Posted on July 2, 2009
The 10 Million Dollar Screwup: PTA F*cks the Internet

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) spent 10 Million US Dollars (that’s right folks — that’s 80 Crore Ruppees of your and mine tax money) to install Narus, a tool that provides ‘real time traffic intelligence’.

In a country where foreign agencies operate their own safehouses and dungeons, it is ironic to whine about one’s privacy on the Internet. As Paul Zimmerman wrote, if privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy. So why not become an ‘outlaw’ just for beating NARUS and its ‘traffic intelligence’. I’ll be discussing the techniques to evade NARUS’s traffic intelligence techiques later in one of my postings. The question here is about one’s individual freedom and liberty.

No one other than one’s own self can be allowed to regulate one’s behaviour. I believe that if I am browsing the Internet then any entity other than myself has no right to know what I’m doing on the internet.