Sunday, December 26, 2010

Governments dominate the Internet Governance Forum Improvements Working Group by CSTD

This is the final report by the Chair of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology Internet Governance Forum Working Group here:

On page 2 of articles 8 - 9, the report states that:

“The Chair of the CSTD establishes  a Working Group of 15 member states plus the five member states which  hosted the IGF meetings plus the two member states which hosted WSIS.  This Working Group will seek, compile, and review inputs from all member states and all other stakeholders on improvement of the Internet Governance Forum, in an open and inclusive manner throughout the process.

The Chair invites the following stakeholders to interactively participate in the
Working Group, bearing in mind the established rules of procedure of the
ECOSOC, who will remain fully engaged throughout the process:

Pursuant to the ECOSOC decisions 2010/226, 2010/227, and 2010/228, maximum possible assistance, diversity of ideas, and equal representation of stakeholders from developing and developed countries in the Working Group should be ensured in consultation with the stakeholders.

The report of this Working Group will be adopted by consensus.”

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Is the United Nations taking over the Internet? No way and how-to get the facts right!

Emblem of the United Nations. Color is #d69d36...Image via Wikipedia

Within the recent Internet Governance debates, I have been amazed, bewildered, disappointed and confused by the way things have flipped and slipped out of the hands of various stakeholders over a bit of gossip and disoriented discussions triggered after the United Nations led consultations on Enhanced Cooperation and Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum once the mandate is renewed.

These closed intergovernmental working group meetings resulted in media reports claiming that the United Nations could take over the Internet or was attempting to regulate it which was more or less a bunch of ho as there are working groups talking about it in intergovernmental silos without full multistakeholder participation and these governments at the moment have little or no power to do so. They may only have some capability to regulate the IGF at the most and from my experience, the governments lack participation within the IGF and the ones that do so are not representatives of all the governments of the globe.
The handful governments that have suddenly shown up in these consultations are mostly representatives of permanent missions of various countries appearing at the UN offices in New York and Geneva. Most of them are the ones that I have never seen participating within any IGF open consultation or the global forum itself held each year.What does this mean? It means these are the usual Proxy attendees! The suited booted folks that sit in for other folks that would sit in for others and so on. No experts, no Internet gurus, no one actually trained to deal with Internet related public policy issues, mostly political appointees that will soon be sent off to other countries as part of their career foreign diplomat postings. The ones that have Internet related experience are mostly the ones with representatives present and taking part in the discussions held within the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) and most of the Open Consultations held three times a year in Geneva.

One thing for sure that the IGF has no powers to interfere or stimulate any Internet policy whether global, regional or at any country level. It remains a fact that despite there are a lot of discussions in IGF main sessions and workshops around Internet related issues prevailing within developing and developed countries including topics concerning anything from Internet public policy, access to openness, security, critical Internt resources, Internet Governance for Development, cybercrime, cross-border information sharing, child protection, human rights, information intermediaries, ICANN, ITU and so forth, the forum is just a space with the mission for encouraging  "discuss," "facilitate," "advise," "identify," "promote and assess." and thats about all that happens there. There is no power in this system. Its not even a fully developed system.

A process that has no International Treaty or Multilateral Negotiated Agreement to mandate the provision of power to regulate or control anything to any body including the United Nations cannot do anything and such is the IGF today despite all the Enhanced Cooperation facilitated by as many working groups meetings and negotiations that can ever happen.

I have a very simple way of viewing the world. I see things by examples. Show me a basic example where these governments have agreed on one common principle of human understanding and respect?

If I just look at what the world including UN member country governments have done so far with recognizing and implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that  was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948, I wouldn't worry at all about the same folks trying to control the Internet.

They cannot do it. They could not sit together to accept, recognize and implement the UDHR throughout these 62 years and we see them everyday continuing to violate basic human rights throughout the world in virtually every country and still someone would expect people to believe that today they would sit together and discuss and agree together to control the Internet? Yeah, right! Really, this is totally hilarious! Thumbs up to all the media that reported all this UN domination of the Internet news in the first place, you folks really don't follow developments in the Internet Governance world as you used to, right?

