September 29, 2023

Pakistan in 2022 remained among the many world’s worst performers when it comes to web entry and digital governance, claims a report titled “Pakistan’s Web Panorama 2022”. The report launched by human rights and advocacy organisation Bytes For All claims to take a look at the connection between human rights and data and communication applied sciences within the nation final yr.

“By way of web entry and total governance, Pakistan made some good points, however within the context of the world, the nation stays among the many worst performers, even inside simply Asia,” based on the report. In accordance with the report, Pakistan ranked final out of twenty-two international locations in Asia total, and 79 globally throughout the important thing indicators of availability, affordability, relevance and readiness.

What ails: Gender hole and lack of inclusivity
The report highlights that regardless of a rise in web penetration, roughly 15 per cent of the inhabitants nonetheless lacked entry to the web and cell or telecom providers.

“Add to this an absence of inclusivity and digital literacy, one of many greatest world gender gaps in entry and a wrestle to remain on-line as a result of load-shedding and blackouts introduced on by an power disaster and catastrophic floods, and a dismal image emerges,” it stated. “An enormous gender hole in each web entry and cell phone entry for females was famous as a serious situation within the nation,” within the report.

“In abstract, Pakistan had the widest gender hole in cell possession of all international locations surveyed with simply half of girls proudly owning a cell phone, as in comparison with over 75 per cent of males,” it acknowledged.

‘Digital Pakistan’ nonetheless stays a pipe dream
The report additional stated that whereas each the federal and provincial governments launched quite a few on-line initiatives, the momentum for a ‘Digital Pakistan’ has made little progress.

It additionally stated that cybercrime in Pakistan noticed a gentle rise, with over 100,000 complaints registered by December 2022, marking the best quantity within the final 5 years.


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