Internet cafes are different in 2022 than they used to be in the beginning of 2000s. With net cafes, software to manage computers and business operations has also evolved. Now, market offers everything from simple timers to multifunctional esports platforms.
Basic builds of management software for internet cafes usually include remote control of PCs, a timer, dynamic price setting, access limitation rules for visitors and staff. But as we said earlier, the concept of internet cafes is being constantly changed, and now basic features have to be complemented by additional features.
So here you are, looking for a software to manage a dozen of PCs at your internet cafe, scrolling down through loads of brands on search pages. Some of this software is free and some require subscription fees, but how do you know which one is really worth your time
SENET has a modular structure, which means that internet cafe owners can choose features they need for day-to-day operations and get rid of those that are irrelevant to their business. Such selection optimizes costs, while also simplifies the interface, making it less bulky and overwhelming for staff to use.
Internet cafe software from Antamedia allows to time sessions and remotely end them on connected devices. It is also possible to group them into pricing categories, thus setting different values on PC and console use, for example. Other settings for pricing include bulk (first 5 minutes are free, every next 10 minutes $0.5), scheduled (2PM-4PM for $6, weekend rate for $12), block (billed $2 every 15 min). On enterprise package, internet cafe users can pay for services through the client interface that integrates PayPal express checkout and other types of payment gateways.
Here we have a representative of a cyber cafe software category. iCafeCloud, also known as CCBootCloud, positions itself as a billing and game management platform. It is designed to automate simultaneous installation and update of games on multiple client devices, while also tracking sessions of their use and downtime. What cyber cafe owners might use iCafeCloud for:
SmartLaunch has been around the internet cafe industry since 2001. From a basic internet cafe management software it quickly pivoted into gaming cafe software, adding features that automate game updates and improve cafe operations overall.
One of the few products on the market that pushes the market of internet cafes towards esports. ggLeap is a gaming center software that automates loads of day-to-day operations for staff and enhances customer engagement.
The government continues to use national security to justify internet shutdowns and restrictions to social media and communication platforms. The National Assembly and Senate passed Pakistan's first comprehensive cybercrime act in 2016, including provisions that allow censorship and surveillance, and could be used to punish online speech. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act has come under intense criticism in Pakistan as well as from international rights organizations and the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression. Rules governing its implementation were still pending during the coverage period.
Internet cafes on the whole do not require a license to operate, and opening one is relatively easy. Child rights groups have argued that cafes should be regulated to prevent children's access to pornography and gambling sites.  In February 2017, the provincial Sindh government issued a ban on all internet cafes \"without a proper video surveillance and recording system.\" Local owners are now \"required to keep copies of all users' Computerized National Identity Cards, along with recording their cabin numbers and usage time.\"
The PTA plays an active role in implementing policies that undermine internet freedom. In March 2015, the PTA formally took responsibility for internet content management (see Blocking and Filtering). The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (PECA) codified those powers, and also authorized the PTA to develop \"rules of business\" regarding the investigations of cybercrimes. However, by mid-2018, the PTA had not yet produced any new rules, or shown transparency in the drafting process. Rules are needed to regulate the mode and quality of investigations, a major issue affecting the law's implementation.
Several laws have the potential to restrict the rights of internet users, including one passed during the coverage period. In August 2016, PECA became law, despite concerns from civil society organizations regarding the lack of transparency involved in the drafting process. Though it contains some procedural safeguards for cybercrime investigations by law enforcement agencies, international and local human rights groups condemned the law's overly broad language and disproportionate penalties, including a 14-year prison term for acts of cyberterrorism that the law failed to adequately define. The law also punishes preparing or disseminating electronic communication to glorify terrorism; and preparing or disseminating information that is likely to advance religious, ethnic or sectarian hatred; both crimes are punishable with up to seven years in prison. Section 20 criminalizes displaying or transmitting information that intimidates or harms the \"reputation or privacy of a natural person\" with a maximum three-year prison term or a fine of PKR 1 million (US$9,500) or both. The law also granted the PTA broad censorship powers (see Blocking and Filtering), and raised privacy concerns (see Surveillance, Privacy, and Anonymity). 153554b96e