In my personal opinion, I see the Internet to have been built by human beings, not governments. Human beings continue to build and use the Internet today, and yes, its a result of sheer human intelligence and human potential. I would like to point you to what one of the father's of the Internet, that is, Vint Cerf, recently said on his blog while fuming over these UN working group proceedings here that:

"The beauty of the Internet is that it’s not controlled by any one group. Its governance is bottoms-up—with academics, non-profits, companies and governments all working to improve this technological wonder of the modern world. This model has not only made the Internet very open—a testbed for innovation by anyone, anywhere—it's also prevented vested interests from taking control." - Vint Cerf.

This disappointing and confidence shattering move by the United Nation's Commission on Science and Technology (CSTD) has been severely condemned by the Internet Governance Caucus of Civil Society Organizations (IGC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and tons of other organizations resulting in the publishing and forwarding of a joint letter here to the United Nations and Chair of the CSTD as well as an online petition here to mobilize global opposition and to send a message to the CSTD  ensure that Internet governance remains open and inclusive.

All these stakeholders have joined hands to ask the Secretary-General of the United Nations to set up a working group on Internet governance, in an open and inclusive process that ensures a mechanism for the full and active participation of governments, the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries, involving relevant intergovernmental and international organizations and forums, to investigate and make proposals for action. I believe in and support this call as the IGF was set-up as a multistakholeder driven forum and not an intergovernmental setting.

In response to this joint letter, Mr. Fédéric Riehl, the Chair of this silo working group responded that:

“Thank you for your mails in which you express your concern about the decision on the composition of the Working Group of the Chair of the CSTD on IGF improvement.

First of all, please let me correct you in the following: The meeting on Dec 6 was not a meeting of the Bureau of the CSTD, but it was a meeting to which all members of the CSTD were invited. Attached you find a summary of this meeting which has now been made publicly available on the CSTD website ( As you can see in this summary, there was a very clear majority in that meeting that led to the decision which was taken.

What the meeting of Dec. 17 in Geneva is concerned, this meeting is a part of the CSTD intersessional meeting and will be open not only to the members of the CSTD, but also to other states and to civil society and business representatives who have been accredited to WSIS. For other business entities not accredited to WSIS but wish to participate, please get in touch with the CSTD secretariat for further information.”

Despite the above letter, we currently stand at the following text and structure reported by one of the participants from ICANN present at the working group meeting on 17th of December 2010:

"Final Text:

The Chair of the CSTD establishes a Working Group of 15 member states plus the five member states which hosted the IGF meetings plus the two member states which hosted WSIS. This Working Group will seek, compile, and review inputs from all member states and all other stakeholders on improvement of the Internet Governance Forum in an open and inclusive manner throughout the process

The Chair invites the following stakeholders to interactively participate in the Working Group, bearing in mind the the established rules of procedure of the ECOSOC, who will remain fully engaged throughout the process:
  • 5 Business community
  • 5 Civil society
  • 5 Technical and academic community
  • 5 Intergovernmental organizations
Pursuant to the ECOSOC decisions 2010 226, 2010 22, and 2010 228, maximum possible assistance, the diversity of ideas, and the equal representation of stakeholders from developing and developed countries in the Working Group should be ensured in consultation with the stakeholders.

The report of this Working Group will be adopted by consensus."

So much for multistakeholderism and the approach of having 5 people from a stakeholder group as representatives of all the voices of Internet users, consumers, producers and surfers from all the continents and countries of the world.

It can be noted for future reference that the IGF has so far met five times around the globe from Athens, Rio de Janeiro, Hyderabad, Sharm El Sheikh, this year within Vilnius but it has never been allowed to share messages, give recommendations or facilitate any kind of policy formulation for the control, regulation and .governance of the global Internet. It also remains as a factual message to both the United Nations and the governments that they should all ensure an Open and Inclusive Approach to Internet Governance and stop day dreaming about controlling it!

