January 11, 2023 - Comments Off on December 2022 Newsletter: Digital 50.50: 16 Days of Activism on Gender-Based Violence

December 2022 Newsletter: Digital 50.50: 16 Days of Activism on Gender-Based Violence

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Digital 50.50: 16 Days of Activism on Gender-Based Violence

This 16 Days of Activism Digital 50.50 released its final edition on Gender-based violence and looking back at the year 2022. The pitches focused on different forms of violence against women and gendered minorities.

Digital 50.50 New Edition:

https://www.canva.com/design/DAFTt2Gipgg/HFCjwGKkIQ-FsL3Z2w-Vyg/view#1

#16DaysOfActivism

25th November marks the beginning of the 16 days of Activism highlighting the violence against women throughout these 16 days. Let's join hands to fight this violence and create safe spaces for women and gender minorities. #EndViolenceAgainstWomen

#HumanRightsDay

This human rights day DRF's women HRD's who shared their experiences & challenges in the field & focusing on the importance of the human rights principal model.

Listen to the conversation here: https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1601156779580063744?s=20&t=mhqkbZMf9PB3PAzDVDg37w

Policy Initiatives

Policy Paper: Unpacking Content Moderation in Local Languages

DRF launched its policy paper on the subject of content moderation in the regional context by conducting research on content shared in local languages on Facebook. Focusing particularly on Dari and Pashto, the policy paper makes important observations regarding the challenges faced by tech companies and automated systems in moderating content from different regional contexts.

The policy paper can be accessed here

Cyber Harassment Helpline completes 6 years of operation

These 16 Days DRF compiled 6 years at the Cyber Harassment Helpline with a total of 14,165 complaints received. Overall 60% calls have been by women whereas 32% by men in the last six years.

Click here to view the video:

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1601530613240299520?s=20&t=mhqkbZMf9PB3PAzDVDg37w

DRF’s Nighat Dad joins Task Force for a Trustworthy Future Web

The Task Force for a Trustworthy Future Web will chart a clear and action-oriented roadmap for future online ecosystems to protect users’ rights, support innovation, and center trust and safety principles.

Press Coverage

Samavaya Podcast: Nighat Dad in Conversation with Savera Weerasinghe

DRF’s Nighat Dad joins the conversation with Savera Weerasinghe on the Samavaya podcast on free and fair internet for women across the globe.

https://anchor.fm/asia-society-india-centre/episodes/Samavya--Nighat-Dad-in-conversation-with-Savera-Weerasinghe-e1s44ka/a-a91f8vb

Thoughts on Safety and Survival on Twitter from the rest of the world- Nighat Dad

Nighat Dad pens her thoughts on safety and survival on Twitter emphasizing on building solidarity at the center of experiences from marginalized communities.

Click here to read the piece:

https://www.context.news/big-tech/opinion/safety-and-survival-on-twitter-around-the-world?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=context-share

Q&A with Meedan partner Digital Rights Foundation on digital rights and gender violence in South Asia

DRF’s Shmyla Khan speaks to partner Meedan in a blog post about her experience promoting digital rights in Pakistan and throughout South Asia, and her insights on the gendered dimensions of digital security and emerging challenges around online electoral violence.

Click here to read the piece: https://meedan.com/post/q-a-with-meedan-partner-digital-rights-foundation-on-digital-rights-and-gender-violence-in-south-asia

16 Days of Activism: Legal Remedies Available in GBV Cases

DRF's Senior Legal Associate/Program Manager, Irum Shujah spoke on FM 100 on legal remedies available in Gender Based Violence cases. Different scenarios and queries were posed which were then answered by Ms. Shujah.

DRF joined the radio session virtually to discuss the challenges and the non-implementation of the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2016. It was further discussed that the country has laws for the protection of women but they are insufficient if not enforced, respected and implemented in letter and spirit without discrimination across the country.

Furthermore, the concept of cyber harassment was also elaborated upon and the general procedure of filing an FIA complaint with the Cyber Crime Wing was also discussed. Overall, the session aimed at educating the audience of their basic rights and responsibilities.

Link to listen: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?ref=watch_permalink&v=473668811550216

Nighat Dad on podcast on Examining Meta’s Cross-Check Program

Nighat Dad spoke on the podcast The Sunday Show to discuss policy advisory opinion on how Meta moderate content for its most powerful users.

You can listen to the full episode here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/examining-metas-cross-check-program/id1552627235?i=1000590161736

Events

Nighat Dad at the 10 Years of UN Plan of Action Islamabad Journalist Safety Forum

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke at the 10 years of UN Plan of Action Islamabad Journalist Safety Forum sharing about the cyber harassment helpline in 2022 and how the helpline received 55 complaints from Pakistani journalists, with women journalists facing disinformation campaigns, harassment, and abuse whereas male journalists faced inquiries under PECA and losing access to their social media accounts.

Nighat Dad speaking on ‘US & International Law & Policies: A global perspective and response’

Nighar Dad spoke at UNFPA event on "U.S & International Laws & Policies: A global perspective & response" around online gender-based violence along with representatives of bumble and the National Domestic Violence Hotline amongst others.

https://gracefarms.org/the-virtual-is-real-bios/

DRF’s Nighat Dad on Twitter Space by Oversight Board

DRF’s Nighat Dad joins a Twitter space session about the oversight board’s findings and recommendations on cross-checking and an overall discussion around how Meta treats its most powerful users.

Nighat Dad at the Danish Parliament on Free Speech

Nighat Dad spoke at the Danish Parliament on issues of free speech and where we are today in the age of disinformation.

Online Training on Digital Safety for South Asia

DRF conducted an online training workshop for participants from across South Asia on the issue of online safety in partnership with Meedan as part of its Global Check program. To learn more about this work, you can read a recent blogpost by Meedan on the subject.

Digital Safety Sessions with Human Rights Defenders in Karachi and Lahore

Digital Rights Foundation’s digital safety team conducted four successful workshops with human rights defenders in Karachi on December 12, 16, 18 and 19 with support from the Norwegian Human Rights Fund. The sessions brought together members of civil society from across the city to understand the emerging challenges for them in the digital space and to equip them with the necessary skills to carry out their work in a safe manner.

Instagram Live Session with Instagram Influencer Baekartoot


DRF held an Instagram Live Session with Instagram Influencer Baekartoot and answered pertinent legal queries regarding digital rights and online spaces.
The procedure to register a complaint with the Federal Investigation Agency, Cyber Security Wing and all nuances regarding that, was also detailed in the session.

 

Countering Online Misinformation in Pakistan - Training Workshop - Islamabad

The third training workshop was organized by DRF in collaboration with CFLI in Islamabad on 3 December 2022. The purpose of the workshop was to identify misinformation and disinformation, document online disinformation and misinformation patterns, and improve fact-checking abilities. 19 people from varied backgrounds attended. After the session, participants were asked to report their encounters with misinformation on the internet and how the workshop will affect their future online interactions and personal communication.

Countering Online Misinformation in Pakistan - Training Workshop - Karachi

DRF, in collaboration with CFLI, also held the fourth and final training workshop on "Countering Online Misinformation in Pakistan" on December 17, 2022 in Karachi. The training drew 24 participants from Karachi and surrounding areas in Sindh. This platform was used to discuss the growing issue of online disinformation and misinformation directed at marginalized social groups. The goal of this workshop was to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and document misinformation/disinformation online, as well as to develop fact-checking skills that can be used to combat misinformation/disinformation online. All attendees participated enthusiastically, sharing their personal experiences as well as providing suggestions for policy interventions and recommendations to address this growing problem.

HRCP Training Workshop

On the 26th and 27th of December 2022, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) held a two-day training workshop titled 'Human rights and advocacy for civil society groups'. Anam Baloch, Project Manager DRF was in attendance. The training seminar centered on the fundamental rights outlined in the Constitution of Pakistan, the international human rights framework, the intricacies of advocacy, and online safety.

Asia Pacific Justice Forum 2022

Digital Rights Foundation was invited to present their initiative under the 'Smart Regulations for a Healthy Information Ecosystem' interactive session at the Asia Pacific Justice Forum. The event was hosted by the World Justice Project in Jakarta, Indonesia from 8-9 December. As part of the 'best practices and innovations' segment, DRF presented the Cyber Harassment Helpline and how the initiative has helped to increase access to justice for women, minority groups, and vulnerable occupations in Pakistan.

IGF 2022

DRF hosted two workshops at the Internet Governance Forum this year. The IGF was held in hybrid mode (28 November to 2 December), and DRF hosted the two sessions ,'Cutting ties: Citizens caught between conflict and tech' and 'Safe Internet Use for All: Helplines working with communities’ virtually.

 

The former session aimed to start a discussion on the effect of cutting off internet access and online platforms by states and digital platform companies on the citizens of a country, particularly marginalized groups. The panel included Nighat Dad of DRF, Mona Shtaya of 7amleh, Tanzeel Khan of Kashmir Digital Rights, and Eliška Pírková of Access Now.

