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Blog Entry Breaking Down Section 66A of the IT Act
by Pranesh Prakash published Nov 25, 2012 last modified Dec 14, 2012 09:51 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which prescribes 'punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.' is widely held by lawyers and legal academics to be unconstitutional. In this post Pranesh Prakash explores why that section is unconstitutional, how it came to be, the state of the law elsewhere, and how we can move forward.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
How to Steer Clear of India’s Strict Internet Laws
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 20, 2012 last modified Nov 30, 2012 10:13 AM — filed under: ,
The arrest of two women in Mumbai for a Facebook post is the latest heavy-handed move by India’s government to curb what Indian citizens say on the Internet.
Located in News & Media
Blog Entry Online Censorship: How Government should Approach Regulation of Speech
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 05, 2012 — filed under: , , , ,
Why is there a constant brouhaha in India about online censorship? What must be done to address this?
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Google Policy Fellowship Programme: Call for Applications
by Prasad Krishna published May 09, 2013 last modified May 17, 2013 01:01 AM — filed under: , , ,
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is inviting applications for the Google Policy Fellowship programme. Google is providing a USD 7,500 stipend to the India Fellow, who will be selected by July 1, 2013.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Facebook, Google deny spying access
by Prasad Krishna published Jun 09, 2013 last modified Jul 02, 2013 10:18 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The CEOs of Facebook and Google on Saturday categorically denied that the US National Security Agency had "direct access" to their company servers for snooping on Gmail and Facebook users. But both acknowledged that the companies complied with the 'lawful' requests made by the US government and shared user data with sleuths.
Located in News & Media
Blog Entry Report on CIS' Workshop at the IGF:'An Evidence Based Framework for Intermediary Liability'
by Jyoti Panday published Sep 22, 2014 last modified Sep 24, 2014 10:47 AM — filed under: , , , ,
An evidence based framework for intermediary liability' was organised to present evidence and discuss ongoing research on the changing definition, function and responsibilities of intermediaries across jurisdictions.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry Comment by CIS at ACE on Presentation on French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 01, 2011 last modified Dec 01, 2011 11:59 AM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
The seventh session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Advisory Committee on Enforcement is being held in Geneva on November 30 and December 1, 2011. Pranesh Prakash responded to a presentation by Prof. Pierre Sirinelli of the École de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 on 'The French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting of December 16, 2009' with this comment.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Debate: Online content row-1
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 07, 2011 11:06 AM — filed under: ,
In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists Chandan Mitra, Editor-in-Chief, 'The Pioneer' & MP, BJP; Sabeer Bhatia, Co-founder, Hotmail; Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society; Ankit Fadia, Ethical Hacker; Suhel Seth, Managing Partner Counselage; Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, Cyber Media and Rajesh Charia, President, Internet Service Providers Association of India discuss the issue if the Government should make clear definition of what is objectionable to internet/social media companies and draw a clear distinction between communally incitable material and political censorship.
Located in News & Media
Govt wants to scrub the Internet clean
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 07, 2011 — filed under: ,
Web advocacy groups, experts say govt’s move to evolve content guidelines amounts to censorship. This article by Surabhi Agarwal & Leslie D’monte was published in Livemint on 7 December 2011. Sunil Abraham has been quoted in this article.
Located in News & Media
Facebook, Google tell India they won’t screen for derogatory content
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 07, 2011 05:25 AM — filed under: ,
In the world’s largest democracy, the government wants Internet sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google to screen and remove offensive content about religious figures and political leaders as soon as they learn about it. But those companies now say they can’t help.