Friday, March 10, 2006

Pakistan's Blog Ban; an Update

As readers of this blog will be aware, there's been an instance of blocking a large raft of blogs from being viewed by people in Pakistan.

The campaign to highlight this issue is being coordinated by Pakistanis in Pakistan. The central website for the "Don't Block the Block" campaign is at:

http://help-pakistan.com/main/dont-block-the-blog/

We at WikiPakistan have set up a supplemental site to help gather information, resources, etc. in one place and to provide any and all Internet users with the opportunity to contribute. The page is at:

http://pakistan.wikicities.com/wiki/Blog_Crackdown


There is also a page to track the status of filtering and blocking for specific Internet providers, which we hope will track the issue beyond the current ban on Blogspot.com:

http://pakistan.wikicities.com/wiki/Internet_Filter_Status

We've also started a page for more general Internet information about Pakistan at:

http://pakistan.wikicities.com/wiki/Internet

WikiPakistan, as mentioned before on this blog, is a relatively new Information Database about Pakistan, Pakistanis and the diaspora. The site is at http://pakistan.wikicities.com/ and background information can be seen at http://pakistan.wikicities.com/wiki/Pakistan:About . It is an open database that anyone can edit and is developed under a Free Document License. Contributors are encouraged to click on the "Create an account or log in" link in the top righthand corner of every page and create an account. You do not need to provide any personal information. The pages related to the Earthquake are still live and can be seen and edited at http://pakistan.wikicities.com/wiki/Earthquake_10-05

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