The second session was a networking session and an opportunity for IGF attendees to share their initiatives and experiences of providing direct support to victims of online harassment, and to learn from one another.

DRF Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline

The Cyber Harassment Helpline received 216 complaints in December with 116 of these from women. If you’re encountering a problem online you can reach out to our helpline on 0800-39393, email us at helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk or reach out to us on our social media accounts. We’re available for assistance from 9 am till 5 pm, Monday to Sunday.

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk

StopNCII.org

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

 

 

December 20, 2022 - Comments Off on November 2022 Newsletter: Paris Peace Forum 2022

November 2022 Newsletter: Paris Peace Forum 2022

                                 

DRF participated in the fifth edition of the Paris Peace Forum (PPF) from November 11 to 12 in Paris, France. The Forum brought together global leaders and innovators from across the world. DRF’s Executive Director Nighat Dad participated in three panels and roundtables along with our Director for Research and Policy. The discussions can be accessed virtually below.

Roundtables:

“Managing AI risk: perspectives from around the world”, Nighat Dad can be heard here.

“AI in International Development” can be accessed here.

Panels:

“International Mobilization for the Observatory on Information and Democracy” to be seen here.

“Framing freedom of speech in the digital age” which can be accessed here.

The fourth session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy & the Rule of Law at the UN General Assembly

Nighat Dad spoke at the Fourth session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy & the Rule of Law at the UN General Assembly on the Accelerated digital transformation and the seismic shift that will shape the 21st century. She spoke about accelerated digital transformation and highlighted the importance of online spaces & tech that provide make a global connection. She recognized that technologies have the ability to educate, unite & mobilize & widen democratic participation & discourse.

 Online Campaigns
#16DaysOfActivism

25th November marks the beginning of the 16 days of Activism highlighting the violence against women throughout these 16 days. Let's join hands to fight this violence and create safe spaces for women and gender minorities. #EndViolenceAgainstWomen

#InternationalWomenHumanRightsDefendersDay

This International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Day let's stand in solidarity and support WHRDs across the globe and acknowledge the important work that they do in the field. #InternationalWomenHumanRightsDefendersDay

Digital 50.50

Edition 3 of this year's Digital 50.50 is focused on the impact of climate change on women with writings from women journalists from all across Pakistan.

Click here to read the edition below:

https://www.canva.com/design/DAFQBoYqigE/ukiaqgpXqr1MspxP1ogJAQ/view?utm_content=DAFQBoYqigE&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=homepage_design_menu

Policy Initiatives

RSIL CLC BLOG: “INTO THE METAVERSE: Insights from Meta’s Oversight Board Cases on the Conflict in Ethiopia”

DRF’s Senior Research Associate, Noor Waheed wrote an article analyzing Meta’s Oversight Board decisions as they relate to war and conflict using Ethiopia as a case study which was published in the Research Society of International Law (RSIL) Conflict Law Center Blog.

Link to post: https://rsilpak.org/2022/insights-from-metas-oversight-board-cases-on-the-conflict-in-ethiopia/

META’S Oversight Board Decision on UK Drill Music

Meta released its decision on its UK Drill Music case (2022-007-IG-MR) in November. For this case, DRF’s Research Team submitted a public comment advising the board by  highlighting policy and freedom of expression considerations of the case. In its final decision the Oversight Board took cognizance of some of the points raised by DRF including the need for greater transparency and adherence to due process especially when working with law enforcement officials.

Read the full decision here: https://www.oversightboard.com/decision/IG-PT5WRTLW

Read the full public comment here: https://oversightboard.com/attachment/857566115421658/

End Impunity Against Journalists

DRF collaborated with the National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) on 2nd November on End Impunity Against Journalists highlighting to make online and offline spaces safer for journalists. DRF and NCHR also mapped a timeline of attacks against journalists in Pakistan and those who faced violence for sharing their voices and work on the Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

Press Coverage

Impact of Climate Change on Women (Radio show)

DRF hosted a radio show between journalists who discussed the impact of climate change on women on the 13th of November on FM96 (Multan).

16 Days of Activism: Violence against Human Rights Defenders (Radio show)

DRF hosted a radio show between Communications Officer at NCHR and Program Manager at the Cyber Harassment Helpline on the 29th of November on FM100 (Lahore).

Morning show at PTV News

DRF’s Legal Manager, Irum Shujah spoke on the morning show hosted by Sabookh Syed from PTV news. She joined the show virtually to discuss the role of DRF and its Helpline and then elaborated on the assistance that team DRF usually provides these survivors with. She also spoke about the forms of cyber harassment faced by social media users, DRF’s legal work, laws regarding online violence in Pakistan and the impact of legal irregularities on the criminal justice system in Pakistan.

Events

High-level panel on Implementation of the UN Plan of Action in the Digital Age

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke at the high-level panel “Implementation of the UN Plan of Action in the digital age – tackling new challenges” at #SoJ2022 Vienna organized by UNESCO and MFA Austria. She focused on the challenges and solutions too. The panel served as an essential touchpoint for stakeholders to continue the discussion and create new synergies in the fight to make the online sphere one that continues to be conducive to the freedom of expression

#IBAMiami

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke at the #IBAMiami on 2nd November at a panel. She represented the Oversight Board and talked about holding Meta accountable on the panel. She also focused on marginalized groups such as women & gender minorities, who are vulnerable to online violence. The panel was chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy. Nighat shared when she started working on the issue of online violence, it was ignored but over the years we have seen this become endemic and have real-time implications for women across the world particularly women in the Global South, journalists, and human rights defenders.

IGF 2022: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; online gender violence

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke at the panel ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; online gender violence’ at IGF 2022. Nighat Dad addressed the primary work of DRF around online gender-based violence through training, legal advice, and mental health support as well as training sessions around the world regarding online safety. It was shared that up to 70% of online harassment cases were reported by women. The main goal of the foundation’s helpline is to make women and girls safer and make them more confident and educated about how to protect themselves online.

Gender Sensitization Training ISB

DRF hosted its gender-sensitive workshops on the 9th of November in Islamabad attended by 24 journalists.

Gender Sensitization Training LHR

DRF hosted its gender-sensitive workshops on the 24th of November in Lahore attended by 16 journalists.

9th National Privacy Conference

DRF hosted its 9th annual National Privacy Conference on the 19th of November, 2022  in Lahore. The conference brought together experts from different fields to discuss this year’s theme of the conference “People & Privacy”, shedding light on the all-encompassing nature of privacy rights and violations that we experience in different strands of society.

The keynote speech was delivered by Angbeen Mirza, a legal academic and an Assistant Professor at the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL), LUMS. Angbeen stated that Article 14 of the Constitution guarantees our privacy, however it is important to operationalize it through a law that protects our right to privacy.

The first panel ‘People on Privacy’ included transgender activist Jannat Ali, journalist Amel Ghani, and Barrister Jannat Kalyar. The panel highlighted the importance of privacy in social movements from a people’s perspective and the need for popularizing privacy and making it more accessible to the masses.

After the panel a debate took place on the topic: ‘This house believes that privacy is a western concept’. The lively debate was led by two teams, each representing participants from DRF’s legal team, Shehrzade Amin and Ms. Aqsa, as well as students from Forman Christian College (FCCU) and Government College University (GCU) Maria Waqar, Muhammad bin Munir, Muhammad Hamza Aziz, and Ali Zar.

The last panel ‘Ensuring Dignity in Privacy Rights’ included Bushra Mahnoor from the Mahwari Justice Campaign, Umer Rajpoot from Todd’s Welfare Society, journalist Mehmal Sarfaraz and senior lawyer and activist Saroop Ijaz. The panel took a different approach and focused on dignity-based perspectives on privacy, centering privacy subjects above all else. The perspectives shared by the panelists highlighted privacy rights in the realities of marginalized populations.The guest of honor and concluding remarks were given by activist and former chairperson of NCSW Khawar Mumtaz. In her closing remarks, she emphasized the importance of art, posters, poetry, and performance in ensuring social change within the feminist movement in Pakistan, and has the potential to change attitudes regarding privacy rights. Ms. Mumtaz announced the winner of the artwork competition Maha Bint Abid who won a cash prize at the event with her artwork which was also displayed at the conference.

Countering Online Misinformation in Pakistan

DRF hosted a second training workshop in Peshawar in collaboration with CFLI on 21st November, 2022. The workshop's goal was to identify misinformation/disinformation, document disinformation and misinformation patterns online, and strengthen fact-checking skills. It was attended by 29 people from various backgrounds. Following the training, attendees were invited to report their experiences with disinformation on the internet, as well as how the workshop will influence their future online interactions.

Workshops with working women on feminist cities and tech

The DRF team hosted a two-day focus group discussion with 10 women from middle and working class backgrounds to get an intersectional understanding of the city and internet infrastructures. The workshops used art as a tool of engagement, and resulted in some amazing feedback.

