LUMS IIS Roundtable to be Held in Islamabad
Photos by: Wajiha Khuwaja
LUMS Initiative on Internet and Society (IIS) under its Internet and Law banner has scheduled the second part of the Roundtable on Freedom of Speech on the Internet and its limitations
Date: September 24, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue: Jinnah Institute, House 4, St 36, F-6/1Islamabad, Pakistan
About the Roundtable Conference
As Pakistan is struggling with its stance on Freedom on the Internet, LUMS IIS under its Internet and Law banner is going to take its efforts forward into exploring and discussing, the state of internet, free speech, its liabilities and benefits in Pakistan.
In a situation where the government is trying to apply censorship standards, that are quite random than the free speech constitutional standards that we have in democracies like Pakistan; Or in the light of several recent events in Pakistan where the Government was allegedly under pressure to block website (such as the blocking of You Tube that took place while the part 1 of the Roundtable was taking place at LUMS on September 17, 2012 - due to the recently released Blasphemous video) - in some cases their responding to censorship requests by authoritarian regimes that do not reflect consent of the governed. Should governments have the jurisdiction over many or most internet users in the country?
Stakeholders of the discussion on Free Speech on the Internet are expected to attend and contribute into exploring the boundaries and opportunities involved in cyber space. In order to explore the idea of what can be done to strategise un-exploitable use of internet; LUMS IIS will gather lawyers, activists, academics, journalists, advisors and consultants to civil society, internet technologists and other stakeholders of speech on Internet. The discussion will focus on internet law and policies; its debated, stakes and opportunities will be highlighted. Eventually a possible framework will be put forward.