Report Online Material Promoting Terrorism
Surfsafe® vision is to make internet safe from extremism.
Surfsafe® mission is to counter online extremism, map and eliminate extremist content, help victims of extremism by regaining space for the values of moderation, love and fraternity in cyber-sphere through community participation and ultimately make the internet a safer place for everyone.
Surfsafe® is an online reporting portal for Pakistanis to report extremist online-content freely, securely and anonymously.It is an initiative of CODE PAKISTAN, powered by Tier3. Apart from partnering with the community, netizens and e-scouts, Surfsafe® is looking forward to collaborate with academia, intelligentsia, NGOs / INGOs and independent consultants to achieve its mission.See our Partnership Program.
Join as Surfsafe® e-Scout
Why create an e-Scout Profile?
By creating an e-Scout Profile you can log-in and see your history of reported URLs, track your success in getting such content flagged as inappropriate and extremist and learn about the alerts and information.
Surfsafe® e-Scout Rewards
Working as a Surfsafe® e-Scout, surely:
You can participate in a national cause.
You can win certificates, merit-badges and ranks from Surfsafe®.
You can be invited to organize and participate in Surfsafe® Activities.
You can be invited to become a ‘Content Analyzer’ and ‘Admin’ for Surfsafe®
You can be invited for consultation with counter-terrorism authorities in Pakistan.
You can win ‘Internships’ and ‘Research’ with counter-terrorism and law enforcement authorities.
You can be hero, in your friends, family, community and country.
How to Report a URL?
How you can identify extremist content (URL)?Extremist online-content can include:
1. Any articles, images, speeches or videos that encourage hate or violence
2. Any posts made on social media, chat rooms or blogs that encourage hate or violence
3. Any content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism or violence
4. Any websites created or hosted by terrorist organizations or extremists
5. Any suspicious content regarding recruitment or financing of any terrorist organization
6. Any videos or images of terrorist attacks that amplify or glorify these acts
7. Any instructions on bomb-making, violent tactics or sale of dangerous chemicals
How you Report Content?
At the Surfsafe® Portal, you can report freely, securely and anonymously. Just browse to web-site/ web-page/ web-domain or social media platform that displays extremist content, copy its URL (Address Bar), paste it into the URL Bar of the Surfsafe® Portal and click submit. It is as simple as that. Report as many sites and as much content as you find, whenever and wherever. You can report on-the-go by using your smartphones. Invite your friends to report as well but avoid sending multiple reports of the same URL or spamming as it will slow down the processing of your requests.
Your identity will remain anonymous. However, you will receive e-mail alerts
when your content is flagged as inappropriate and extremist, only if you choose to
share your e-mail with Surfsafe® and sign-up as a Surfsafe® e-Scout.
How We Process Content?
1. We provide a simple but world-class reporting-portal for every citizen.
2. We allow you to securely and anonymously report extremist online-content.
3. We ourselves also search actively for extremist material on the internet.
4. We report to authorities who analyze this content under their SOPs / Guidelines.
5. We play our role in building a safer tomorrow for our future generations.
6. We do all this with your help and with the help of our partners.
Why to Report a URL?
Online extremism contributes to terrorism!
As a part of their anti-terrorism strategy, Military, Civil Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies employ means and resources to combat terrorist organizations and terrorists. The Security and Law Enforcement Agencies in Pakistan have already made huge sacrifices in their fight against terrorism. It is now time for combining our energies to help prevent terrorists from being created. The focus of any counter-extremism strategy (including countering online extremism) is to prevent terrorism by stopping people and especially youth from getting inspired or falling into the trap and propaganda of extremists. Countering on-line extremism can also prevent terrorism by disrupting the terrorists’ use of internet and social media.
A National Cause- Together We Will Do It!
Did you know that there are so many Laws in Pakistan which make images and content promoting extremism in any form, a crime!
|What does the Law Say?||Under What Law?||Authority|
|Ban on programs and advertisement whose content contains or encourages terrorism||Section 20-C PEMRA Ordinance 2002||PEMRA|
|Ban on Glorification of Terrorism/ Terrorist/ Terrorist Organization||Section 9, Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016||FIA (Cyber Crime Wing)|
|Ban on Hate speech (Sectarian/ Racial)- Preparation and Dissemination||Section 11, Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016||FIA (Cyber Crime Wing)|
|Ban on Recruitment, Funding or Planning of Terrorism||Section 12, Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016||FIA (Cyber Crime Wing)|
|Confiscation of Print, Audio & Digital Material promoting terrorism (Proscribed Organizations)||Section 11-E-1-(d), Anti-Terrorism Act 1997||Prov. Govts./ Police Departments|
|Confiscation of Print, Audio & Digital Material promoting terrorism||Section 11-W, Anti-Terrorism Act 1997||Prov. Govts./ Police Departments|
|Cancellations of Declarations of Press on publishing content that aids, abets or promotes terrorism||Section 19 PPNNAB Ordinance 2002||Prov. Govts./ DCOs|
|Penal action against Press without Declaration on publishing content that aids, abets or promotes terrorism||Section 26 PPNNAB Ordinance 2002||Prov. Govts./ DCOs|
|Powers to receive and collate data and information and share with relevant stakeholders to counter terrorism and extremism.||Section 4, NACTA Act 2013||NACTA|
|Publishing of Clarification under Ethical Code of Practice for Unverified News (3), Projection of Crime (8) or Sensationalism of Violence (13)||Section 3, 8, 13 Ethical Code of Practice, Press Council of Pakistan Ordinance 2002||Press Council of Pakistan (Inquiry Commission)|
|Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules 2020||Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (PECA)||Ministry of Information Technology and Communication|
So many laws! But there was no mechanism for citizens to report extremist online-content !
Today, the penetration of internet and reach of social media stands at more
than 35 million users in the country. With more than 20% internet growth
registered per year, it is about time that we, the citizens of Pakistan, should
join our voices and silent contributions to counter extremism on the internet
and social media platforms. Sursafe® intends to achieve its vision and mission
by building a platform for countrywide internet-community to report extremist
content, whenever they see it.
Surfsafe® also intends to develop and disseminate a national counter-narrative to extremism and project moderate values through partnering with academia, intelligentsia, cyber-activists and consultants thereby reclaiming space in cyber-sphere vis-à-vis extremist propaganda.
Surfsafe® Partnership Program<
Surfsafe® Partnership Policy: