In a shocking display of arrogance, the Pakistan government has placed an ad (see picture) in the 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 – thank you!). Help persuade other firms to urgently follow suit before the bidding deadline this Friday. Add your name here calling upon Bluecoat, Huawei, McAfee, Netsweeper, ZTE, and all local bidders to refuse to play a role in putting up the walls of censorship. 15,709 have signed the petition. Help us get to 20,000.
And please also sign the petition calling on Pakistan’s National Assembly, Ministry of Finance, Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister to uphold and deliver their pledge for democracy and to instruct the Ministry of IT to respect our call not to spend millions of dollars on this technology - Pakistan: Stop The Firewall!