Regional Convening on Feminist Digital Rights and Justice

DRF took part in the “Regional Convening on Feminist Digital Rights and Justice” in Thailand from November 28 to 29, 2022. The convening was a coming together of feminists and digital rights organisations and activists from across Asia Pascific to chart the future of a feminist and fairer internet.

Design4Democracy (D4D) Coalition Event: Meta Consultation on Ensuring Global Access

In September, DRF was invited to be part of a global stakeholder workshop that drafted recommendations on platform data access for researchers to be presented to Meta’s Data Access Team.  Based on that consultation, DRF’s Senior Research Associate, Noor Waheed was selected by D4D from a global cohort to be one of 6 presenters of the final draft of the recommendations to the Data Access Team which consisted of Nicole Lyons (Strategic Partner Manager, Academic Partnerships at Meta), Lindsay Hundley (Countering Influence Ops at Meta)  and Olga Belogolova (Security Policy at Meta). The event held on 3rd November 2022 was hosted jointly by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

RSIL Conflict Law Center Podcast: “Social Media and War”

DRF’s Director of Research and Policy, Shmyla Khan and Senior Research Associate, Noor Waheed were invited by the Research Society of International Law to their Conflict Law Center’s (CLC) Podcast hosted by Team Lead and Research Fellow, Ayesha Malik. In the podcast, DRF’s team discussed the relationship between war and social media.

Link to podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftBnGhJe574

Roundtable Discussion on Academic Practice and Information Infrastructure in the Digital Transformation

On November 1st 2022, DRF’s Research Team was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by LUMS Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law. The roundtable was led by Dr. Katharina de la Durantaye, Professor of Law at Freie University (Berlin, Germany) and Dr. Eric Steinhauer, Lawyer and Head of Hagen University Library and Honorary Professor at Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany). The discussion centered around the legal framework especially in the areas of copyright, platform regulation and digital human rights. Other participants included lawyers, policy experts and academics.

Gender-based Violence Strengthening Response Mechanism in Punjab’ in collaboration with Aawaz II, Peace and Justice Network and British Council

DRF’s legal team participated in the “Gender-based Violence Strengthening Response Mechanism in Punjab” consultation arranged by Aawaz II and Peace and Justice Network. The sessions had a diverse panel which included Ms. Rafia Kamal, Chairperson of Punjab Women Protection Authority, Ms. Nabila Hakim Khan, Ombudsperson and Ms. Imtiaz Fatima, representing persons with disabilities.

Other than the social challenges and the steps being taken to eradicate Gender Based Violence, the panel discussed prevailing practices which silently condone gender discrimination and violence. They also highlighted the first trans-school opening in July 2021 in the city of Multan and the significance of the recently passed Enforcement of Women’s Property Right Act, 2021, which allows women to approach the Ombudsperson and the civil court simultaneously.

Helpline and Legal session conducted in Bloomfield Hall School Secretariat

Helpline team along with Ms Sheherazade Amin, legal team, went to Bloomfield Hall to deliver a session to the students regarding their digital rights and safeguards that they should be aware of while being present in online spaces. DRF’s team and the students had an interactive session, in which the students posed their personal queries and the team assisted them as much as they possibly could.

Online Safety and Legal Landscape in Pakistan with marginalized groups - 28 November 2022

Legal and DST team delivered an online safety and legal landscape session to almost 15-20 participants. The legal session highlighted the online and offline threats normally faced by the trans community and the related misconceptions related to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Riqhts) Act, 2018. Other than the basic rights, police powers and responsibilities were also discussed. The overall session was interactive, and the participants shared their queries and personal experiences in detail.

DRF Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline

The Cyber Harassment Helpline received 263 complaints in November with 134 of these from women. If you’re encountering a problem online you can reach out to our helpline on 0800-39393, email us at helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk or reach out to us on our social media accounts. We’re available for assistance from 9 am till 5 pm, Monday to Sunday.

IWF Portal

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

#FloodsInPakistan2022

Climate change has had devastating consequences for the country and with the ongoing flood crisis there has been immense loss to property and life. It’s important to donate in this hour of crisis, however it’s also important to verify who you’re donating to.

The following resources are available for anyone who wants to donate during this crisis.

https://www.floodpk.com/

https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/donate-to-pakistan-flood-relief

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u4EcNZIhKUltDc7ZPiMT3CLrVooFLFd_4AyKM1raEZs/edit#gid=139435833

 

November 15, 2022 - Comments Off on October 2022 Newsletter: 2022 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

October 2022 Newsletter: 2022 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform

DRF was pleased to be a part of the upcoming Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform "ON/OFF Implications of Digital Connectivity on Human Rights" on 18th October.In the first panel DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke about the human rights implications of digital connectivity for surveillance, interception and data collection.

Online Campaigns

#CyberSecurityMonth

1st October commemorates Cyber Security month in which we focused on the different online threats that individuals face and what remedies one can adopt to protect themselves online.

#CyberSecurityMonth #CyberSecMonth #ThinkB4UClick

 

#InternationalDayOfGirlChild

This International Day of Girl Child let's aim to make Hamara internet safer for girls. To report child pornography and sensitive child sexual abuse online go to http://report.iwf.org.uk/pk and report anonymously.

#internationaldayofthegirlchild2022

Policy Initiatives

Collaboration Between DRF & NCHR

DRF and NCHR are collaborating together with the launch of a complaint cell for women journalists facing online abuse.

#ProtectWomenJournalists

Reporting and Collecting Evidence for Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

DRF’s legal team and ED shared an information breakdown of collecting evidence in cases of domestic abuse, sexual harassment and assault. The Twitter thread carefully curates the procedures and necessary evidence needed to record domestic violence abuse.

Link to thread:

https://twitter.com/nighatdad/status/1584819490537107457?s=20&t=XyUfr1eCq97ObkCg6CCCLw

Press Coverage

Content Moderation and Free Speech on Sky FM89

DRF conducted a session on “Content Moderation and Free Speech” as part of the Digital 50:50 campaign with their organization’s Research and Policy Director informing viewers regarding reporting content on social media and governmental and company policies.

View the program here.

Personal is Political

DRF's Network of Women Journalists for Digital Rights (NWJDR) members Rabbiya Arshad and Sabah Bano Malik spoke on FM 100 on Personal is Political.

You can listen to the conversation in the link below:

https://fb.watch/f_FGfiVDMI/

DRF’s ED and Legal Team Advice For Domestic Abuse Victims

Here’s news coverage on the legal advice:

https://www.thefridaytimes.com/2022/10/25/nighat-dad-offers-legal-advice-for-domestic-abuse-victims/

https://www.fuchsiamagazine.com/2022/10/27/you-are-not-alone-a-step-by-step-guide-for-reporting-domestic-violence/

https://www.independenturdu.com/node/118796?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1666887080-1

Events

DRF at #AJCONF on Crisis of Constitutionalism

DRF’s Executive Director Nighat Dad spoke on the onslaught on civil society in social asia on regulating social media: freedom but under what on October 23rd.

Role of the private sector in the spread of online hate speech

DRF’s Director for Research and Policy spoke to the panel “Role of the private sector in the spread of online hate speech” the regional convening on Challenging Hate Narratives in Asia on 4 October, 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. DRF joined the discussion virtually to discuss the role of the private sector, and especially social media platforms, in the spread of hate speech and the effectiveness of their response to this situation.

Women Journalists Well-being and Residency Retreat

DRF, in collaboration with the Free Press Unlimited, held a Well-being Residency Retreat for Women Journalists in the hills in northern Pakistan. The retreat was attended by 24 journalists from the Network of Women Journalists for Digital Rights. The five-day long Retreat was an opportunity for women journalists to engage in networking with other journalists from across the country and also get time to unwind from the everyday hustle and stressors of the profession. During the retreat, the journalists attended two days of intensive sessions on stress management, self care and digital detox as well as skills to ensure their online safety. They built peer coaching relationships to further enhance the solidarity of the network and help each other in whatever capacity possible.

DRF’s legal team was also engaged for a short session during the retreat. The session started with a quick recap of applicable laws and short animated videos were shown to the participants. These videos covered various facts and the relevant laws. Thereafter, the participants and the trainer had a dialogue about their basic understanding pertaining to the concepts behind different legal issues which they come across in their daily journalistic practices.

Countering Online Misinformation in Pakistan

DRF, in collaboration with CFLI, held a training workshop in Lahore. The purpose of the workshop was to identify misinformation/disinformation, document disinformation and misinformation trends online, and build fact-checking abilities. It was attended by 18 participants from diverse backgrounds. After the training, the participants were asked to share their experiences with misinformation online and how the workshop will inform their future online interactions.

