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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
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
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.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
66A DEAD. LONG LIVE 66A!
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 28, 2015 last modified Apr 01, 2015 02:11 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Last Tuesday, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo walked into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office. India's most compulsive and most-followed tweeter, Modi, as Gujarat chief minister, had protested when the Manmohan Singh government blocked the micro-blogging site of a few journalists. Modi had blacked out his own Twitter profile and tweeted: “May God give good sense to everyone.”
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
SC has set a high threshold for tolerance: Lawrence Liang
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 28, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Lawyer-activist Lawrence Liang on why SC upheld section 69A and the implications of striking down section 66A.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry What 66A Judgment Means For Free Speech Online
by Geetha Hariharan published Mar 27, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
This week India's Supreme Court redefined the boundaries of freedom of speech on the internet. With the Court's decision in Shreya Singhal & Ors. v. Union of India, Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, has been struck down in entirety and is no longer good law.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry India's Supreme Court Axes Online Censorship Law, But Challenges Remain
by Subhashish Panigrahi published Mar 27, 2015 last modified Mar 27, 2015 02:38 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The Supreme Court of India took a remarkable step to protect free expression on March 24, 2015, striking down controversial section 66A of the IT Act that criminalized “grossly offensive” content online. In response to a public interest litigation filed by Indian law student Shreya Singhal, the court made this landmark judgement calling the section “vague”, “broad” and “unconstitutional”. Since Tuesday's announcement, the news has trended nationally on Twitter, with more than 50,000 tweets bearing the hashtags #Sec66A and #66A.
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India's Online Freedom Advocates Hail Court Ruling on Free Speech
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 27, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Online freedom advocates in India are hailing a court ruling that struck down a controversial law seen as infringing free speech on the Internet. But in a country expected to have the world’s largest number of web users by 2018, some concerns about net censorship remain.
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
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