of the retreat and is published here for ease of reference and to facilitate public consultation.

All stakeholders are invited to make comments and any additional suggestions by September 26th, 2016 for review by the community and as input to the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF): ‘Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’, scheduled to take place from 6-9 December 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

IGF Retreat Output Document is available for commenting until 26 September.

The stakeholders from Pakistan are appreciated to provide their feedback and comments to the IGF Pakistan to group them, compile as a consolidated feedback document and facilitate to update on the Online Document with endorsement of your name and/or your organization. Comments may please be sent through email at info(at)IGFPAK(dot)Org. In case you will have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact IGF Pakistan.

National Assembly Passed The Prevention of Electronic Crime Bill 2015

The Prevention of Electronic Crime Bill 2015 passed in the National Assembly with majority vote on Thursday, August, 11 2016.

The senate has already approved the cyber crime bill with 50 amendments in July this year.

Minister of State of Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman had presented this bill earlier this year.

Senate Approved The Prevention of Electronic Crime Bill 2015

Yesterday on July 26, 2016, The Senate unanimously passed the controversial Prevention of Electronics Crimes Bill 2016 with around 50 amendments proposed to the original draft law.

The bill was unanimously adopted by the Senate Standing Committee on IT and Telecommunications earlier this week after being passed by the National Assembly with simple majority in April this year. After the proposed amendments, the bill will now go back to the National Assembly where lawmakers will discuss the amendments. The bill has been criticized by the civil society members and rights groups for putting curbs on freedom of expression.

Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman said that the amended “Electronic Crime Bill 2016” will be made a law next week to effectively deal with cyber crimes in the country. The Minister said that the proposed law would help in reduction of women harassment. Women living in rural areas some times fall prey through internet/social media/computer and get victimize, however this law would help in reduction of such crimes. IT Minister also said that internet is the engine of economic growth in the modern world and any country cannot afford to block it every time; however there was need of such legislation to resolve the issue permanently.

Nominations Invited for yIGF Ambassador

IGF Pakistan invites Nominations for the Ambassador to Youth Internet Governance Forum.

Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan is committed to encourage youth involvement in dialogue to address the Internet Governance Issues. IGF Pakistan is aggressively and actively involved in organizing and development of Secure and Civilized Internet for Kids, Teenagers and Youngsters. With the same mission IGF Pakistan is supporting Youth Internet Governance Forum in Pakistan and invites nominations from Youth community to nominate their representative as the Ambassador to Youth Internet Governance Forum. Please arrange to nominate by August 15, 2016.  For nomination criteria, age limitations, and procedure please contact through email at info(at)IGFPAK(dot)Org or for further detail.

IGFPAK Invites to Host IGF 2016 Remote Hubs

IGF Pakistan is inviting for proposals to Host “IGF 2016 Remote Hubs” to motivate National Community participation remotely in the IGF 2016 at Guadalajara, Mexico.

Universities are invited to host “IGF 2016 Remote Hubs” at their Main Campuses or Sub Campuses anywhere in Pakistan. Please contact info(at)IGFPAK(dot)Org for further detail. IGF Pakistan will provide technical support and assistance to make the remote hubs successful.

Remote Hubs will enable local community, youth, Researchers and Student to attend the Eleventh IGF meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, Remotely! Remote participants/hubs will be able to interact with the meeting by sending text questions and/or video/audio interventions using the remote participation platform.

Remote participation, and specifically the hubs structure, has been successful in previous IGFs. IGF Pakistan has arranged IGF Remotes Hubs at International Islamic University 2011 and 2012.

For more details on how to organize a Hub and/or register your hub check the Hub Instructions. Several training sessions for Remote Panelists and Remote Hubs will be held.

Call for Written Inputs on IGF Retreat 2016

All stakeholders are invited to send written inputs commenting on issues that will be discussed (agenda), with reference to the following background documentation. The guiding questions below are based on the the draft agenda:

1)    What are some ways to:

  • Improve the overall preparatory process of the IGF,
  • Improve the nomination process and make-up of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) and the appointment process for the IGF-MAG Chair,
  • Strengthen the IGF support structures?

2)    What measures can be taken to engage those stakeholders who are currently unengaged, with a view to expand and diversify physical and virtual participation?

