Western Media has gone crazy with heroic news stories portraying superlative character of security companies, such as Cisco, Mcafee, Websense, Verizin and Sandvine – who have decided not to submit proposals for upcoming centralized URL filtering systen of Pakistan.
This was really funny, for those at least who had few minutes to read the RFP floated by ICT R&D Fund.
Here’s why: Check below highlighted text taken from RFP for National URL Filtering System:
So the tip for the best technology journalists and bloggers of west: Please spare few minutes and read RFP carefully. These humongous security companies were never invited for the task in the first place.
By the way Cisco, Websense and Mcafee voicing against web censorship is even more hilarious, especially when:
- China’s great firewall is managed by Cisco
- Mcafee is offering URL filtering services in Tunsia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iran and Oman
- Websense is offering URL filtering services in Yemen
So our Pakistani what you say about this and don’t mock our country and yourself too.