The CSTD literally has no powers. It can talk and talk making resolutions but there are hardly any substantial proof of outputs from this forum. I have been there, I have given a speech there last year to a full forum that originally had come to believing that Mobile Phone Technology was the best thing that ever happened to the world giving them all their citizenry all the basic facilities of life etc and I must say, these CSTD folks really have to get their act together and understand what Multistakeholderism is and what it really means to the world and IGF stakeholders.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Google Election Center and the Election 2010 results

Image representing Google as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBase

Search engines like also played their part in the November 2, 2010 elections and election results by deploying a few tools that made it easier to gather voting information. For example, when anyone searched on Google for [polling place] or [where to vote], user's were returned a search box to help them find their polling place, candidates, and local election office and they could type in the home address where they were registered to vote. These features were provided under Google's "Google Election Center", an experimental service that lets election officials provide data directly to Google resulting in the creation of various search tools. The facility also allowed anyone with a website to provide this same functionality by embedding the open source Election Center gadget on their sites, or using the gadget code or API to build their own.

Mobile or Cellular Driven Democracy Anyone?

Photo of my new BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphoneImage via Wikipedia

There is an interesting discussion underway at the Pakistan Telecom Grid Community on the possible use of Blackberry services by the government (to read the discussion visit here) and the discussion is getting more interesting by the second. Why, well the first thing I feel is that we don't have that educated or aware lot in our parliament that would know how to access their email messages or use facebook to connect with their stakeholders or voters. Yes, they can make calls, anyone is able to do that with out a literacy level requirement, isn't owning a handset the first step to being able to dial a number!

As far is RIM Research In Motion's Blackberry is concerned in terms of its regulation, its just a paranoia as there are a multitude of other methods used by people that want to do unlawful activity. For example, Credit Card fraud being the largest in the world is not done 100% online. Instead, the percentage of offline fraud is far more greater than that using the Internet.

These are only regulatory controls that have seen to be going paranoid and nuts all across the globe in an attempt to gain more control of the network due to its social and economic dynamics and impact. Its like someone or something slipping for under the noses of the regulator that they are trying to overcome.

If you watch recent Hollywood flicks like the American etc, you will see how the cell phone is disposed off as it is now very commonly understood that there are facilities to trace and trackback on mobile and wireless networks.

Using Blackberry's is one thing, it may be useful to help challenge the status quo from elitism to going and being 24/7 accessible and accountable to citizens using Mobile, Messaging, Email and the Internet by our representatives in the parliament and assemblies?

Mobile/Cellular Driven Democracy anyone?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day 2010 - Where can you vote? Online?

LAFAYETTE, CA - OCTOBER 20:  Voter registratio...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
So as the US elections are underway, the most interesting internet searches have been around "Where can I vote?". So just for research interests, I also followed the same search phrases to explore where and how one could vote online but so far I came across this:
  1. Can I Vote? | Find Out If You Are Registered to Vote
    This nonpartisan web site was created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go vote.
  2. Polling Place Finder
    In most states, people must be registered in order to vote. Locating their polling place does not mean they are registered to vote. To confirm your registration, head down to
  3. 44 - Where do I vote?
    Polling locations and other election day
    Figuring out where to vote, finding out who the candidates are and trying to sift some facts from fiction. Here are answers to some of the ...
  4. Polling Place Finder
    Your Polling Place (where you vote, map & directions); Districts for your precinct (including maps); "Candidates on My Ballot".

Election Day 2010 and Vote 2010

Oregon Voters' Pamphlet, May 2008 Primary elec...Image via Wikipedia
Well the election day and voting day both are near for the US citizens again and I was interested in learning how they go about learning online about whether they can vote or not or access information regarding their voting eligibility. I read an interesting article by Seth Godin titled Voting, Misunderstood here that pointed out that about only 40% of eligible voters will be voting possibly because campaigners are discouraging voters to negative advertising. Well that's an interesting observation as he says:

"Political TV advertising is designed to do only one thing: suppress the turnout of the opponent's supporters. If the TV ads can turn you off enough not to vote ("they're all bums") then their strategy has succeeded."

But I liked what he says in end that

“Even if you’re disgusted, vote. Vote for your least unfavorite choice. But go vote!”

That would be definitely for the citizens of any country because not using your right to vote is an acceptance that you may not hold value in your society that you don't wish to improve through the power to vote!!!

