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India’s Supreme Court strikes down law that led to Facebook arrests
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 26, 2015 last modified Mar 27, 2015 12:29 AM — filed under: , , , ,
India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a provision of a law that made it illegal to spread “offensive messages” on electronic devices and resulted in arrests over posts on Facebook and other social media.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Noose tightens on freedom of speech on the Internet
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 27, 2015 last modified Mar 27, 2015 01:01 AM — filed under: , , , ,
A worrying trend has emerged in the last few years, where intermediaries around the world are being used as chokepoints to restrict freedom of expression online, and to hold users accountable for content.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
The noose tightens on freedom of speech on the Internet
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 27, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
A WORRYING trend has emerged in the last few years, where intermediaries around the world are being used as chokepoints to restrict freedom of expression online, and to hold users accountable for content.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
India's landmark online speech ruling is step toward greater press freedom
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 29, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
In an historic decision, India's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down part of a law used to silence criticism and free expression. While this marks a pivotal victory that has been welcomed in many quarters, many challenges remain for press freedom in the country.
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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
SECTION 66A: DELETE
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 30, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
The Supreme Court has killed a law that allowed the Government to control social media. What’s the Net worth of freedom hereafter?
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
India High Court: No Takedown Requests On Social Sites Without Court, Gov't Order
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 25, 2015 last modified Apr 03, 2015 06:18 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Indian police will no longer be able to threaten Internet users and online intermediaries with jail merely on the basis of a complaint that they have posted “offensive” posts online.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
India tops list of content restrictions requests, says Facebook
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 17, 2015 last modified Apr 03, 2015 05:01 PM — filed under: , ,
India has again topped the list of content restriction requests in the second half of 2014 with over 5,800 requests recorded in Facebook's Government Requests Report released on Sunday.
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Blog Entry Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
by Sunil Abraham published Mar 26, 2015 last modified Apr 17, 2015 01:44 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Much confusion has resulted from the Section 66A verdict. Some people are convinced that online speech is now without any reasonable restrictions under Article 19 (2) of the Constitution. This is completely false.
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