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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 30, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
Who could possibly be against free internet access? This is the question that Mark Zuckerberg asks in a piece for the Times of India in which he claims Facebook’s Free Basics service “protects net neutrality”.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Facebook's Fall from Grace: Arab Spring to Indian Winter
by Sunil Abraham published Feb 11, 2016 last modified Feb 11, 2016 03:51 PM — filed under: , , ,
Facebook’s Free Basics has been permanently banned in India! The Indian telecom regulator, TRAI has issued the world’s most stringent net neutrality regulation! To be more accurate, there is more to come from TRAI in terms of net neutrality regulations especially for throttling and blocking but if the discriminatory tariff regulation is anything to go by we can expect quite a tough regulatory stance against other net neutrality violations as well.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Facebook’s Free Basics hits snag in India
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 15, 2016 — filed under: , , , ,
Indian regulators have dealt a major blow to Facebook’s controversial Free Basics online access plan by forbidding so-called differential pricing by internet companies, in effect banning the programme in the country.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Internet Freedom
by Sunil Abraham and Vidushi Marda published Feb 15, 2016 — filed under: , , , , ,
The modern medium of the web is an open-sourced, democratic world in which equality is an ideal, which is why what is most important is Internet freedom.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Free Speech and the Law on Sedition
by Siddharth Narrain published Feb 17, 2016 — filed under:
Siddharth Narrain explains how the law in India has addressed sedition.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Invisible Censorship: How the Government Censors Without Being Seen
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 14, 2011 last modified Jan 04, 2012 08:59 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
The Indian government wants to censor the Internet without being seen to be censoring the Internet. This article by Pranesh Prakash shows how the government has been able to achieve this through the Information Technology Act and the Intermediary Guidelines Rules it passed in April 2011. It now wants methods of censorship that leave even fewer traces, which is why Mr. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology talks of Internet 'self-regulation', and has brought about an amendment of the Copyright Act that requires instant removal of content.
Located in Internet Governance
India's Techies Angered Over Internet Censorship Plan
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 22, 2011 — filed under: , ,
India has the world's largest democracy, and one of the most rambunctious. Millions of its young people are cutting edge when it comes to high-tech. Yet the country is still very conservative by Western standards, and a government minister recently said that offensive material on the web should be removed.
Located in News & Media
Karthikeyan R v Union of India
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 18, 2012 — filed under: , ,
The court refused to direct the government to take proactive steps to curb access to Internet pornography stating that such matters require case-by-case analysis to be constitutionally valid under Article 19(1)(a) (Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression).
Located in Internet Governance / Resources
Facebook, Google face censorship in India
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 09, 2012 — filed under: ,
Religious leaders in India are on a collision course with social media websites including Google, Facebook and Yahoo. Two Indian courts recently asked these American companies as well as 19 other websites to take down “anti-religious” material. They are now required to report their compliance by February. Betwa Sharma's blog post was published in SmartPlanet on 5 January 2012. Sunil Abraham has been quoted in it extensively.
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Is India Ignoring its own Internet Protections?
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 17, 2012 — filed under: , ,
India’s information technology law of 2008 limits the liability of Internet companies for material posted on their Web sites by users, including anything government regulators deem objectionable. The firms are supposed to be notified of offensive content — by users or the authorities — and then remove it when legally warranted.
Located in News & Media