Digital Well Being and Safety Fellowship 2.0

DRF in collaboration with FNF held the Digital Well Being and Safety Fellowship 2.0 in Shangrila Hotel Murree from 21st to 22nd October 2022. The fellowship was attended by 10 women journalists from across Pakistan who were part of a three-month extensive program for women journalists. It started out with a pre-assessment exercise, with the trainers determining the level of legal knowledge of the participants. After the exercise was concluded, the trainers delved into various laws such as the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, Sedition Laws, the Protection of Women at the Workplace Act, the Defamation Ordinance, the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Act etc.

The trainers were particular about walking the participants through the complaint filing procedure with the Federal Investigation Agency Cyber Crime Wing and other fundamental procedural necessities were elaborated upon. The trainers also focused on the mental health and well-being of the participants and the pressures women journalists face in the field.

META: Women’s Safety Roundtable

On 6th October 2022, representatives from the Legal, Research and Helpline teams at DRF attended the Women’s Safety Roundtable conducted by the South Asian contingent of Meta’s policy team. In the discussion, new initiatives regarding women’s safety on Meta’s platforms were shared with stakeholders which included other notable civil society organizations across South Asia. Additionally, DRF and others shared their insights on potential improvements to these initiatives to better ensure women’s safety and privacy online.

Technology, Social Media and Regulation in South Asia

DRF spoke at the ISAS Panel Discussion (webinar) titled “Technology, Social Media and Regulation in South Asia” on 13 October 2022. The panelists included experts from the region: Meg Chang (Content Regulation Policy Manager, Head of APAC, Meta (Facebook), Singapore), Shahzeb Mahmood (Research Associate, Center for Governance Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh), Shmyla Khan (Director Research and Policy, Digital Rights Foundation, Lahore, Pakistan) and Shruti Shreya (Programme Manager, The Dialogue, New Delhi, India).

 

 

 

 

Bayan Legal Journal

DRF's Nighat Dad and Zainab Durrani were featured in Simorgh's Bayan Legal Journal Volume 6 that was published this month.

The article titled 'Unlawful Online Content and the Rights of the Citizen' reviews the legal climate in which the recent internet governance laws and regulations were passed in Pakistan and discusses the impact on free speech.

Link: https://simorgh.org.pk/portfolio_page/freedom-of-speech-volume-i-2021/

2nd Asma Jahangir Memorial Lecture Series

DRF attended the 2nd Asma Jahangir Memorial Lecture Series on 25 October 2022 with the UN Special Rappartuer on Violence Against Women as the guest speaker. The event was organised by the AGHS Legal Aid Cell.

Digital Dada Podcast

Zainab Durrani, Project Manager at Digital Rights Foundation appeared on the Kenyan Digital Dada Podcast hosted by journalist and digital security trainer Cecilia Maundu. She spoke on DRF's work, the onground situation around online violence in Pakistan and the impact of the overlap of gender. She also highlighted what impedes access to digital rights in Pakistan and discussed the ongoing research work being done under the Data Privacy portfolio she manages at DRF.

Link to podcast:

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy85NDI0ZTEyNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw/episode/ZDVhYjY2NjgtZTYxMS00ZDlmLTkwMTAtNWIyOWE4ZmEzYjIx

DRF Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline

The Cyber Harassment Helpline received 260 complaints in October with 159 of these from women. If you’re encountering a problem online you can reach out to our helpline on 0800-39393, email us at helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk or reach out to us on our social media accounts. We’re available for assistance from 9 am till 5 pm, Monday to Sunday.

IWF Portal

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk

StopNCII.org

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

#FloodsInPakistan2022

Climate change has had devastating consequences for the country and with the ongoing flood crisis there has been immense loss to property and life. It’s important to donate in this hour of crisis, however it’s also important to verify who you’re donating to.

The following resources are available for anyone who wants to donate during this crisis.

https://www.floodpk.com/

https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/donate-to-pakistan-flood-relief

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u4EcNZIhKUltDc7ZPiMT3CLrVooFLFd_4AyKM1raEZs/edit#gid=139435833

October 17, 2022 - Comments Off on September 2022 Newsletter: DRF’s Nighat Dad at the Ministerial Summit for Information and Democracy

September 2022 Newsletter: DRF’s Nighat Dad at the Ministerial Summit for Information and Democracy

Nighat Dad at the Ministerial Summit for Information and Democracy

Nighat Dad presented the new deal for Journalism as a Vice Chair of the Forum on Information and Democracy to several honorable State Ministers. The forum called on governments to commit up to 1% of their official development assistance to the sustainability of independent journalism.

Online Campaigns

International ID Day

DRF held an online campaign on International Identity Day, 16th September. We believe identity systems have created exclusion, insecurity, and surveillance.

To find out more about visit our website: www.digitalrightsfoundation.pk

Kidnapping Scams

The helpline received a considerable amount of complaints about fake kidnapping cases for which the team developed infographics around how to avoid these scams and report.

The Coalition Against Online Violence

The Coalition Against Online Violence condmemns the ongoing attacks, abuse and harassment of Nighat Dad from the Digital Rights Foundation. The statement was further supported and shared by FPU, Freedom Network, Article 19, Women's Media Center, Women in journalism, International Women's Media Foundation, Freedom on the net, Pen America and NDI gender.

Policy Initiatives

Virtual Learning and Privacy amid COVID-19


DRF conducted a study on Virtual Learning and Privacy Amid COVID-19 to investigate and understand the privacy practices between students, teachers and educational institutions.

Link to study: https://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Virtual-Learning.pdf

 

DRF Condemns the Arbitrary Youtube Shutdowns in the country as ‘Unconstitutional’

Digital Rights Foundation condemns the arbitrary Youtube shutdowns in the country by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and reiterates that these are unconstitutional blocks.

Read the full statement here: https://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/drf-condemns-the-arbitrary-youtube-shutdowns-in-the-country-as-unconstitutional/

DRF joined the We Protect Global Alliance

https://www.thefridaytimes.com/2022/09/23/nighat-dad-presents-a-new-deal-for-journalism-to-global-leaders/

DRF became a part of the WeProtect Global Alliance. We're looking forward to working together with the Alliance to build a digital world designed to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Learn more about the Alliance here:  https://weprotect.org/who-we-are/

Press Coverage

Nighat Dad on #ZaraHatKay

DRF’s ED Nighat Dad spoke on the show Zara Hat Kay discussing the arbitrary Youtube Shutdowns in the country as a violation of the constitutional rights of the citizens.

Here’s the full conversation: https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1567483551108440064?s=20&t=fvalcsMptKYDgfOkyQmnTQ
Nighat Dad Presents A New Deal For Journalism To Global Leaders

Nighat Dad, Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation and Member of Meta’s Independent Oversight Board, presented a new deal for journalism to several State Ministers as a Vice Chair of the Forum of Information and Democracy alongside UNGA 2022.

Read the full piece here: 
https://www.thefridaytimes.com/2022/09/23/nighat-dad-presents-a-new-deal-for-journalism-to-global-leaders/
OPINION: As Pakistan flooded, internet shutdown compounded woes

DRF published an op-ed with Thomas Reuters Foundation on the issue of internet shutdowns in Pakistan, particularly in light of bans on YouTube, impending elections and unprecedented flooding in the country.

Read the full piece here:

https://news.trust.org/item/20220902091216-7u4zb/
Human Rights Defenders 2022

DRF’s Nighat Dad was featured on Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s website in the list of human rights defenders of 2022. She shared her story as an activist and the struggles she faced while pursuing her activism.

Read the full interview here: https://publikationen.freiheit.digital/en/human-rights-defenders/2022-en/nighat-dad
Emerging Technologies, such as AI, Algorithms etc and their relevance in Pakistan

DRF’s Shmyla Khan spoke Sky FM 89 on Emerging Technologies, such as AI, Algorithims etc and their relevance in Pakistan. She shed light on the growing intergration of technologies in our lives and our reliance on them.

You can listen to the full conversation here: https://fb.watch/fXHlUXrOoP/
“Well-being and self-care are collective efforts”

The Open Tech Foundation showcased DRF’s work on the intersection of well-being and digital security. The piece covers ddressing burnout in human-rights defenders facing violence online is crucial.

Read the full piece here: https://www.opentech.fund/news/addressing-burnout-among-human-rights-defenders-facing-violence-online/

Events

 

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke at the Concordia Summit 2022 on Decentralized Governance: Giving Power Away


DRF’s Nighat Dad on behalf od Meta spoke at the Concordia Summit 2022 on the panel Decentralized Governance: Giving Power Away emphasizing on bringing communities at the centre of the conversations.

She spoke about how decentralisation also mean giving away power to its users by tech giants which the Oversight Board has been doing.

 

Nighat Dad spoke on the High level panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

Nighat Dad spoke at the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom discussing the growing need to secure emergency safe refuge for journalists at risk on the sidelines.

DRF's Nighat Dad at the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition Event

DRF’s Nighat Dad attended the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition event focusing on Forging paths to digital transformation and inclusive digital societies. The event was held at Twitter headquarters where Doreen Bogdan from the International Telecommunication Union spoke about leaving no one behind when it comes to online connectivity and inclusive digital societies.

