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Blog Entry Online Pre-Censorship is Harmful and Impractical
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 12, 2011 05:00 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal wants Internet intermediaries to pre-censor content uploaded by their users. Pranesh Prakash takes issue with this and explains why this is a problem, even if the government's heart is in the right place. Further, he points out that now is the time to take action on the draconian IT Rules which are before the Parliament.
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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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66A ‘cut & paste job’
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 11, 2012 — filed under: ,
The controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act has borrowed words out of context from British and American laws, according to lawyers here who are calling it a “poor cut-and-paste job”.
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Hacktivists deface BSNL website
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 14, 2012 — filed under: , , , ,
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) website, www.bsnl.co.in, was hacked and defaced on Thursday afternoon.
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Despite SC order, thousands booked under scrapped Sec 66A of IT Act
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 07, 2016 — filed under: ,
College student Danish Mohammed’s arrest this March under the scrapped Section 66A of the Information Technology Act for allegedly sharing a morphed picture of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat wasn’t an exception.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
If all goes well, Indian IT Act may enter 21st century
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 06, 2016 last modified Oct 06, 2016 04:49 PM — filed under: ,
The government is aiming to refresh the main law governing information technology by giving it a revamp which it hopes will bring it in tune with the times and address criticisms about its weaknesses, a senior official said on condition of anonymity.
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Blog Entry NHA Data Sharing Guidelines – Yet Another Policy in the Absence of a Data Protection Act
by Shweta Mohandas and Pallavi Bedi published Sep 29, 2022 — filed under: , , ,
In July this year, the National Health Authority (NHA) released the NHA Data Sharing Guidelines for the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PM-JAY) just two months after publishing the draft Health Data Management Policy.
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Blocked websites: Where India flawed
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 27, 2012 last modified Aug 27, 2012 03:00 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Apart from not giving 48 hours response time, the Indian government has blocked some websites which don't exist or don't have web addresses, says an analyst.
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Clarify and define terms in IT rules, panel tells govt.
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 01, 2013 last modified Apr 03, 2013 10:02 AM — filed under: ,
In the wake of concerns that the government is increasingly using ambiguously-phrased terms in legal codes to crack down on online speech, the Parliament’s Committee on Subordinate Legislation has asked for greater clarity and definition on terms which can serve as grounds for restrictions.
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Blog Entry Arbitrary Arrests for Comment on Bal Thackeray's Death
by Pranesh Prakash published Nov 19, 2012 last modified Jan 02, 2013 03:42 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Two girls have been arbitrarily and unlawfully arrested for making comments about the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's death. Pranesh Prakash explores the legal angles to the arrests.
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