20 Million Silenced?

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UPDATE: After weeks of overwhelming pressure, the Pakistani IT Ministry is reportedly halting its plan to build a national firewall, which would have censored some 20 million internet users in Pakistan. 

Go here to read one of the letters we delivered to the CEOs. And here is the letter we sent to the Pakistani government.

Just like that, 20 million internet users in Pakistan could be censored.

In a shocking display of arrogance, the Pakistani government has put an ad (above) in their national papers asking for IT companies to help them build a national Chinese-style censorship firewall.

At least four western IT companies have already said they won't participate (Websense, Cisco, Verizon, and Sandvine). Now we need you to help persuade other firms to urgently follow suit before the bidding deadline. Add your name here calling upon Blue Coat, Huawei, McAfee, Netsweeper, ZTE, and all local bidders to refuse to play a role in putting up the walls of censorship.

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Dear CEOs of Bluecoat, Huawei, McAfee, Netsweeper, ZTE, and executives of all other bidding corporations,

A national firewall in Pakistan would censor 20 million of its citizens, and would inflict serious harm to its business, cultural, and educational communities. We urge you to publicly denounce the project and commit to not submitting proposals to build this outrageous censorship system.


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