The Edge of the Law: A regional approach to confronting legal challenges

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke on the virtual launch of the report and recommendations from Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the American Bar Association Rule of Law intiative on the ‘The Rule of the Law: A regional approach to confronting key legal challenges’ specifically highlighting the chapter about the need for a human rights centric data protection approach in the region.

DRF at Regional Consultations to Support the Development of the 2022 Ottawa

The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC)  and the Government of Canada hosted consultations with stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Middle East and North Africa regions to support the development of the upcoming FOC Ottawa Agenda. DRF’s Nighat Dad was part of the consultation representing Pakistan.

Nighat Dad at Trust Con 2022

Nighat Dad on behalf of the Oversighht Board discussed the recommendation and tracking the implementation of the oversight board. She emphasized on the board welcoming more inputs and being a transparent and independent body.

Consultation: Challenges and Opportunities for Digital Media in Pakistan

DRF completed its series of consultations with digital media organisations and content creators with a session on September 1st in Lahore. The consultation was organised in partnership with UNESCO and attended by 13 participants (5 digital media organisations, 1 civil society organisation, 1 traditional media organisation, and 4 individual content creators).

Similar to the preceding consultation, participants highlighted issues of growing hate speech and intolerance online and how the community guidelines of social media companies were unequipped with the requisite cultural/linguistic sensitivity to effectively remove/block hate speech. They also expressed the need for educating content creators on social media content policies and local laws including those on copyright infringement.

Hajar e Tifl (Protect the child) panel talk arranged by The City School:

DRF participated in the City School’s panel talk, Hajar e Tifl (Protect the child) under whose banner the panelists addressed Vocabulary of Abuse and the concept of child abuse in physical and digital spaces. The panel talk took place on September 22, 2020, at TCS Paragon Campus, Lahore. The panelists thoroughly spoke on verbal abuse against children in online and offline spaces - the various concepts accounted for included cyber stalking, cyber harassment, bullying etc.

Multi-stakeholder Consultation: Safety of Journalists in the Digital Age

DRF took part in a consultation organised on by International Media Support (IMS) and UNESCO that brought together journalists, tech company representatives, digital safety experts and civil society representatives on the issue of journalist safety in digital spaces. DRF presented the issues faced by women journalists on digital platforms, particularly highlighting disinformation campaigns. The consultation was held Copenhagen, with the DRF team joining virtually.

To find out more about the event visit: https://www.mediasupport.org/news/tech-dialogues-to-improve-safety-of-journalists/.
Online 4th session for Women Journalists' Digital Well-being & Safety Fellowship 2.0

On the 21st September 2022, the Legal team conducted an overview of the concept of defamation, cyber harassment and Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2021 etc.. The interactive session discussed personal experiences of women journalists and discussed the legal recourse which the participants could potentially refer to and legally safeguard themselves in difficult situations.

Democratising South Asia in the Digital Age

DRF’s Seerat Khan spoke on the conference Democratising South Asia in the Digital Age on the panel Closed Borders, Open Websites. The panel discussed the importance accessible websites in the South Asian region and the need for greater solidarity.

You can listen to the session here:

https://twitter.com/voicepkdotnet/status/1571144442832109569?s=20&t=fvalcsMptKYDgfOkyQmnTQ

DRF Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline

The Cyber Harassment Helpline received 232 complaints in September with 134 of these from women and 2 from trans women throughout the country. If you’re encountering a problem online you can reach out to our helpline on 0800-39393, email us at helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk or reach out to us on our social media accounts. We’re available for assistance from 9 am till 5 pm, Monday to Sunday.

IWF Portal

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan.

The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

 

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk
StopNCII.org

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

#FloodsInPakistan2022

Climate change has had devastating consequences for the country and with the ongoing flood crisis there has been immense loss to property and life. It’s important to donate in this hour of crisis, however it’s also important to verify who you’re donating to.

The following resources are available for anyone who wants to donate during this crisis.

https://www.floodpk.com/

https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/donate-to-pakistan-flood-relief

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u4EcNZIhKUltDc7ZPiMT3CLrVooFLFd_4AyKM1raEZs/edit#gid=139435833

September 8, 2022 - Comments Off on August 2022 Newsletter: Digital 50.50 Edition on Threats and Harms of Gendered Disinformation

August 2022 Newsletter: Digital 50.50 Edition on Threats and Harms of Gendered Disinformation

Digital Rights Foundation launched its second edition of the feminist e-magazine, Digital 50.50 on the 5th of August 2022. The magazine focused on the threats and harms of gendered disinformation targeted towards women in public life. The magazine had articles, vlogs and illustrations on the said theme. They discussed what gendered disinformation meant as an emerging form of disinformation that relies on sex-based narrratives and like most online gender-based violence is targeted at or about women and girls and other gender minorities. Gendered disinformation impacts women’s access to and participation in public life by silencing and threatening them. Many authoritarian regimes have resorted to targeting women politicians, activists and journalists with organised gendered disinformation campaigns to silence and restrict their participation in public life.

A feature penned by Hira Nadeem talks about the social and emotional consequences of gendered disinformation circulated in the society about transgender individuals. A research-based article by Aiza Nadeem discusses how new and emerging channels and content creators on YouTube manipulate and spin the narrative to sustain viewership using the case study of Aurat March. Khalida Niaz wrote about how women singers and performers have time and again become a target of fake news in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The edition has some amazing illustrations by Bushra Saleem which represent the theme.

Read the edition here.

Online Campaigns

#AtoZofOnlineSafety

DRF did a 21 day campaign on the A to Z of online safety sharing resources and tips on online safety. In the campaign tools that are widely used online were also discussed in detail along with possible privacy concerns associated to them.

Policy Initiatives

Consultation: Challenges and Opportunities for Digital Media in Pakistan

Third consultation held on August 15, 2022

In the month of August DRF conducted a series of three consultations with digital media and non-traditional content creation organizations and individuals in order to map and better understand the digital media landscape in Pakistan. In partnership with UNESCO, these consultations were the first step in developing targeted policy recommendations for the digital media landscape from a policy, legal, gendered and economic lens.

Partnership between DRF and Beti No Misogyny

DRF and Beti No Misogyny have signed an MOU to collaborate together to fight online misogyny, hate & abuse. We hope to create an all inclusive space for everyone through this collaboration.

DRF Condemns the Digital Abuse and Hate Speech against Trans Folks Online

DRF has been monitoring the digital abuse, hate speech & threats that the trans community has been facing in the past few days. As an organization that works on digital safety, we condemn the attacks that prevent the community from feeling safe & engaging in online spaces.

Media Coverage

DRF’s team spoke to Express News on Cyber Harassment

Helpline and legal team spoke to Ms Ayesha Saghir on the prevalent issues related to cyber harassment. The increasing number of cases being reported to the DRF’s Helpline along with the technical and procedural problems encountered by the complainants who register their complaints with the Federal Investigation Agency were discussed within the short interviews. The package was later run on the Express News.

What is Digital 50.50 on FM 100

DRF’s team members conducted a session for the radio station FM 100 on the topic “What is Digital 50 50: Know Your Digital Rights” on August 11, 2022. A recording of the session can be accessed here.

Data Protection and Privacy Radio Program on FM 100

Our Program Manager Zainab Durrani spoke with RJ Haya Khan of FM 100 on the topic of ‘Data Protection and Privacy’ where the two discussed what the current landscape of data privacy looks like in Pakistan today, the overlap of gender and privacy, the gender digital divide in Pakistan and its cultural aspects, the upcoming Personal Data Protection Bill as well as DRF’s latest study on healthcare data privacy that is underway at the moment.

The show was cast live for radio audience and also simultaneously available for viewing on FM 100’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fm247365/videos/2319933854823963/ )

DRF spoke at Taggeschau

DRF contributed to Taggeschau, a German radio channel report on revenge porn in the context of online dating in Pakistan, the consequences faced by survivors, and what kind of help they can receive.

 
(https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/asien/pakistan-dating-rache-101.html)
NCHR Launches Complaint Cell for Women Journalists Experiencing Harassment

The Friday Times covered the collaboration between DRF, NCHR and CEJ on combatting harassment women journalsits face online.

Read the full article here:

https://www.thefridaytimes.com/2022/08/03/nchr-launches-complaint-cell-for-women-journalists-experiencing-harassment/

 

Events

Nighat Dad at Young Global Leaders (YGL) Summit by World Economic Forum (WEF)

 

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke at Young Global Leaders (YGL) Summit by World Economic Forum in Geneva. She gave a session on digital safety for world leaders along and spoke about disinformations impact in digital age and how it’s impacting democaracies around the world.