RSS - The most powerful tool keeping the Internet open

RSSImage via Wikipedia
RSS (usually termed as Really Simple Syndication) is a technology devised of open  web feed formats used to publish frequently updated online information resulting from blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video a recognizable and standardized format. RSS is exchanged in the form of RSS documents that include summaries or full texts as feeds, web feeds and/or channels also carrying metadata comprising of but not limited to publishing dates and authorship of the content being syndicated online.

Web feeds benefit online content producers by letting them syndicate content automatically all across the web and that can be accessed through all sorts of hardware devices that can connect to the Internet. RSS benefits readers that can subscribe to regular updates from their favourite online content sources. They can also  aggregate feeds from many online conetent sources into a single place.

RSS software and web based RSS Reader applications like Feed Readers and Aggregator's help access and read  RSS feeds which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. RSS is enabled through the use of an open standard like XML file format allowing information to be published once and viewed by many different programs all over the World Wide Web. Anyone using these applications can subscribe to a feed through entering into the reader the feed's URI or by clicking an RSS icon in a web browser that enables  subscription and then the RSS reader regularly checks subscribed feeds that the user added regularly for new content and then downloads any updates that it can find. These RSS Readers also provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds.

As a content producer and editor, I continue to believe in the power of RSS to be a very strong foundation software for today's World Wide Web providing the ability to bypass many content filtering and content restriction platforms. It also enables content exchanges underneath the Web fabric facilitated by the Internet allowing us, the human beings that use the Internet to produce and share content without restriction!

ICANN about to get over gTLD delays - Publishes Time for New gTLDs Launch!

icann-newtld-hkImage by Charles Mok via Flickr
ICANN seems to be getting nearer to launching the highly anticipated new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program that will enable interested parties acquire their very own gTLDs such as .YourBrands. ICANN convened a special meeting of its Board of Directors on October 28th last week and resulted in the adoption of an updated new gTLD timeline was adopted as a working plan.

In lieu of this action, ICANN has launched a new Adopted Workplan available here as the Launch Scenario indicating that the possible gTLD Applicant Guidebook will be declared as final go at the up comming December 2010 ICANN Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.

If this gTLD Applicant Guidebook gets an approval from the ICANN Board during this meeting, the final changes are expected to be implemented as directed and the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook will be posted publicly in January 2011.
ICANN will then carry out a 4 month communication campaign initiating the New gTLD Application Period on May 31st, 2011.

ICANN stakeholders are still sceptical about the much anticipated launch as Elisa Cooper on CircleID suggests that the actual approval for New gTLD Applications will not occur until the March 2011 meeting in San Francisco and thus the Application Period would not begin until Fall 2011 but still parties are being encouraged regardless of when the Application Period begins in 2011, they should plan their application and objection strategies in earnest before the year's end.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pakistan to ban + shutdown for 24hrs as a protest tonight at 12am

13.48% of Pakistani Internet Users will not be able to access starting at 12am tonight on 20th of May 2010 till 22nd of May 2010 as a Pakistani Court in Lahore has ordered ban on and the nation's Internet users have mixed feelings with many appalled resorting to numerous online debates and protests churning out a burst on the Internet. Some Internet service providers have ended up blocking the website completely.

* Note: Please read below the news and then the following comments from my investigation into the Ban on the current situation of the Ban.


According to Al-jazeera:
A Pakistani court has issued a ban on the social networking site Facebook after a user-generated contest page encourged members to post caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.
The Lahore High Court on Wednesday instructed the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to ban the site after the Islamic Lawyers Movement complained that a page called “Draw Mohammed Day” is blasphemous. Sajjad Chaudhry, the presiding judge, instructed officials with the ministry of telecommunications to submit a written reply to the ban by May 31 when courts will open a detailed hearing on the case. A ban is to be enforced in the meantime. "We have already blocked the URL link and issued instruction to internet service providers,” Khurram Mehran, a spokesperson for the PTA, said. About 20 people carried banners outside of courthouse in Lahore, condemning Facebook and praising Prophet Mohammed. Protest: Lawyers also petitioned the Pakistani government to register a strong protest with Facebook’s owners. "The competition has hurt the sentiments of the Muslims," lawyer Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali said. Facebook users in Pakistan, however, told AFP they could still access the site after the ban was imposed on Wednesday. Officials with the Pakistani government told the court they had already blocked Facebook pages relating to the competition, but the lawyers group argued that no part of a site can be banned unless the entire site is blocked. Pakistan has 45 million Facebook users, according to lawyers. The Facebook page for "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" had just over 40,000 supporters while the opposing "Against Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" had more than 53,000.

