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Blog Entry Beyond Public Squares, Dumb Conduits, and Gatekeepers: The Need for a New Legal Metaphor for Social Media
by Amber Sinha published May 31, 2021 — filed under: ,
In the past few years, social networking sites have come to play a central role in intermediating the public’s access to and deliberation of information critical to a thriving democracy. In stark contrast to early utopian visions which imagined that the internet would create a more informed public, facilitate citizen-led engagement, and democratize media, what we see now is the growing association of social media platforms with political polarization and the entrenchment of racism, homophobia, and xenophobia.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
File Beyond Public Squares, Dumb Conduits, and Gatekeepers: The Need for a New Legal Metaphor for Social Media
by Amber Sinha published May 31, 2021 — filed under:
Located in Internet Governance / Files
Blog Entry Regulating Sexist Online Harassment as a Form of Censorship
by Amber Sinha published May 31, 2021 — filed under: , ,
This paper is part of a series under IT for Change’s project, Recognize, Resist, Remedy: Combating Sexist Hate Speech Online. The series, titled Rethinking Legal-Institutional Approaches to Sexist Hate Speech in India, aims to create a space for civil society actors to proactively engage in the remaking of online governance, bringing together inputs from legal scholars, practitioners, and activists. The papers reflect upon the issue of online sexism and misogyny, proposing recommendations for appropriate legal-institutional responses. The series is funded by EdelGive Foundation, India and International Development Research Centre, Canada.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
File Regulating Sexist Online Harassment: A Model of Online Harassment as a Form of Censorship
by Amber Sinha published May 31, 2021 — filed under: , ,
Located in Internet Governance / Files
Women on Covid lists get lewd calls and messages
by Prasad Krishna published May 24, 2021 — filed under: ,
Perverts are eating into precious time in the middle of a pandemic and adding to the overall anxiety.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Comments and recommendations to the Guidelines for “Influencer Advertising on Digital Media”
by Torsha Sarkar and Shweta Mohandas published Apr 05, 2021 last modified Apr 05, 2021 09:58 AM — filed under: ,
In February, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) had issued draft rules for regulation of digital influencers, with an aim to "understand the peculiarities of [online] advertisements and the way consumers view them", as well as to ensure that: "consumers must be able to distinguish when something is being promoted with an intention to influence their opinion or behaviour for an immediate or eventual commercial gain". In lieu of this, we presented our responses.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry New intermediary guidelines: The good and the bad
by Torsha Sarkar published Feb 26, 2021 last modified Mar 15, 2021 01:52 PM — filed under: , , , ,
In pursuance of the government releasing the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, this blogpost offers a quick rundown of some of the changes brought about the Rules, and how they line up with existing principles of best practices in content moderation, among others.
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Blog Entry Pandemic Technology takes its Toll on Data Privacy
by Aman Nair and Pallavi Bedi published Dec 31, 2020 last modified Jun 26, 2021 06:52 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
The absence of any legal framework has meant these tools are now being used for purposes beyond managing the pandemic.
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Insult to Kannada shows Google AI in a poor light
by Krupa Joseph published Dec 31, 2020 last modified Jun 26, 2021 05:25 AM — filed under: ,
A Google search for ‘the ugliest language in India’ yielded ‘Kannada’ as the answer late last week, causing widespread outrage.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Twitter's India troubles show tough path ahead for digital platforms
by Aditya Sharma published Dec 31, 2020 last modified Jun 26, 2021 02:54 AM — filed under: , , ,
Twitter is in a standoff with Indian authorities over the government's new digital rules. Critics see the rules as an attempt to curb free speech, while others say more action is needed to hold tech giants accountable.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media