Nighat Dad part of the Commonwealth Observer Group in Kenya

DRF’s Nighat Dad was part of the Commonwealth Observer Group in Kenya for the general elections this year. Nighat was part of an advance team  on the ground to observe preparations ahead of the polls and campaigns. The team after the observation will update the main Group about their meetings with stakeholders and their preliminary findings, which will be pivotal in the observation role and report.

Nighat Dad at Wilton Park on a meeting on Gender based Violence

DRF’s ED Nighat Dad joined Wilton Park from 16th till 19th August focusing on evidence base for tackling gender-based harassment and abuse online. A discussion around better standards and definitions around gender based violence took place along with a need for stronger stakeholder collaboration and engagement.

Training for Prosecutors & Legal Aid Lawyer on women's marriage rights and violence against women laws

Legal Team attended a two (02) day training organized by Musawi in collaboration with the Center for Professional Development of Public Prosecutors,“Training for Prosecutors & Legal Aid Lawyer on women's marriage rights and violence against women laws” on the 29th and 30th August 2022. The session initiated with a brief overlook on the concept of gender sensitization leading to an elaborate discussion on women’s protection laws, laws including but not limited to The Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Act 202, Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2016 and others. Furthermore, the training touched upon the practical touchstones of the women’s marriage rights in Punjab and endorsed increased dialogue, information sharing about nikkahnama (marriage contract), and advocacy for marriage laws.

Online Training on Digital Safety for South Asia

DRF conducted an online training workshop for over 20 participants from the South Asian region on digital safety on August 10, 2022. Given the complex and unique nature of the South Asian context, this training supported by Meedan went a long way in addressing the specific challenges participants faced.

Panel at LACAS A Levels JT Campus

DRF was invited to speak at a panel on ‘Challenging Youth Exclusion in Digital Safety’. The event was arranged by the students themselves, which showcases the interest that the youth of today have in owning their right to digital safety and access and voicing their concerns regarding relevant laws in the country. They asked questions regarding the role of social media platforms, who should be making the rules regarding data privacy, contributing to the discussion on internet access and safety especially post Covid.

DRF Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline

The Cyber Harassment Helpline received 258 complaints in August with 169 of these from women and 5 from trans women throughout the country. If you’re encountering a problem online you can reach out to our helpline on 0800-39393, email us at helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk or reach out to us on our social media accounts. We’re available for assistance from 9 am till 5 pm, Monday to Sunday.

IWF Portal

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk
StopNCII.org

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

Resources for Flood Relief

Climate change has had devastating consequences for the country and with the ongoing flood crisis there has been immense loss to property and life. It’s important to donate in this hour of crisis, however it’s also important to verify who you’re donating to.

The following resources are available for anyone who wants to donate during this crisis.

https://www.floodpk.com/

https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/donate-to-pakistan-flood-relief

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u4EcNZIhKUltDc7ZPiMT3CLrVooFLFd_4AyKM1raEZs/edit#gid=139435833

 

September 7, 2022 - Comments Off on DRF condemns the arbitrary Youtube shutdowns in the country as ‘Unconstitutional’

DRF condemns the arbitrary Youtube shutdowns in the country as ‘Unconstitutional’

7 Sept 2022: Digital Rights Foundation condemns the arbitrary Youtube shutdowns in the country by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and reiterates that these are unconstitutional blocks.

Youtube is a source of income, information, educational tool, and entertainment for many and these blocks are a direct threat to Articles 19 and 19 A of the Constitution. Pakistan already ranks ‘not free’ on the freedom of the net report index according to Freedom House, and these blocks constitute blatant state censorship for citizens of the country.

It is worrying that the PTA has implemented these blocks without any notice nor justification. This lack of transparency and arbitrary procedures should worry every citizen and political party.

The YouTube shutdowns, yesterday (September 6) and on August 21, were targeted at political speeches by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Blocking the streaming of political speech of any party is blatant censorship. If the PTA believes that the content in speeches should not be allowed, it should make its reasons for banning public and subject to judicial review.

We would like to reiterate our stance that section 37 of PECA, which gives power to the PTA to block online content, runs afoul of human rights standards and should be repealed. Nevertheless, even section 37 does not authorize a blanket shutdown of an entire social media platform.

August 11, 2022 - Comments Off on July 2022 Newsletter: NCHR, DRF and CEJ hold Consultation on Challenges faced by Women Journalists in the Media

July 2022 Newsletter: NCHR, DRF and CEJ hold Consultation on Challenges faced by Women Journalists in the Media

NCHR, DRF and CEJ hold Consultation on Challenges faced by Women Journalists in the Media

On 29th July, Digital Rights Foundation, in collaboration with National Commission of Human Rights and Centre for Excellence in Journalism conducted a consultation on the challenges faced by women journalists in the media in Islamabad. The consultative meeting was attended by women journalists from across Pakistan. The purpose of the meeting was to give women journalists the space to air their concerns and to collectively address the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. The meeting concluded with NCHR announcing the launch of complaint cell at the NCHR to address the issues and challenges that women journalists face.

The event received massive coverage:

https://www.thefridaytimes.com/2022/08/03/nchr-launches-complaint-cell-for-women-journalists-experiencing-harassment/

https://www.geo.tv/latest/430553-women-journalists-at-high-risks-of-attack-censorship

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/978010-nchr-launches-complaint-cell-for-women-journalists

Online Campaigns

Well-being week

In collaboration with Free Press Unlimited, Digital Rights Foundation, held a week-long online campaign on well-being and self-care for journalists and human rights defenders. The campaign shared content on what self-care is and how incorporating little things in our daily life can go a long way to increase our productivity, improve our physical and mental health outcomes, make us more empathetic and increase our self-esteem. The content also highlighted tips on identifying the signs of burnout and stress and dealing with them in a proactive manner.

A to Z of Online Safety

In collaboration with Free Press Unlimited, Digital Rights Foundation started an online campaign for journalists focusing on the A-Z of online safety. During the campaign, DRF has been posting a tip a day on how can journalists ensure safety in the online spaces.

#OnlinePrivacyCheckup

DRF has been doing a campaign on online privacy and reviewing social media apps security and how to make it better through a few simple steps.

Policy initiatives

DRF took part in assisting Punjab's ‘Cyber Violence Reforms Committee’

DRF’s Executive Director Nighat Dad was named part of the Punjab government’s Cyber Violence Reforms Committee. The organization provided recommendations to the government to address issues of online gender-based violence to ensure survivor-centric support and assistance. The organization will continue to assist government departments and committees in the future.

DRF submitted its stakeholder input for Pakistan’s fourth cycle for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

DRF made its individual submission to Pakistan’s fourth cycle of the UPR due early 2023. Reporting to international bodies is an important part of Pakistan’s participation in the international human rights community and we hope the recommendations put forward in the submission regarding online freedoms are paid heed to.

Events

Round Table on Investigation and Prosecution of Gender-Based Crimes

DRF’s Aqsa Javed spoke at the Round Table on Investigation and Prosecution of Gender Based Crimes on the 28th of July, 2022. The conference was attended by lawyers, journalists, politicians, police officials, and experts from across the city. In this conference, the panelists discussed the causes of Gender Based Crimes and gave recommendations for eliminating this factor from society and the prevalent criminal justice system.

DRF at Nur Student Leadership Program (NSLP)

DRF’s Zainab Durrani and Seerat Khan held a session on 27th July at the Nur Student Leadership Program (NSLP) at Fatima Memorial with students from O-levels and A-levels on online harassment. The session was attended by around 50 students who discussed the importance of having a strong online privacy.

Free Press Unlimited (FPU)  Regional Meeting:

The Free Press Unlimited Regional Meeting which was held in Phuket, Thailand this year from 19 to 21 July was attended by a representative from DRF. The participants from South and South-East Asia came together to discuss the current state of threats and crisis that journalists face in their respective countries

Press Coverage

Pakistan's digital ID card keeps millions locked out

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke to Thomson Reuters Foundation on data breaches. She focused primarily on women who are particularly vulnerable to breaches of Pakistan’s biometric ID database and how their data is weaponized against them. There was also a focus on the need for a data protection law without which there is little possible recourse.

Link to piece:

https://news.trust.org/item/20220725151706-n2lku/
NWJDR members win in 2022 Women’s Empowerment and Religious Freedom Film Competition

NWJDR is proud to share that our two members,  Zeenat Khan and Khalida Niaz have won the grand prize and 1st runner-up in 2022 Women’s Empowerment and Religious Freedom Film Competition for their films, She Stood Against Religious Extremism & Peace Promoters respectively.

She Stood Against Religious Extremism tells the true story of a young woman in a war-torn region of Pakistan who starts an initiative to counter religious extremism and sectarian violence by holding dialogue sessions with youth from different beliefs and religions.

In Peace Promoters, a young woman in Peshawar, Pakistan counters religious-based violence by building relationships among different faith influencers.

We are proud of the work these women are doing in KP and we are here always to support them Fatima Nazish, Wagma Feroz, Jamaima Afridi, Zeenat Khan and Khalida Niaz.

