Centre for Internet & Society

Belling the trolls

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 24, 2016 04:44 PM

Online abuse - specially against women - is like one of those rapidly-mutating viruses that resists all antibodies.

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Tamil Nadu likely to hold Facebook accountable for suicide case

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 13, 2016 01:44 PM

The recent suicide of a 21-year-old woman from Salem district in Tamil Nadu over her morphed pictures being uploaded on Facebook could turn into a flash-point between the state police and the world's most-popular social networking site.

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Place for a safety net

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 13, 2016 02:45 AM

Vinupriya took her life last week, humiliated by the morphed images of her naked body posted on a social media site. Experts warn that the spike in Internet traffic brings with it an increase in online sexual crimes. Measures must be taken urgently to save lives, they tell T.V. Jayan.

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India may not be guilty of opposing UN move to save internet rights

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 09, 2016 02:58 AM

India is a democratic country, but the standards for freedom of expression promised to us—online and offline—are highly questionable, especially with online content being censured and comedians being threatened to be arrested for sedition.

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India No Haven For Net Freedom But It Did Not Oppose UN Move on Internet Rights

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 09, 2016 02:25 AM

India hasn’t had the best record when it comes to Internet rights. The country regularly carries out Internet shutdowns under flimsy pretexts, is still fumbling when it comes to the drafting of a comprehensive privacy bill, and most recently came out with a geospatial information regulation bill that would establish ownership over all forms of location data.

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Flashpoint #TrollControl: Maneka versus NCW

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 09, 2016 02:11 AM

Amidst the debate over controlling online trolls - the proposal by Union Women and Child Development Minister to curb violence against women on the internet has triggered a fight between the minister and the National Commission for Women (NCW).

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FB & Google have already monopolised Indian cyberspace

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 08, 2016 03:59 PM

In an interview with Catch, Sunil Abraham, executive director of Center for Internet & Society, puts the recent US-India cyber relationship framework into perspective. Abraham also talks about how Indian surveillance policies are outdated and why the country has failed to check the hegemonic tendencies of companies like Facebook and Google.

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Cyberstalkers, the new bullies in town

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 04, 2016 02:44 AM

The advent of social media and an increase in accessibility has led to increasing concerns with regard to cyber safety.

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Why Geospatial Bill is draconian and how it will hurt startups

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 02, 2016 04:57 AM

Last week, the Indian government rejected Google’s plans to map Indian cities, tourist spots and mountain ranges, using the 360-degree panoramic Google Street View feature.

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Here is the entire list of 'escorts service' websites that the government has banned

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 02, 2016 04:51 AM

Another day and another opaque order asking Indian service providers to block websites that allegedly offer or advertise escort services in India. In total, the government has ordered ban on 237 websites. But as it happens whenever the Indian government bans website, there has been no public communication about the same.

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ISPs start blocking escort websites following govt order

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 02, 2016 04:17 AM

DoT on Monday ordered blocking of 240 URLs; blocking of websites takes place under Section 69A of the IT Act, and Information Technology Rules.

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Behind the scenes of Escort Economy 2.0

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 01, 2016 03:43 PM

With the government banning over 200 escort sites last week, Sunday Times speaks to the owner of an agency to find out how tech is driving the world's oldest profession.

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Indian experts doubt government ban on porn sites will be effective

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 01, 2016 03:00 PM

The Indian government directed service providers to block 240 websites but doubts have surfaced over the legality of such an order.

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Under Modi government, foreign funding of NGOs has come down

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 14, 2016 04:37 PM

Information obtained under RTI from the Home Ministry suggests NGOs have had to take a serious hit in the last 2 years.

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CPRsouth 2016 – Young Scholars Programme

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 30, 2016 02:01 AM

Rohini Lakshané, Amber Sinha and Vidushi Marda have been selected to attend the two-day Young Scholars' Programme to be held in Zanzibar, Tanzania in early September this year. The programme is a part of the CPRSouth conference.

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India's Proposed Map Law Prompts Outcry

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 29, 2016 09:30 AM

In India, proposed legislation to ban use of maps or satellite images of the country without approval from the government has led to an outcry and triggered an online campaign called “Save The Map.”

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Suckfly Attacks National Stock Exchange Tech Vendor, Among Others

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 29, 2016 08:07 AM

A cyber espionage group attacked an Indian IT firm that provides support to India’s largest stock exchange. It’s one of many attacks in the recent past.

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India Seeks to Limit Use of Maps and Satellite Images

India Seeks to Limit Use of Maps and Satellite Images

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 28, 2016 12:38 PM

Indians are discussing a plan to ban use of maps or satellite images of the country without approval from the government.

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Why The New Government Policy Mandating Panic Buttons On Phones Isn’t Going To Protect Women

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 15, 2016 09:45 AM

Recently, the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted about new rules mandating a panic button in every cell phone sold in the country from January 2017. To keep ladies safe, of course.

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