According to the National Daily Times of Pakistan Reports:\05\19\story_19-5-2010_pg13_6
LHC issues notice to PTA on plea to ban Facebook
LAHORE: Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority secretary to reply until Wednesday (today), on a petition seeking a ban on Facebook, which is holding a competition of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Islamic Lawyers Movement filed the petition through Chaudhry Zulfiqar advocate, who stated that a competition was announced on Facebook on April 20 which would continue until May 20, asking all the members of the website to create their caricatures to participate in the competition. Zulfiqar said under the law no practice against Islam could be allowed in the country. He told the court that the website, having various features against the injunctions of Islam, is banned in various countries. Zulfiqar submitted that there were 45 million users of Facebook in Pakistan, adding that the PTA was responsible for its spread in Pakistan. He said the PTA has already blocked various websites in the country but was reluctant to ban Facebook. He said students and various segments of the society have already started protests in the country, which could be harmful for the public property. He requested the court to issue directions to PTA to put an immediate ban on the use of Facebook in the Pakistan. staff report

According to Daily DAWN Newspaper Staff Reporter on Wednesday, 19 May, 2010:
LAHORE, May 18: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued notice to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on a petition seeking ban on Facebook, an international social networking website, in the country for holding a blasphemous competition of drawing caricatures of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).  Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry issued notice for Wednesday (today) on the petition filed by Ch Zulfikar advocate of Islamic Lawyers Forum. The petitioner-lawyer submitted that on the Facebook a competition was announced on April 20 last, which would continue till May 20.  He said in the competition the members of the website were invited to draw caricatures of the Holy Prophet. He said Article 2-A of the Constitution restricted any practice against the religion in the country. He said the website having various features against the injunctions of Islam had already been banned in various Islamic countries. He pointed out that China, United Arab Emirates, Iran and Saudi Arabia had already imposed a ban on the website. The lawyer said the PTA had already blocked various blasphemous and contemptuous websites in the country but was reluctant to ban Facebook. He sought directions for PTA to put an immediate ban on the use of Facebook in Pakistan.


Mixed reactions are being generated from all corners of the country by Internet users and stakeholders. To name a few groups to read and follow:

  1. ProPakistani (292 Comments):
  2. ProPakistani Draw Day: Why Facebook is Culprit and How Best to React?
  3. Telecom Grid Pakistan:
  4. Society Against Internet Censorship in Pakistan:
  5. Blogger News Network:


I have been probing into the matter and from what I have gathered until now that the Secretary IT and PTA have instructed the PIE to shut down for 24 hours as a national protest from Pakistan. will be inaccessible starting tonight 12am for 24 hours. remains to be the 3rd most accessed website from Pakistan according to Alexa URL: and the total number of users of from Pakistan stand at: 2,359,620 which is 0.51% of's percentage of Global Audience according to Check Facebook URL:

With a major level of communications by Pakistani's happening on Facebook, it cannot be shut down permanently and I am sure the govt is well aware of those implications that will be triggered as a result of it. BBC also reports a temporary Facebook shut down

Though this whole matter may turn into an international violation of freedom of expression etc, the authorities may feel that this sudden jolt might show their protest to be substantial which again stands questionable by the majority of Facebook users from Pakistan. Let's see what happens and what is the impact of this ban on the Pakistani users.

I am monitoring the Pakistan issue closely and you may contact me for any information on what's happening so far!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bringing Urdu based Local Content and Knowledge Online for the Internet & Mobile/iPad platforms

I seek ideas from my readers and support for this effort so please read on and blog about it and share it with others as well contributing where ever and however you can.

The Issue at Hand:
Our actions reflect our attitudes portraying local content as a critical factor of our culture and an attitude that portrays our future  as well as the technology culture that prevails here. A key pressing issue with relevance to both the local Internet and Mobile Technology scenario in Pakistan has been availability of local content and making the local content widely accessible to the community at large across Pakistan and the entire world using a variety of currently available technology platforms.

