Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan- Events

We organize range of research seminars, lectures, training’s and conferences relating to the Internet; the majority open to the public. Please register for a place by contacting us.

Upcoming Events 2017 

Conference on Net Neutrality in Pakistan

Golden Age of Surveillance

Drone Warfare and Public Perception in Pakistan

Military Propaganda Machine and What is Social Media telling us?

Past Events 

National Security and Cyber Operations

June 27, 2015

Quetta Club Limited

On 27th June 2015, Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan held an event for a discussion on economic espionage, protecting national assets in the digital age, and cyber-based security threats for Pakistan. The aim of the event was to highlight to bureaucrats, civil servants and law enforcement agencies on the upcoming challenges on Cyber front and requirement for building a resilient internet infrastructure in the country.

Privacy and Surveillance

June 14, 2015

Quetta Serena Hotel

On 14th June 2015, Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan held a session to discuss the right balance between privacy of Internet users and legitimate surveillance of unlawful activities? Where does Pakistan stand in the surveillance and privacy debate after Edward Snowden revelations? The purpose of this session was to review the state of play of mass surveillance in Pakistan and to tackle the issue of privacy violations.


Fighting Cyber Crime alone or through International Partnerships

June 04, 2015

Pearl Continental Karachi

On 4th June 2015, Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan held a session to educate participants on learning how cybercrime is committed, combated, and prevented. Cybercriminals are often at the forefront of innovation. This presents particular challenges for law enforcement officials in the fight against cybercrime. This session discussed how law enforcement tackles cybercrime and how international instruments are an essential enabler of their work.

Erasing the Past

May 29, 2015

Pearl Continental Karachi

On May 29th 2015, Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan organized an event at Pearl Continental Karachi to discuss one’s irrelevant past. The recent judgment on the right to be forgotten has driven hundreds of users to file requests with Google for the removal of certain information from search results. To what extent can one’s past be erased? Is Google the ultimate judge? Or freedom of expression and Press Freedom is still relevant. What criteria is being used? How effective is this procedure? Can users’ right to be forgotten ever be enforced in an absolute manner?

Internet Connection and Access Costs

May 23, 2015

Marriot Hotel Karachi

On May 23, 2015, Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan organized an event to discuss factors that come into play in internet access, including the cost of laying internet connections, physical control over access to the connections, and ‘last mile’ costs. While access costs have decreased in the past few years, consumers – especially in rural areas – are still required to pay hefty prices. Why are prices still high? What or who is influencing the prices? Government? Industry players? Our Director and Founder Arzak Khan discusses the issue of access and what steps should be taken to connect the next billion.

Introduction to Internet Politics 

May 15, 2015

Islamabad Club

On May 15, 2015, Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan organized an event for Islamabad based Diplomats on Internet governance (IG) and other Internet related policy fields (e.g. telecommunications, human rights, cyber security and trade). While improving their knowledge of internet politics, participants also gained the practical skills and knowledge required to follow actual IG processes.

Stakeholder’s Conference on Internet Governance in Pakistan 

May 9, 2015


On May 09, 2015 Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan held a very important and timely stakeholder’s conference on Internet Governance in Pakistan. The event was attended by industry experts, civil society, non profit organization, researchers, academia, governmental representatives and young internet users. The aim of the event was to discuss the situation of internet governance in Pakistan including the notorious Electronic Crimes Prevention Bill 2015, broadband access, privacy and mass surveillance.

Civil Society Conference on Electronic Crime Prevention Bill 2015 

May 2, 2015

Quetta Club Limited

On 2nd May 2015, Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan held a civil society conference on the recently passed legislation of Electronic Crimes Prevention Bill 2015. The aim of the event was to highlight the privacy concerns over the legislation and build public awareness and support towards this draconian bill of mass surveillance.

Cyber Warfare is a Reality 

March 20, 2015

Quetta Club Limited

Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan had organized an informal talk by a leading thinker and veteran from Pakistan Army Brig. Sajjad Hussain having extensive expertise in overseeing Cyber Warfare operations and project management of critical national infrastructures. The aim of the talk was to provide the history of cyber warfare, the public perception of it, the reality and challenges we face from the abuse of the internet during armed conflicts. The talk also touched upon issues such as potential human cost of cyber warfare and international laws that provided protection to civilian population against cyber-attacks and ended upon touching the policy silos in Cyber Warfare.

Policing the Internet. How Content is Regulated Online

March 02, 2015

University of Balochistan 

On 2nd March 2015 Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan hosted an event on Policing the Internet and how content online is being regulated in Pakistan. Briefly introducing the event Director iPOP spoke about the history of the internet and its influence to shape public perception along with the revelations of NSA contractor Edward Snowden on mass surveillance and introduction of new forms of content regulation (removing, blocking, filtering content and users) that’s being adopted by governments around the world and its impact on the internet. The panel discussion focused on various perspective that highlighted the policy issues for furthering mass filtering and blocking content of the internet in the country.

Past Events 2014 

Women’s Privacy and Security on Social Media

22nd  November, 2014

Quetta Serena Hotel

Digital security and privacy practices are becoming essential for everyone living life on social media. The threat is far greater for women in our community. Women who are vocal and visible in their communities experience varying levels of hostility, abuse and violence online. Not only are their public profiles threatened, but their emotional and mental well-being as well. These kinds of online violence violate women’s right to freedom of expression.

Building on our work training on digital security and supporting women digital rights Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan is organizing a training program to help develop the skills in managing digital security and privacy online and offline.

Geneva Internet Conference

18-19  November, 2014

The Geneva Internet Conference (GIC) will address critical issues, gaps, and future developments in Internet governance (IG) and digital politics. The conference will provide a neutral and inclusive space for debates as it paves the way to 2015, building on the main events and developments in 2014, including announcement of the transition of the IANA oversight of Internet functions, NETmundial and the Internet Governance Forum.

Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan has organized a remote hub for participation at this very important conference and all participants are invited to attend the event.

Online Safety, Data Protection and Privacy 

14th October, 2014

Quetta Club Limited, Quetta

Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan is organizing the event to focus on online safety, data protection and privacy, this event will give the opportunity for our delegates and attendees to discuss these critical issues and exchange ideas, opinions, strategies and priorities.

Internet Jurisdiction Symposium 

10-11th September, 2014

Aberystwyth University

This conference investigates the sharpening conflict between national law and state sovereignty on the one hand, and global online communications on the other hand. We appear to be at the brink of a potentially drastic transformation of the Internet into a much more territorially fragmented space, consisting of a number of separate, yet overlapping national and regional networks. Even European leaders are investigating the possibility of a European-only communication network, strongly reminiscent of China’s approach to online governance. The Westphalian model of state sovereignty is fighting back – but at what cost and what are the alternatives?

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