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Mixed signals? Supreme Court notices to states on Facebook arrests
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 28, 2013 last modified Aug 28, 2013 08:42 AM — filed under: ,
In wake of the recent arrests of UP-based scholar Kanwal Bharti and Andhra-based PUCL activist Jaya Vindhyala over their Facebook posts, NDTV aired a discussion on the grey areas of the IT Act. Pranesh Prakash, Shreya Singhal and Faizal Farooqui
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MPs to be taught ‘draconian’ IT Act Rules as India.net support galvanises for annul motion
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 25, 2012 — filed under: , ,
The blog post by Prachi Shrivastava was published in Legally India on April 23, 2012.
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Views | Why the Left may for once be right
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 25, 2012 — filed under: , , , ,
On the opening day of the upcoming parliamentary session on Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha is set to vote on an annulment motion against the IT rules, moved by P. Rajeeve of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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India: Social Media Censorship to Contain ‘Cyber-Terrorism'?
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 27, 2012 — filed under: , , , , ,
This is the second post in the 2-part series about the perceived role of social media in the wake of the Assam clashes that spilled across the country and threatened to upset the nation's peace.
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DIT's Response to RTI on Website Blocking
by Pranesh Prakash published Apr 07, 2011 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:13 AM — filed under: , , ,
For the first time in India, we have a list of websites that are blocked by order of the Indian government. This data was received from the Department of Information Technology in response to an RTI that CIS filed. Pranesh Prakash of CIS analyzes the implications of these blocks, as well as the shortcomings of the DIT's response.
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Blog Entry Rebuttal of DIT's Misleading Statements on New Internet Rules
by Pranesh Prakash published May 13, 2011 last modified Jul 11, 2012 01:18 PM — filed under: , , ,
The press statement issued on May 11 by the Department of Information Technology (DIT) on the furore over the newly-issued rules on 'intermediary due diligence' is misleading and is, in places, plainly false. We are presenting a point-by-point rebuttal of the DIT's claims.
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Blog Entry Civil Liberties and the amended Information Technology Act, 2000
by Malavika Jayaram published Aug 05, 2010 last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:13 AM — filed under: ,
This post examines certain limitations of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (as amended in 2008). Malavika Jayaram points out the fact that when most countries of the world are adopting plain English instead of the conventional legal terminology for better understanding, India seems to be stuck in the old-fashioned method thereby, struggling to maintain a balance between clarity and flexibility in drafting its laws. The present Act, she says, is although an improvement over the old Act and seeks to address and improve on certain areas in the right direction but still comes up short in making necessary changes when it comes to fundamental rights and personal liberties. The new Act retains elements from the previous one making it an abnormal document and this could have been averted if there had been some attention to detail.
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Killing the Internet Softly with Its Rules
by Pranesh Prakash published May 25, 2011 last modified Aug 20, 2011 12:51 PM — filed under: , ,
While regulation of the Internet is a necessity, the Department of IT, through recent Rules under the IT Act, is guilty of over-regulation. This over-regulation is not only a bad idea, but is unconstitutional, and gravely endangers freedom of speech and privacy online.
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Blog Entry Big Brother is Watching You
by Sunil Abraham published Jun 01, 2011 last modified Mar 21, 2012 09:32 AM — filed under: ,
The government is massively expanding its surveillance power over law-abiding citizens and businesses, says Sunil Abraham in this article published by the Deccan Herald on June 1, 2011.
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Blog Entry CIS Para-wise Comments on Draft Reasonable Security Practices Rules, 2011
by Prashant Iyengar published Feb 24, 2011 last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:32 AM — filed under: ,
On February 7th 2011, the Department of Information Technology, MCIT published draft rules on its website (The Information Technology (Reasonable security practices and procedures and sensitive personal information) Rules, 2011) in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 87(2)(ob), read with Section 43A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Comments were invited from the public before February 25th 2011. Accordingly, Privacy India and Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore have prepared the following para-wise comments for the Ministry’s consideration.
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