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  • VPN law latest step in Kremlin online crackdown

    The law is the latest in a raft of restrictions introduced by President Vladimir Putin's government and is expected to affect journalists and opposition activists, even though several VPN providers say they will not comply...

    Videos by the punk band Pussy Riot and the blog of opposition leader Alexei Navalny have in the past been blocked under a law that allows authorities to blacklist websites they consider extremist...

  • You could get fined over half a million dollars for using a VPN in the UAE

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has introduced an amendment to a law restricting the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and proxies, with jail time and fines of over $500,000 applicable to those who violate the rules, IB Times reported...

    "Under the amended law, the use of VPNs ? tools that can be used to manipulate user IP addresses ? may punish Internet users attempting to access...

  • Apple removes VPN services from Chinese app store

    Chinese internet users have for years sought to get around heavy internet restrictions, including blocks on Facebook and Twitter, by using foreign virtual private network (VPN) services...

    “We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations,” Apple told AFP in a statement on Sunday...

  • News channels go off air, Facebook and YouTube blocked in parts of Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday afternoon issued a notification prohibiting live coverage of the operation to end the Faizabad sit-in, following which most private news channels were taken off-air in Islamabad and other parts of the country...

    Additionally, Facebook, YouTube, DailyMotion, Twitter and Instagram have been blocked in some parts of the country...

  • More than 200 URLs blocked in Pakistan in three years: report

    KARACHI: In random tests involving 22 internet service providers (ISPs) it has been found that more than 200 URLs have been blocked in Pakistan, according to a research study carried out by the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) and Bytes for All Pakistan...

    The research report released on Wednesday looked at data from 2014 to 2017 and confirmed detection of 210 URLs in the country that were blocked by 22 ISPs...

  • US senator does not expect Pakistan F-16 sale to be blocked

    WASHINGTON: United States Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Wednesday he does not expect an upcoming vote on a $700 million sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan to keep the deal from going ahead...

    President Barack Obama's administration announced on Feb 12 that it had approved the sale of the Lockheed Martin Corp aircraft as well as radars and other equipment to Pakistan...

  • Satire website Khabaristan Times blocked in Pakistan

    KARACHI: Readers of the satire website Khabaristan Times were informed in a Facebook post on Monday that the website had been blocked in Pakistan since Wednesday (Jan 25)...

    there hasn’t been an official notification from any regulatory authority regarding the website being banned, but it can’t be accessed anywhere in Pakistan...

  • PTA ‘reluctant’ to give details of blocked SIMs

    LAHORE: As the position of the five telecom operators has remained unchanged after the biometric verification of SIMs, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is ‘reluctant’ to disclose the number of SIMs each of them blocked...

    “Ranking of the mobile companies has not changed and it is the same as was before start of the biometric verification system (BVS) exercise,” the PTA responded to Dawn’s query but it didn’t disclose the...

  • Govt orders 400,000 porn sites blocked

    ISLAMABAD: The federal government has asked the internet providing companies to block more than 400,000 pornography websites, officials said on Tuesday, as part of a crackdown on what the apex court calls “offensive content”...

    The move follows a Supreme Court order this month to ban online material considered blasphemous or objectionable
  • 25m unverified SIMs blocked

    LAHORE: More than 25 million unverified and unclaimed mobile phone subscriber identity modules (SIMs) have been blocked after a three-month deadline for biometric verification of 103m prepaid connections expired on Sunday...

    Sources in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told Dawn on Monday that 25m SIMs which could not be verified had been blocked...

  • Private company blocked from importing 20pc cheaper LNG

    ISLAMABAD: Amid legal vacuum surrounding the sale of around 140,000 tonnes of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) to a few bulk consumers, a private company’s bid to arrange import of 20 per cent cheaper commodity is reported to have been blocked...

    Informed sources told Dawn the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) did not have an LNG marketing licence but it had not only imported but was selling the product to various consumers, including...

  • Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

    An attack on an aid shipment in Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state and a deadly Red Cross truck crash in Bangladesh on Thursday hampered desperately needed relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution...

    Communal tensions remain high across Rakhine where raids by Rohingya militants at the end of last month sparked a massive army crackdown, driving more than 420,000 people into Bangladesh in what the United Nations (UN)...
  • Landslide-blocked road troubles Shangla people

    SHANGLA: A road linking Bisham city to Khataksar area remained closed for traffic on the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday due to heavy landslides, forcing people to walk to their destinations...

    “We are forced to shift patients to hospital in beds and students have to walk to schools due to closure of the road,” Jehanzeb, a local, told this correspondent
  • Railway level-crossing, road blocked in protest

    TOBA TEK SINGH: Scores of villagers, including women and children, blocked Toba-Gojra Road and shut railway level-crossing gates on Bypass Road in protest against razing of about a dozen houses by a revenue department team in Nai Abadi in Chak 323-JB, Kiampur, on Wednesday...

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