DRF’s Shmyla Khan shares insights about AI in the Tech Broken Promises

DRF’s Shmyla Khan talks about AI creating an illusion of something happening without human input and how AI can act as "a high tech smokescreen to blur harms against people."

Link to piece:

https://2022.internethealthreport.org/story/tech-broken-promise-shmyla-khan/

DRF Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline

The Cyber Harassment Helpline received 213 complaints in July with 142 of these from women throughout the country. If you’re encountering a problem online you can reach out to our helpline on 0800-39393, email us at helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk or reach out to us on our social media accounts.

DRF's Cyber Harassment Helpline is now switching to 7 days a week. You can now call us on 0800-39393 Monday till Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

IWF Portal

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk

StopNCII.org

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

July 13, 2022 - Comments Off on June 2022 Newsletter: Digital Rights Foundation launches its first Digital 50.50 for 2022

June 2022 Newsletter: Digital Rights Foundation launches its first Digital 50.50 for 2022

The theme for the first edition was ‘personal is political’ which received an overwhelming number of pitches from women journalists across the country. The articles penned discussed various sub-topics about how personal is political, a rallying slogan from the late 1960s and 1970s still astonishes us. Some articles focused on specific matters such as and domestic violence being the result of deep-rooted political structures and power dynamics that are intrinsically oppressive and patriarchal. These issues can thus not be sidelined using the pretext that they are trivial, unimportant personal matters to be discussed and resolved within the household

Online Campaigns 

#WellbeingWeek

DRF held a one week long campaign on account of #wellbeingweek from 27th June till 3rd July. In the one week long campaign posts around the importance of well-being and self care were shared.

#StopCyberBullyingDay

DRF shared posts on #StopCyberBullyingDay and shared the impact of cyberbullying on adults and children.

Policy Initiatives

DRF featured on  Heinrich Böll Stiftung’s Feminism and Gender Democracy blog

Illustration by Bushra Saleem.

DRF, in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, conducted a series of focus group discussions with researchers from across the globe in order to deconstruct ‘gendered disinformation’, understand existing work on the subject and identify areas for future interventions. Employing feminist methodology on drawing from lived experiences, the resulting series of policy papers take these experiences to build to definitions, theories and policy recommendations from the ground-up.

Read the blog here.
International Day for Countering Hate Speech

On this International Day for Countering Hate Speech we pledge to make Hamara Internet a safe space for all and not target anyone on the basis of their religion, race, colour, gender or ethnicity. DRF also released research on Religious Minorities in Online spaces highlighting the experience of religious minorities online and making Hamara Internet a safe and inclusive space for all.

Link to research:

https://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Religious-Minorities.pdf
#NoToHate
Study on Healthcare Data Privacy in Pakistan

DRF is conducting surveys on the healthcare data privacy in Pakistan with patients and doctors has designed a survey for it which is being shared online.

If you’ve ever been a patient in the hospital fill the survey below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYtJfdIZllFo8f5NgFNE1AlJQJpPsHGvW8gQ5A_JufQ9XJSw/viewform

If you’re a healthcare worker in Pakistan fill the survey before:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MTRUhtaRXeaLerlZ1m4FBbbA1OyCcBM-X0JDw1FFYEU/viewform?edit_requested=true

Events

RightsCon 2022
Session on Digital Apatheid and Social Media Algorithms on Humanitarian Crisis

DRF hosted a panel on RightsCon on Digital Apartheid and Social Media Algorithms on Humanitarian Crisis in which the panel discussed how some crises are more important for big tech companies than others. The panel was an attempt to interrogate this bias. The panelists on the panel were Mona Shataya from 7amleh, Nighat Dad from the Oversight Board Member, Tanzeel Khan from Kashmir Digital Rights and Seerat Khan Programs and Comms Lead at DRF.

Session on “Content moderation in the Global South: a rock and hard place”

DRF hosted a RightsCon panel to explore the complexities of content moderation in the Global South by big tech and the alternative visions of regulation that can be brought into these subjects. The panels included Victoire Rio from the Myanmar Internet Project, Raghav Mendiratta from Justitia, and Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei from Meta’s Oversight Board.

The discussion can be accessed here.

Democracy Game Changer: Ending Violence Against Women Online

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke on the 360/Open Summit on the panel Democracy Game Changer: Ending Violence Against Women Online on the 7th of June. The panel shed light on the experiences of women in South Asia and the need for a collective approach to tackle those issues.

LIRNEasia discussion series: “Tackling the Information Disorder in Asia”

DRF’s Shmyla Khan participated in the session on Laws and Regulations as part of LIRNEasia discussion series on “Tackling the Information Disorder in Asia” on June 9. The discussion, moderated by Gehan Gunatilleke and panel was attended by Jo-Ann Ding, Mong Palatino, Juni Soehardjo and DRF’s Shmyla Khan to discuss cyber laws in the Asia-Pacific region.

The report launched at the event titled “Meeting the challenges of information disorder in the Global South” can be found here.

Training on Online Safety

DRF held a training with Simorgh on online safety with journalists and activists. The training was an advanced online safety training focusing on secure communication and tools.

Digital skills for journalists session in Islamabad

On 21st June, DRF held a workshop for journalists in Islamabad on digital safety issues. The workshop was attended by 20 journalists. Topics covered included safe and efficient use of social media, digital devices and other communication tools particularly when dealing with vulnerable sources.

Social media platforms and the legal landscape in Lahore and Islamabad

On 15th June and 22nd June DRF held two sessions for journalists in Lahore and Islamabad to build their capacity in the legal landscape that governs the digital spaces where they perform their professional duties. A total of 50 participants attended the two workshops. The workshop was attended by many professionals from the urdu media as well, some of whom said that they were not well-wersed in using digital technologies for their work while others were not aware of the laws that apply on them and the knowledge of which can keep them safe in digital spaces.

Digital safety sessions for Home-based Workers in Sukkur

At the invitation of the Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO), supported by JICA, DRF’s trainers conducted two sessions with home-based workers and rural audiences in Sukkur, Sindh on June 22 and 23. The sessions were a greatly rewarding and learning experience for our team.

DRF at Nur Foundation holding a session with students

DRF held a session at Nur Foundation at Fatima Memorial Medical College focusing on online harassment and how to create safe spaces online. The session was attended by students of O'Levels from across Lahore.

Digital Media Society’s seminar on “Rights & Responsibilities of a Digital Citizen

DRF spoke about the importance of digital rights and aware citizens at Digital Media Society’s seminar on “Rights & Responsibilities of a Digital Citizen” on June 28. The seminar was attended by digital media journalists and experts from across the city.

‘Cyber Security and Data Protection Laws and Regulations’ session at UCP

DRF conducted a session with the law students at University of Central Punjab hosted by the UCP Law Society on June 6. The session focused on the data protection law, the need to be mindful of privacy and security while conducting legal work, and what constitutes cyber harassment.

DRF Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline now 7 Days a week

DRF's Cyber Harassment Helpline is now switching to 7 days a week. You can now call us on 0800-39393 Monday till Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

May Statistics of the Helpline

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1534173335608627200?s=20&t=Hhhc-fi-tqxjWXyW4eTwcw

In May, the Cyber Harassment Helpline received 232 complaints from across Pakistan. The helpline received the most complaints from females, which were about 63%.

June Statistics

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1544278069040631818?s=20&t=rZUbtgwcitC7oN9-wTNI0Q

In June the Cyber Harassment Helpline received 234 complaints from across the country. Most complaints were by women on the helpline.

IWF Portal

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk

StopNCII.org

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

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June 14, 2022 - Comments Off on May Newsletter 2022: DRF releases Cyber Harassment Helpline Annual Report 2021

May Newsletter 2022: DRF releases Cyber Harassment Helpline Annual Report 2021

Policy Initiatives

DRF releases Cyber Harassment Helpline Annual Report 2021

This month, the 2021 Annual Helpline Report was launched with a weeklong social media campaign which was covered by all major press publications in the country. Videos featuring women journalists’ experience with online harassment by virtue of their gender and profession were also shared, as well as videos featuring graphics of some statistics from the report.

Link to report: https://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/helpline-annual-report-2021-1.pdf

Cyber Harassment Helpline Policy Brief 2022

DRF is proud to launch the Cyber Harassment Helpline: 2022 Policy Brief, highlighting the risks that women journalists face in online spaces.

Click here to read the full policy brief: https://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Policy-Brief-2.pdf

Online Campaigns

Twitter Space: How can the Cyber Harassment Helpline you?

Journalists Tehreem Azeem and Sabah Bano Malik joined Nighat Dad for a Twitter Space titled ‘How can the Cyber Harassment Helpline help you?’

Link to space: https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1527180770074406912?s=20&t=G_kS6ZgFnCJpPmyT8dknqA

World Press Freedom Day

On this World Press Freedom Day DRF held a campaign on press freedom which started off with a tribute to journalists who lost their lives to bring credible information to the public. Infographics related to the ten challenges that journalists faced in the digital world were slao shared.

