Usama Khilji

Draconian internet rules

Draconian internet rules

The new Rules undermine the citizens’ right to privacy and enhance the state’s surveillance powers. Updated 22 Nov, 2020 08:10am
Internet policymaking

Internet policymaking

It is important that internet laws and policies be democratic, transparent, consultative and informed. Published 08 Nov, 2020 07:00am
Censoring freedoms

Censoring freedoms

Can we not utilise these very apps to put forward the messages we want to encourage? Published 24 Oct, 2020 07:07am
Chilling effect

Chilling effect

The intent is to keep people away from political discourse. Published 28 Sep, 2020 07:42am
Toe the line

Toe the line

The agenda seems to be to discredit the press. Published 13 Sep, 2020 06:51am
Reimagining the internet

Reimagining the internet

Companies are more likely to invest here if there are no threats of measures to block apps and websites. Published 30 Aug, 2020 08:34am
Data protection bill

Data protection bill

It is important to explore the strengths of the bill as well as address its shortcomings. Published 10 May, 2020 06:46am
Tracking Covid-19

Tracking Covid-19

Transparency is essential in the government’s methods. Published 26 Apr, 2020 06:03am
Pemra’s latest assault

Pemra’s latest assault

The only type of regulation that makes sense for internet-based content is self-regulation. Updated 03 Feb, 2020 08:11pm
Dangerous surveillance

Dangerous surveillance

The University of Balochistan case is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg of privacy violations in Pakistan. Published 22 Dec, 2019 07:27am
Technology for justice

Technology for justice

Perhaps technology can empower citizens to hold the law-enforcement system accountable. Published 14 Oct, 2019 07:07am
Internet surveillance

Internet surveillance

If surveillance is to be carried out, there should at least be safeguards against abuse. Published 22 Jul, 2019 06:51am
Modern grief

Modern grief

The obsession with capturing every moment through phones acts as a saviour. Published 05 Mar, 2019 06:53am
Welcome to 1984

Welcome to 1984

Efforts to control what citizens can say sound ideal in an Orwellian dystopia, but not in a democratic state. Updated 16 Feb, 2019 09:19am
Data protection law

Data protection law

The draft law contains some welcome steps to protect personal information. Published 07 Jan, 2019 07:02am
An alarming nexus

An alarming nexus

Tech companies have begun to cede to requests for censorship. Published 02 Dec, 2018 07:01am
Paralysed state

Paralysed state

It is time for tough decisions to establish the writ of the state. Published 04 Nov, 2018 07:06am
Elite bias

Elite bias

Voting is a right, not a privilege. Published 13 Aug, 2018 06:08am
Polls & social media

Polls & social media

Social media is far more democratic than other forms of media. Published 25 Jul, 2018 07:06am