3)    What are the ways we can better capture the outputs of the IGF and increase their visibility and impact?

4)    What modalities should be put in place to ensure sustained funding to support the IGF process and the IGF Secretariat.

5)    How can the IGF better support the work of national and regional IGF initiatives (NRIs) and how can synergies between the IGF and NRIs and amongst NRIs be increased?

6)    What are other issues, if any, that could be discussed at the Retreat?

Please keep your inputs concise. The deadline for submitting contributions to igfretreat@intgovforum.org is 1 July.  All written inputs received will be shared in public on the IGF website. IGF asked to group your inputs according to the specific agenda item if possible. If some one on his individual capacity or on behalf of an organization is willing to contribute their inputs, IGF Pakistan staff is available to assist in organizing the inputs in a group format and will submit the joint inputs with endorsements of your name or the name of the organization contributing their inputs. Please submit your inputs through email at info(at)IGFPAK(dot)Org.

The Supreme Court Orders to Adopt Urdu as Official Language

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 directed to the Federal and Provincial Governments to implement Urdu as official language in the country.

Announcing the verdict on petition filed by Advocate Mr Kokab Iqbal, pertaining to promotion and implementation of Urdu language, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja directed the government to fulfill its constitutional obligation.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the implementation of Urdu as the official language in government offices. The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Jawaad S Khawaja announced its judgment over petitions seeking to make Urdu as an official language. (…Const.P._56_2003_E_dt_3-9-15)

The Supreme Court has ordered the immediate implementation of Article 251 and issued following nine guidelines’ for making Urdu an official language:

Guidelines:

  1. The provisions of Article 251 shall be implemented with full force and without unnecessary delay by the Federal and Provincial governments. 
  2. The time lines which are given by the government itself must be considered for implementation by the government in line with Article 251 for implementation. 
  3. The federal government as well as provincial governments should coordinate with each other for uniformity in the “rasmulkhat’ for the National language. 
  4. Federal as well as provincial laws should be translated in the National languages within three months. 
  5. Statutory, regulatory and oversight bodies shall take steps to implement Article 251 without unnecessary delay and also ensure compliance by regulatees. 
  6. In the competitive examinations at federal level the recommendations of government bodies noted above, should be considered by the government for implementation without unnecessary delay. 
  7. Judgment in cases relating to public interest litigation and judgments enunciating a principal of law in terms of Article 189 must be translated to Urdu and should be published in line with Article 251 of the Constitution. 
  8. In court cases government departments should make all reasonable efforts to submit their replies in Urdu to enable citizens to effectively enforce their legal rights. 
  9. If, subsequent to this judgment, any public bodies or public officials continue to violate the constitutional command contained in Article 251, citizens who suffer a tangible loss directly and foreseeably resulting from such violation shall be entitled to enforce any civil rights which may accrue to them on this account. 

Article 251 of the Constitution of Pakistan:

(1) The national language of Pakistan is Urdu and arrangements shall be made for its being used for official and other purposes within fifteen years from the commencing day.

(2) Subject to clause (1), the English language may be used for official purposes until arrangements are made for its replacement by Urdu.

(3) Without prejudice to the status of the National language, a Provincial Assembly may by law prescribe measures for the teaching, promotion and use of a provincial language in addition to the national language.

Motivational Endorsement:
Urdu in the second largest Spoken Language in the World after Chinese. On behalf of Urdu Internet Society (Linguistic Internet Council) and Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan, we highly appreciate Advocate Mr Kokab Iqbal for his professional services for the Advocacy for the Implementation of Urdu as an Official Language of the Country. We also highly appreciate SC bench (headed by Chief Justice Jawaad S Khawaja) judgment over petitions seeking to make Urdu as an official language and proper implementation of Article 251 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

Proposal for Theme for APrIGF-2015@Macao

Internet Governance Forum of Pakistan (IGFPAK) proposed Main Theme and Sub-Theme for APrIGF 2015, which is as follows:

Main Themes:
1: Secure & Civilized Global Internet
2: Local & Regional Linguistic Internet

Sub-Themes:
1. Formation of Local and Regional Internet
2. Formation of Linguistic Internet and IDN cc/gTLDsTopic of Discussions

