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Criminal Defamation: The Urgent Cause That has United Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Subramanian Swamy
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 16, 2015 — filed under: , , ,
Three years ago when the then Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy accused Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and his mother of misappropriation of funds while trying to revive the National Herald newspaper, the Nehru-Gandhi scion threatened to sue him.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Free Speech Policy in India: Community, Custom, Censorship, and the Future of Internet Regulation
by Bhairav Acharya published Jul 13, 2015 last modified Aug 23, 2015 10:12 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This note summarises my panel contribution to the conference on Freedom of Expression in a Digital Age at New Delhi on 21 April 2015, which was organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in collaboration with the Internet Policy Observatory of the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
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Blog Entry DesiSec: Cybersecurity and Civil Society in India
by Laird Brown published Jun 20, 2015 last modified Jun 29, 2015 04:25 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
As part of its project on mapping cyber security actors in South Asia and South East Asia, the Centre for Internet & Society conducted a series of interviews with cyber security actors. The interviews were compiled and edited into one documentary. The film produced by Purba Sarkar, edited by Aaron Joseph, and directed by Oxblood Ruffin features Malavika Jayaram, Nitin Pai, Namita Malhotra, Saikat Datta, Nishant Shah, Lawrence Liang, Anja Kovacs, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and, Ravi Sharada Prasad.
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Blog Entry DeitY says 143 URLs have been Blocked in 2015; Procedure for Blocking Content Remains Opaque and in Urgent Need of Transparency Measures
by Jyoti Panday published Apr 29, 2015 last modified Apr 30, 2015 07:37 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Across India on 30 December 2014, following an order issued by the Department of Telecom (DOT), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) blocked 32 websites including Vimeo, Dailymotion, GitHub and Pastebin.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Cry, you nasty trolls
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 26, 2015 last modified May 09, 2015 03:05 PM — filed under: ,
Micro-blogging site Twitter has introduced a tool that identifies abusive tweets and hides them from their targets. Will it stem the tide of viciousness online, asks Prasun Chaudhuri.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Net neutrality: Net activism packs a punch
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 19, 2015 last modified May 09, 2015 09:02 AM — filed under: , , ,
For the first time in the history of internet campaigns in India, a protest movement has successfully changed the course of a debate without having to take to the streets. The net neutrality movement is being fought almost totally in the virtual world. Hashtag activism isn't new in India. In recent times, several big campaigns have been bolstered by the internet which helped mobilize mass support and kept people constantly updated on events. Pink Chaddi, Jan Lokpal and the Nirbhaya movements were some examples of successful on-the-ground campaigns that were galvanized by social media. But they still needed public action — dharnas, candlelight vigils and actual pink undies — to make a difference.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Shreya Singhal and 66A
by Sunil Abraham published Apr 11, 2015 last modified Apr 19, 2015 08:09 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Most software code has dependencies. Simple and reproducible methods exist for mapping and understanding the impact of these dependencies. Legal code also has dependencies --across court orders and within a single court order. And since court orders are not produced using a structured mark-up language, experts are required to understand the precedential value of a court order.
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Blog Entry The Supreme Court Judgment in Shreya Singhal and What It Does for Intermediary Liability in India?
by Jyoti Panday published Apr 11, 2015 last modified Apr 17, 2015 11:59 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
Even as free speech advocates and users celebrate the Supreme Court of India's landmark judgment striking down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act of 2000, news that the Central government has begun work on drafting a new provision to replace the said section of the Act has been trickling in.
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The block heads
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 03, 2015 last modified May 07, 2015 11:51 AM — filed under: , ,
An entire government department is on the job, but can it really take down ‘offending’ online content?
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
You can still get into trouble for online posts: Digital law experts
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 30, 2015 last modified Apr 02, 2015 01:44 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The internet in India is freer now, but individuals could still to get into trouble for online posts, say digital media and law experts. Hailing the Supreme Court judgment on Tuesday as a landmark verdict for free speech in India, experts who have closely read the judgment say there is much to be careful about too.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media