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India's Online Freedom Advocates Hail Court Ruling on Free Speech

India's Online Freedom Advocates Hail Court Ruling on Free Speech

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 27, 2015 01:43 AM

Online freedom advocates in India are hailing a court ruling that struck down a controversial law seen as infringing free speech on the Internet. But in a country expected to have the world’s largest number of web users by 2018, some concerns about net censorship remain.

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The noose tightens on freedom of speech on the Internet

The noose tightens on freedom of speech on the Internet

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 27, 2015 01:06 AM

A WORRYING trend has emerged in the last few years, where intermediaries around the world are being used as chokepoints to restrict freedom of expression online, and to hold users accountable for content.

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Noose tightens on freedom of speech on the Internet

Noose tightens on freedom of speech on the Internet

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 27, 2015 01:01 AM

A worrying trend has emerged in the last few years, where intermediaries around the world are being used as chokepoints to restrict freedom of expression online, and to hold users accountable for content.

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Ruling in India shields Web posts

Ruling in India shields Web posts

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 27, 2015 12:38 AM

The Supreme Court in India struck down a section of its country’s information technology act Tuesday that had made it illegal for anyone to spread ‘‘offensive messages’’ on electronic devices and resulted in arrests over posts on Facebook and other social media.

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India’s Supreme Court strikes down law that led to Facebook arrests

India’s Supreme Court strikes down law that led to Facebook arrests

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 27, 2015 12:29 AM

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a provision of a law that made it illegal to spread “offensive messages” on electronic devices and resulted in arrests over posts on Facebook and other social media.

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I dare you, I double dare you: Social media celebrates Sec 66A verdict

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2015 04:33 PM

Users across social media platforms on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's scrapping of the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, hailing it as a measure that will strengthen freedom of expression online.

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India's section 66A scrapped: Win for free speech

India's section 66A scrapped: Win for free speech

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2015 04:19 PM

India's Supreme Court court has struck down a law that made posting "offensive" comments on the internet a crime punishable by a jail term of up to three years. But, for the free speech campaigners, there is more work to do, writes technology writer Prasanto K Roy.

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Live Chat: Win for Free Speech

Live Chat: Win for Free Speech

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2015 04:07 PM

Join us for a live chat at 5.30 pm on SC striking down the Section 66A of the IT Act which had permitted the arrest of people for posting "offensive content" on the internet.

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IT Leaders, Lawyers Welcome SC Ruling on 66A of the IT Act

IT Leaders, Lawyers Welcome SC Ruling on 66A of the IT Act

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2015 03:58 PM

The Supreme Court of India has delivered a landmark judgment in scrapping section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which prescribed 'punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.' and had been branded as grossly 'unconstitutional' by various lawyers and legal advisors.

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Indian Court Strikes Down Section of Law Punishing Offensive Posts

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2015 03:40 PM

The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a section of a law that allowed the authorities to jail people for offensive online posts, in a judgment that was regarded as a landmark ruling on free speech in India.

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What the experts said on live chat

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2015 02:35 AM

Three eminent panellists shared their views and answered questions from readers on the Supreme Court verdict striking down Section 66 A of the IT Act that allowed the arrest of people posting “offensive content” on the Internet, in a live chat hosted by The Hindu.

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India’s Supreme Court strikes down law that led to arrests over Facebook posts

India’s Supreme Court strikes down law that led to arrests over Facebook posts

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2015 01:49 AM

Judge rules that section of the information technology law was unconstitutional, had wrongly swept up innocent people and had a ‘chilling’ effect on free speech.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Section 66A Of IT Act

Supreme Court Strikes Down Section 66A Of IT Act

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 25, 2015 04:43 PM

In a major boost to freedom of speech online in India, the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, reading down a draconian law that was poorly conceived, tragically worded and caused ordinary citizens to be jailed for so much as a comment on Facebook that annoyed just about anyone.

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Indian Supreme Court Overturns Law Barring ‘Offensive Messages’ Online

Indian Supreme Court Overturns Law Barring ‘Offensive Messages’ Online

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 25, 2015 04:18 PM

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down legislation barring “offensive messages” online, saying it violated constitutional guarantees of free expression.

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‘A safe Internet and a free Internet can co-exist’

‘A safe Internet and a free Internet can co-exist’

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 25, 2015 03:58 PM

Striking down of 66A kicked off celebrations in the IT capital.

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Netizens Rejoice Over SC Ruling to Keep the Net Free

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 25, 2015 03:16 PM

The Supreme Court ruling to strike down Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act has been welcomed by the city’s netizens.

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Uploaded and blocked, a daylong battle rages on the web over BBC documentary

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 10, 2015 02:37 AM

It was a daylong tussle between uploads and takedowns. Netizens kept uploading the controversial BBC documentary, 'India's Daughter', on video-sharing websites even as several of them were blocked within hours on Thursday. By 9pm, the hour-long film had been removed from at least four locations on YouTube. One of them had already gathered over 1.04 lakh views by then. The documentary which deals with the December 16 Nirbhaya rape case was still available on another video-sharing website, dailymotion.com, where two of three such uploads even had an advertisement preceding the video. It could also be seen on vimeo.com, another video-sharing service.

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SC reserves judgement in cases against Section 66A

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 08, 2015 03:08 PM

The verdict will have far reaching consequences on civil liberties and right to freedom of speech on the Internet.

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Delhi government in consultation with Centre to block Uber's Internet address

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 09, 2015 02:12 AM

The Delhi transport department has started consultation with the central government to block the internet address of taxi hailing app Uber if the San Francisco-based startup does not obtain a radio taxi licence to ply its cabs in the national capital.

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Hacking of SIM card by spy agencies raises fears of sensitive documents being leaked

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 09, 2015 01:31 AM

The hacking of SIM-card and digital security services provider Gemalto by American and British spy agencies has raised fears that sensitive communications, by the Indian government and hundreds of domestic companies, may have been at the risk of being spied on.

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