1. Formation of Local and Regional Internet:
1.1 Local and Regional Independent Internet Services
1.2 Internet of Things, Security and Reliability
1.3 Local Internet for sustainable growth for Industrial, Health, Educational and Agricultural Projects (ICT development, commercial and non-commercial use)
1.4 Security matters for Local Internet Cloud and Net Computing
1.5 Global & Regional Cooperation Commitment

2. Formation of Linguistic Internet and IDN cc/gTLDs and What the other option do we have? (e.g. Frogans Technology):
2.1 New Horizon Beyond English Language Internet, and main commercial opportunities
2.2 Security for Linguistic Internet Services
2.3 Community Demand vs IDN ccTLDs & IDN gTLDs
2.4 Development & Support for Local and Regional Linguistic Internet Services.
2.5 Global & Regional Cooperation Commitment

Proposed Thematic Suggestion are published on “Submitted Thematic Suggestions

 

IGFPak participation in WSIS +10 Overall Review Meeting

IGFPak is participating in WSIS +10 Overall Review Meeting, which is being held on Monday, March 2, at ICC Headquarters in Paris, organized by Global Partners DIGITAL, APC and civil society organisations in collaboration with the Internet Society (ISOC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Workshop at APrIGF 2014

IGFPAK Workshop Title: “Governance for the Internet of Kids, Teenagers and Youngsters

Internet Governance of Pakistan (IGFPak) is organizing its second workshop at 5th Conference of Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (5th APrIGF 2014 at Delhi, India).

Date: 6th August 2014 (Wed)
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 (New Delhi, Time)
Venue: Tapas 3, Crowne Plaza, Greater Noida, Delhi, India,

Remote Participation:  Links: Video / Text / Adobe Connect

IGF Pakistan has achieved support from various organizations and individuals. The final list of the panelist is as follows:Speakers2014

Workshop Organizer: Imran Ahmed Shah
Co-Organizer & Moderator: Babu Ram Aryal, President ISOC, Nepal
Co-Organizer: Rajesh Chharia, ISPAI, India
Moderator: Mr. Pavan Duggal

Registration Open for APrIGF 2014

Registration to attend APrIGF 2014 conference at Delhi, India is now open. You may visit url http://2014.rigf.asia/registration/ and fill up the registration form.

If you need any assistance on VISA application, please kindly contact registration2014@ispai.in

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Some important links:
Detail about the APrIGF forum may be found at: http://www.aprigf.asia/index.html
Information about APrIGF 2014: http://2014.rigf.asia/
Agenda of APrIGF 2014: http://2014.rigf.asia/agenda/

Governance for the Internet of Kids, Teenagers and Youngsters (Secure and Civilized Internet for the Innocent Minds & Next Generation):
Detail about IGF Pak workshop at APrIGF 2014 is scheduled at 10:30 (India Time) on 6th August 2014 under Security Track (Tapas3) at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Greater Noida, Delhi, India.

Remote Participation:
The facility for remote participation will also be available. Further detail may please be find at the detail information of each meeting/workshop.

IGFPAK Workshop proposal accepted

Proposal for the Workshop on “Governance for the Internet of Kids, Teenagers and Youngsters” has been accepted by the APriGF Selection Committee 2014.

IGF Pakistan will conduct this workshop at new Delhi, India and confirming the panelists from different countries in the region. It is also suggested to include some panelists from India and its neighbor countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Pakistan. Deadline for the confirmation of speakers is 24th June 2014.

Invite Us to Conduct “Summer Camp”

IGF Pakistan is running a campaign for the necessary awareness of our next generation, their teachers, parents and guardians making them ready to compete with the recent challenges of 3G / 4G, Mobile Devices and in absence of Cyber Security/ Cyber Crime Law. IGFPAK may conduct a workshop or Summer Camp at your institution to deliver a set of knowledgeable information about Online Security & Safety, Privacy & Human Rights for protection of users and definition about the safe and clean contents according to the identification of age base Internet users groups and constituencies.

If you are agreed with the IGF Pak mission and interested to setup a “Summer Camp” on “Governance for the Internet of Kids, Teenagers and Youngsters” for the awareness and improvement of student, teachers, parents/ guardians, please send us proposal by 1st June 2014.

Please send your CFP through email onto: info (at) IGFPak (dot) Org with a subject of “CFP for Summer Camp 2014″.