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Blog Entry Three reasons why 66A verdict is momentous
by Pranesh Prakash published Mar 29, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Earlier this week, the fundamental right to freedom of expression posted a momentous victory. The nation's top court struck down the much-reviled Section 66A of the IT Act — which criminalized communications that are "grossly offensive", cause "annoyance", etc — as "unconstitutionally vague", "arbitrarily, excessively, and disproportionately" encumbering freedom of speech, and likely to have a "chilling effect" on legitimate speech.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry To regulate Net intermediaries or not is the question
by Sunil Abraham published Aug 26, 2012 — filed under: , , , ,
Given the disruption to public order caused by the mass exodus of North-Eastern Indians from several cities, the government has had for the first time in many years, a legitimate case to crackdown on Internet intermediaries and their users.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry TV versus Social Media: The Rights and Wrongs
by Sunil Abraham published Jan 21, 2013 — filed under: , , ,
For most ordinary Netizens, everyday speech on social media has as much impact as graffiti in a toilet, and therefore employing the 'principle of equivalence' will result in overregulation of new media.
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Tweets and twits
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 25, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
The orders issued by the Ministry of Communication and IT to block more than 300 items on the Internet, including Twitter handles, Facebook pages, YouTube videos, blogposts, pages of certain websites, and in some cases entire websites, tell a revealing story of a government that has simply not applied its mind to the issue of how to deal with hate speech, both cyber and traditional.
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Twitter handles: How and why govt erred and what it can do to be smarter & more effective
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 26, 2012 last modified Sep 07, 2012 09:22 AM — filed under: , ,
Here's a weekend reading recommendation for the mandarins who run the Government of India: it's a freely downloadable, a 145-page long document called "After the Riots". It is a report by the Riot Communities and Victims Panel, set up by the British prime minister to study reasons for the cause, spread and the damage wreaked by the riots that occurred in towns and cities in England in early August 2011.
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Twitter users find several accounts suspended for unknown reasons
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 02, 2014 last modified Dec 07, 2014 01:27 AM — filed under: ,
Twitter users woke up on Saturday to find several accounts suspended for unknown reasons, triggering conspiracy theories that only the accounts of right-wing supporters had been targeted.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Twitter users hit back at government ban
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 25, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
The government faced an angry backlash from Twitter users on Thursday after ordering Internet service providers to block about 20 accounts that officials said had spread scare-mongering material that threatened national security.
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Twitter’s Censorship Move Aimed at Regaining China?
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 30, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
Twitter, the popular social networking site for micro-blogging, has announced it is open to content censorship and region-based filtering, if required by law. The service boasts nearly 300 million users from across the world. Vinod Yalburgi writes this in the International Business Times.
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Blog Entry Two Arguments Against the Constitutionality of Section 66A
by Gautam Bhatia published May 31, 2014 last modified Jun 04, 2014 03:42 AM — filed under: , , ,
Gautam Bhatia explores the constitutionality of Section 66A in light of recent events.
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Two women arrested over Facebook gripe on Mumbai shutdown
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 19, 2012 last modified Jan 15, 2013 09:26 AM — filed under: , ,
A woman who complained about the Indian city of Mumbai shutting down for the funeral of divisive Hindu nationalist politician Balasaheb Thackeray was arrested for "hurting religious sentiments," local police told reporters amid public anger over the case.
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