As an initial effort to find a possible solution to the problem of local content availability in Urdu Language, we are attempting to bring some valuable information and knowledge in the form of local content to a broad Urdu Language fluent, reading, speaking, writing community online where I am teaming up with friends who are adding considerable critical value to solving this issue that prevails in the Pakistani and global Urdu online world and converged ICT environments.

Online Urdu Encyclopaedia 
(Being Multi-platform available with Converged Content)

We are embarking upon a project (in requirements research phase with content completely available in local language) to introduce online (through) the Internet and Mobile Platforms as well as Tablet Platforms (iPhone, ipad and Android) and pre-flashed (ROM) Netbooks/Low-Cost Laptops, a full length, locally written Urdu
Encyclopaedia (completed/compiled/edited by our Writer Team Member who developed it from 100 self written Urdu material-over 10 years) over an overwhelming long period of four plus years consisting of 2.5
Million Words (25 Lac), 25020 Pages, 7000 Images, 2 Volumes (typed on A4 page settings). It comprises of 17000 knowledge and information entries searchable by an index.

This Urdu Encyclopaedia will be further transcribed into Urdu Language Audio with the availability of Video based content that describes the content in its full length and true nature to accommodate users. The output of this project is multi-fold in terms of the content accessibility and delivery options we are planning to churn out as deliverables. It will create a converged environment overtime for presenting updated knowledge that is usable through reading, listening and visuals for both social and economic awareness, education, knowledge application in various fields, higher education, competitive exams, expert resources and endless Urdu language options.

We are currently working with a team of volunteers including the writer, researching the various technical/non-technical issues and options involved as well as the feasibility. We are planning to go forward with Free & Open Source Software technology platforms with an exception of iPhone/iPad Apple Software Development Kits. The content will be available globally under a Creative Commons Licence as well as indexed in the International Library Catalogues with a standardized code facility that is usually freely available. Possible content management technology platforms are Media Wiki or Drupal CMS.

This enormous project requires a great deal of initial human effort, local content conversion (specifications of the content already given) to be presentable through various platforms, various technical expertise, equipment and financial support to become a true reality and we are at the tip of this iceberg but we know it is achievable
otherwise I would not have shared it here. There will be an integrated promotional campaign for both offline and online awareness of the availability with the team members moving about most of the cities, districts and rural regions introducing this facility.

This project will not be a one time activity but will enable us to send into the online space 100 publications by the same Writer and Author plus other latest publications that require translation into Urdu. The first role out of the initial alphabetically indexed content is expected this year. The other publication that I am sponsoring is a freely downloadable/printable/compiled book on Wireless Networking in Urdu with an associated content website.

Initial Immediate Requirements - Please Contribute Now!

* We are still attempting it but would love to welcome, present and acknowledge our supporters, sponsors and contributors from this initial point onwards whether individuals, groups or organizations:

  1. Making available the Encyclopaedia through SMS search with Ufone, Telenor, China Mobile, Warid, V-PTCL, Worldcall 
  2. Apple iPad Membership Support to get the SDK and associated development instructions from
  3. Apple iPad - Qty: 2 when it is launched next month for testing and distribution of Urdu Encyclopaedia for iPad 
  4. Amazon Kindle - Qty: 2 we can't download its SDK or PC Simulator either since you can't access those from Pakistan 
  5. Sponsored Cloud Space for a minimum of 5 years for full completion of the project (plus associated 99 projects) with an affirmation of commitment to continue the project for its content life? 
  6. Financial Sponsors/Small Supporters/Contributions/Donations from established Local Entrepreneurs and Overseas Pakistani IT/ICT Community, Local Public Sector ICT Organizations and Corporate Sector contributors such as Telecom Operators, P@SHA, PSEB, Universal Service Fund etc. 
  7. Suggestions for conversion of thousands of Urdu Inpage Software Text files to simplified text or standardized Web Fonts.
  8. Suggestions for creating an online searchable index
  9. Volunteers for constituting an Advisory Committee, Out Reach and Awareness Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, Sponsorship Committee, Local Content Expert Group etc.

Thanking you in advance for any feedback ahead of time and hope to be in contact with some of you soon to receive or share information.