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India faces Twitter backlash over Internet clampdown
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 28, 2012 — filed under: , ,
The government faced an angry backlash from Twitter users on Thursday after ordering Internet service providers to block about 20 accounts that officials said had spread scare-mongering material that threatened national security.
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Blog Entry Social media, SMS are not why NE students left Bangalore
by Nishant Shah published Aug 25, 2012 last modified Aug 28, 2012 10:48 AM — filed under: , , ,
I woke up one morning to find that I was living in a city of crisis. Bangalore, where the largest public preoccupations to date have been about bad roads, stray dogs, and occasionally, the lack of night-life, the city was suddenly a space that people wanted to flee and occupy simultaneously.
Located in Internet Governance
Facebook's Delicate Dance With Delhi On Censorship
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 03, 2012 — filed under: , , , ,
At the end of last week, a hashtag briskly rose across India: #Emergency2012. It was a reference to the 21-month stint, beginning in the summer of 1975, when then PM Indira Gandhi determined democracy an inconvenience.
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The state. And the rage of the cyber demon
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 03, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
The Internet might be a Pandora’s box. But should the government be wasting time regulating the cacophony?
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Government to hold talks with stakeholders on Internet censorship
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 04, 2012 — filed under: , , , , ,
In an unprecedented move, the government, through the Department of Telecommunications and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, has agreed to initiate dialogue on Internet censorship with mega Internet companies, social media giants such as Google and Facebook, members of civil society, technical community, media, ISPs and legal experts.
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Government asks Twitter to block fake 'PMO India' accounts; site fails to respond
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 22, 2012 last modified Sep 04, 2012 12:24 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
A standoff between the government and microblogging service Twitter, that has got India's online community up in arms, continues, as Twitter is still to act on India's requests to block some of the fake 'PMO India' accounts.
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Blog Entry Content takedown and users' rights
by Torsha Sarkar, Gurshabad Grover published Feb 14, 2020 last modified Feb 17, 2020 05:18 AM — filed under: , , ,
After Shreya Singhal v Union of India, commentators have continued to question the constitutionality of the content takedown regime under Section 69A of the IT Act (and the Blocking Rules issued under it). There has also been considerable debate around how the judgement has changed this regime: specifically about (i) whether originators of content are entitled to a hearing, (ii) whether Rule 16 of the Blocking Rules, which mandates confidentiality of content takedown requests received by intermediaries from the Government, continues to be operative, and (iii) the effect of Rule 16 on the rights of the originator and the public to challenge executive action. In this opinion piece, we attempt to answer some of these questions.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Internet Shutdown Stories
by Ambika Tandon published May 17, 2018 last modified Sep 03, 2019 09:57 AM — filed under: , , ,
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) has published a collection of stories of the impact of internet shutdowns on people's lives in the country. This book seeks to give a glimpse into the lives of those directly affected by these internet shutdown experiments. When seen in a larger context, we hope that the stories in this book also demonstrate that access to the internet and freedom of speech is not just about an individual’s rights, but are also required for the collective good. This is a project funded by Facebook and MacArthur Foundation, and the stories were provided by 101 Reporters. Case studies from the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Telangana, West Bengal, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, and Uttar Pradesh have been highlighted in this compilation.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
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
Blog Entry Anti-trafficking Bill may lead to censorship
by Swaraj Barooah and Gurshabad Grover published Jul 24, 2018 last modified Aug 02, 2018 01:59 PM — filed under: , ,
There are a few problematic provisions in the proposed legislation—it may severely impact freedom of expression.
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