Twitter Space on World Press Freedom Day 2022

DRF held a Twitter space on 6th May on account of World Press Freedom Day regarding press freedom with Mehmal Sarfaraz, Amber Shamsi, Munizae Jahangir and Nighat Dad. In the Twitter Space women journalists highlighted their experiences in the field and the trolling they face on the internet.

Stories of Women Journalists and their experiences with Cyber Harassment

DRF introduces its series on 'Stories of Women Journalists & their experiences with Cyber Harassment.' The stories capture these women's experiences of the internet & how they were targeted online because of their work.

#SahafatAurSachai

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1529417001264766976?s=20&t=G_kS6ZgFnCJpPmyT8dknqA

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1529779380062343169?s=20&t=G_kS6ZgFnCJpPmyT8dknqA

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1531953705808850946?s=20&t=G_kS6ZgFnCJpPmyT8dknqA
DRF’s Cyber Harassment Helpline in collaboration with the FIA working together to stop online harassment

One of the services that the Cyber Harassment Helpline provides is legal guidance in the face of online harassment. We regularly refer and work with the FIA to provide relief to our complainants. The Cyber Harassment Helpline is available 7 days a week from 9 am till 5 pm (Monday to Sunday). Call us on 0800-39393, email us at
helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk, or reach out to us on Twitter.

 

Press/Media Coverage

DRF’s Nighat Dad joined Capital Talk to discuss online harassment against women journalists

DRF’s Nighat Dad joined Hamid Mir’s Capital Talk show to highlight harassment online that women and women journalists face. She also focused on structural reform and due process in the system to provide protection.

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1522576920768000000?s=20&t=G_kS6ZgFnCJpPmyT8dknqA

How DRF’s Women-Led Team Provides Support To Victims Of Cyber Harassment Amid Govt’s Indifference

DRF’s Cyber Harassment Helpline Annual Report was covered by the Friday Times highlighting the accomplishments of the helpline.

Cyber Harassment Helpline 2021 Report Release at Lahore Rang

Lahore Rang: The Cyber Harassment Helpline Manager appeared on the Good Morning Lahore show to talk about the 2021 Helpline Annual Report. She talked about the different types of cases that the Helpline receives, the role of law enforcement agencies, and what people can do to protect themselves online.

Trainings’/Workshops

Journalism Under Digital Seige: World Press Freedom Day

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke on a panel in Islamabad held by UNESCO titled, ‘Journalism Under Digital Seige’ on account of World Press Freedom Day. She emphasized taking a multi-stakeholder approach to any regulatory mechanism which is to be applied to the internet and social media.

Digital rights from a feminist perspective. How to create a secure digital space for women?

DRF’s Nighat Dad spoke at the Palestine Digital Activism Forum on the panel ‘Digital Rights from a Feminist Perspective. How to create a secure digital space for women?’. Nighat focused on the need for women to reclaim online spaces and express ourselves freely without the threat of trolling online.

Participation in IAF Seminar

DRF and Pakistan were represented at the 2022 IAF Seminar on ‘Liberalism v Populism’ by Project Manager Zainab Durrani from the 8th to the 20th of May in Gummersbach, Germany. The seminar attempted to deconstruct populism in a holistic manner by analyzing populism from the perspectives of its philosophical foundations, its political strategy with international case studies to its current-day political communication strategy. The methodology was a mix of theory with practice with a particular focus on the aspect of political storytelling. The seminar was facilitated by Sven Gerst, a veteran IAF instructor and PhD candidate at the King’s College London and Radu Magdin, a global analyst and consultant who specializes in political communications. The seminar saw 25 participants from 22 countries around the world and was a deeply interesting experience with a sharp and informative learning curve that was coupled with team-building and idea-exchanging group activities, leading to a very rewarding experience overall.

Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) Conference

DRF took part in the 15th international Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) conference. Shmyla Khan spoke at the panel titled “Datafication and Platformisation in Asia: Data-Rich and Policy-Poor or Vice Versa?” on May 24, 2022. The panel, moderated by Malavika Jayaram, unpacked the specific ways in which datafication and platformisation across Asia are both enabling and challenging, and their implications for rights, entitlements, and consumer welfare while highlighting recent legal and policy developments (in China, Pakistan, Singapore).

Details of the panel can be found here.

DRF Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline

Cyber Harassment Helpline now 7 Days a week

DRF's Cyber Harassment Helpline is now switching to 7 days a week. You can now call us on 0800-39393 Monday till Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

April Statistics

In April 2022 the Cyber Harassment Helpline received 195 complaints from across the country. The majority of the complaints received were by women of blackmail and sharing of NCUI (non-consensual use of information).

https://twitter.com/DigitalRightsPK/status/1524034023349276674?s=20&t=G_kS6ZgFnCJpPmyT8dknqA

IWF Portal

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk

StopNCII.org

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

https://stopncii.org/

 

May 10, 2022 - Comments Off on April Newsletter 2022: DRF launches Annual Report 2021

April Newsletter 2022: DRF launches Annual Report 2021

Policy Initiatives

DRF launched Annual Report 2021

DRF launched its annual report 2021 which is a summation of the work we have done over the year, the people helped, and the milestones we’ve achieved!

Link to annual report: https://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Annual-Report-2021.pdf

Policy Papers: Perspectives on Gendered Disinformation

DRF launched its anthology titled “Policy Papers: Perspectives on Gendered Disinformation” throughout March and April 2022. The research study, with contributions from 6 authors, is brings feminist perspectives from the Global South to the subject of disinformation. A must read for anyone interested in these subjects and the future of the internet!

The anthology/report can be accessed here.

DRF condemns arrests and harassment for online speech and dissent.

DRF released a statement condemning the arrests and harassment for online speech and dissent on political party workers. Read our full statement here.

DRF signed an MoU with Bali Memorial Trust

An MoU was signed between DRF and Bali Memorial Trust this week. This agreement is a formal recognition of a fruitful partnership in which both organizations will try their best to help each other to the best of their abilities with the services they can provide.

Online Campaigns

Phishing Scams

DRF shared an awareness-raising infographic on phishing scams and how they are becoming more and more common as the use of social media rises worldwide.

#WomenMakingWaves

DRF continued with its women making waves campaign and celebrated the feminist icon Asma Jahangir! Asma Jahangir left behind a legacy based on her work in human rights that is as powerful as it is inspiring!

Trainings’/Workshops

New Agendas for Data Justice

April 6. 2022

DRF took part in a panel discussion titled “New Agendas for Data Justice” hosted by the Alan Turing Institute to talk about its participation in the multi-country project on data justice.

Details of the panel can be found here.

Details of the data justice project can be accessed here.

Online Safety Workshop

April 18, 2022

DRF conducted a workshop with media professionals, particularly focusing on Urdu media, to build their understanding and capacity in using safe online practices to advance their work in digital journalism. The workshop was held in Lahore and was attended by 17 people in total.

Meeting with Ombudsperson:

April 12, 2022

DRF’s legal team had a meeting with the Ombudsperson (Punjab) and submitted proposed amendments to ‘The (Punjab) Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act’. During the meeting, the challenges faced by the survivors of sexual harassment at workplace were discussed. Moreover, the possibility of collaboration was considered.

Press/Media Coverage

Digital rights body receives 4,441 blackmailing complaints

DRF’s Cyber Harassment Helpline received 4441 blackmailing complaints in 2021 alone.

Read the full article here: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/952849-digital-rights-body-receives-4-441-blackmailing-complaints

Civil Liberties Groups Urge Social Media Platforms to Better Protect Free Flow of Information in Crisis Zones

DRF signed a statement with other civil liberties groups on how Russia's invasion of Ukraine underscores the need to plan for emergencies and treat all crisis zones even-handedly.

Read the full statement here:

https://www.eff.org/press/releases/human-rights-groups-urge-social-media-platforms-better-protect-free-flow-information

COVID19/Updates

Cyber Harassment Helpline

In March of 2022, the Cyber Harassment Helpline catered to 206 unique cases of online violence. The majority of the complaints received by our team were made by women. Callers on the helpline range from lawyers and journalists to members of minority groups, too.

You can reach out to us at 0800-39393 or helpdesk@digitalrightsfoundation.pk .

IWF Portal

DRF in collaboration with Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the Global Fund to End Violence Against Children launched a portal to combat children’s online safety in Pakistan. The new portal allows internet users in Pakistan to anonymously report child sexual abuse material in three different languages- English, Urdu, and Pashto.

www.report.iwf.org.uk/pk
StopNCII.org

Meta along with Revenge Porn Helpline (RPH) has launched a portal to support victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Image Abuse (NCII). NCII is a free portal for reporting cases of sensitive or sexual content existing online. Once you report a case, the necessary steps will be taken to block the images from the platform.

https://stopncii.org