VPN registration means stifling free speech and access to information

VPN registration means stifling free speech and access to information

Media Category: Blog
Media Organization: Freelance
By: WaleedTariq89

With populist leaders and their online troll armies seeking to spread disinformation, and authorities cutting off access to online information, global internet freedom seems to be going downhill.

Like many other countries, even Pakistan – a country with 67 million broadband connections – continues blocking websites. But it is not just limited to explicit content; the list also includes social, cultural, and political web pages.

The only way that anyone can access these websites is through a Virtual Private Network or VPN, a proxy, or a buffer that allows access.

But in its typically officious way, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked its users to have their VPNs registered by June 30 or else action will be taken for “terminating illegal traffic which causes loss to the national exchequer.”

To know more about VPNs, their legal status and if the PTA move is justified, Voicepk.net interviewed Simon Migliano, head of research at Top10VPN.com.

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