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Blog Entry The Legal Validity of Internet Bans: Part II
by Geetha Hariharan and Padmini Baruah published Oct 08, 2015 — filed under: , , , , , ,
In recent months, there has been a spree of bans on access to Internet services in Indian states, for different reasons. The State governments have relied on Section 144, Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 to institute such bans. Despite a legal challenge, the Gujarat High Court found no infirmity in this exercise of power in a recent order. We argue that it is Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2000, and the Website Blocking Rules, which set out the legal provision and procedure empowering the State to block access to the Internet (if at all it is necessary), and not Section 144, CrPC.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Digital India: Did Modi get it wrong in Silicon Valley?
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 18, 2015 — filed under: , , ,
A bear hug, a photo filter and a new debate on net neutrality - Ayeshea Perera examines the domestic fallout of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Facebook townhall in US.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
How To Win Friends, FB Style
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 18, 2015 — filed under: , ,
True to form—and Facebook—there was a warm, friendly and familial feel to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s townhall meeting at Melon, California, with Mark Zuckerberg on September 27. Modi got emotional (yet again) while talking about his mother. Zuckerberg, the youngish founder of the world’s largest social networking site, got his parents to meet and pose with Modi.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
What Bengaluru Thinks of the Big Tech Announcements in Silicon Valley
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 29, 2015 last modified Oct 18, 2015 01:26 PM — filed under: , ,
There is a split verdict on the big tech announcements made out of California during the Prime Minister's visit, in the desi version of Silicon Valley - Bengaluru.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Outrage before sharing
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 20, 2015 — filed under: ,
Has the social media converted people into a lynch mob that seeks out justice and passes judgement instantly, without bothering to hear both sides of the story?
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Rise of the bot: all you need to know about the latest threat online
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 05, 2014 last modified Jan 31, 2014 07:16 AM — filed under: , , ,
In the last week of December, 2013, former union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal lodged a police complaint in Chandigarh after witnessing “an unusual rise in his online fan following”. The former minister told the police that his Facebook page had received more than 10,000 likes, within a span of 24 hours. While his allegation that the ‘likes’ were “fabricated” may be true, information technology experts believe a bot was at work.
Located in News & Media
Social Notworking - 'Murder by Twitter'
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 19, 2014 last modified Feb 04, 2014 07:02 AM — filed under: ,
Suketu Mehta (@suketumehta) - terrible news about sunanda tharoor. this is murder by twitter.
Located in News & Media
WhatsApp ruling: Experts seek privacy law
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 27, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
On August 25, Whatsapp updated its policy to share user content with social network; the decision opened new monetisation models for the messaging app.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Tech companies like Gmail, WhatsApp may be asked to store user information
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 14, 2016 — filed under: , ,
The government is moving to formulate rules that will require technology ‘intermediaries’— including email services like Gmail, chat apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat or even ecommerce firms like Amazon — to retain user information, a development that is expected to be met with determined opposition.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Here is why government twitter handles have been posting offensive and partisan messages
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 16, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
You have failed us big time Mr Kejriwal, for your petty political gains you can become headlines for Pakistani press,” read a tweet on October 5 from @IndiaPostOffice, the official twitter handle of the Indian postal service.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media