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Tangled Web
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 23, 2012 — filed under: ,
Government and social networking sites at loggerheads as debate rages over freedom of expression, writes Kumar Anshuman and Nikita Doval in this story published in the Week on Saturday, 21 January 2012.
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Google V/s Kapil Sibal
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 09, 2011 — filed under: ,
Mr Kapil Sibal was quoted by the Hindu* today as saying that "he had been left with no choice" because the internet companies "refused to delete incendiary hate-speech."
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Blog Entry That’s the unkindest cut, Mr Sibal
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 12, 2011 — filed under: ,
There’s Kolaveri-di on the Internet over Kapil Sibal’s diktat to social media sites to prescreen users’ posts. That diktat goes far beyond the restrictions placed on our freedom of expression by the IT Act. But, says Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society, India is not going to be silenced online.
Located in Internet Governance
Indian Internet Lawsuit Puts Spotlight on Freedom of Expression
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 19, 2012 — filed under: , ,
In India, Internet giants such as Google and Facebook are fighting a lawsuit after the government authorized their prosecution for online content on their sites deemed to be offensive. The case has put the spotlight on free speech in the world’s largest democracy.
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Clash of the cyberworlds
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 07, 2013 last modified Jan 15, 2013 06:57 AM — filed under: , , , ,
In an increasingly digital world, the issue of Internet freedom and governance has become hugely contested. Censorship and denial of access occur across the political spectrum of nations, even in liberal democracies.
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Facebook Arrests Ignite Free-Speech Debate In India
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 29, 2012 last modified Jan 07, 2013 10:16 AM — filed under: , ,
Shaheen Dhada is an unlikely looking protagonist in the battle under way in India to protect free speech from government restrictions in the new media age.
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Net neutrality: Net activism packs a punch
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 19, 2015 last modified May 09, 2015 09:02 AM — filed under: , , ,
For the first time in the history of internet campaigns in India, a protest movement has successfully changed the course of a debate without having to take to the streets. The net neutrality movement is being fought almost totally in the virtual world. Hashtag activism isn't new in India. In recent times, several big campaigns have been bolstered by the internet which helped mobilize mass support and kept people constantly updated on events. Pink Chaddi, Jan Lokpal and the Nirbhaya movements were some examples of successful on-the-ground campaigns that were galvanized by social media. But they still needed public action — dharnas, candlelight vigils and actual pink undies — to make a difference.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Private sector censors
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 26, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
If business decides what’s ‘good’ and ‘bad’ speech, it can lead to multiple interpretations and arbitrary decisions. The article by Salil Tripathi was published in LiveMint on April 25, 2012.
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Blog Entry India's Broken Internet Laws Need a Shot of Multi-stakeholderism
by Pranesh Prakash published Apr 26, 2012 last modified Apr 26, 2012 01:45 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Cyber-laws in India are severely flawed, with neither lawyers nor technologists being able to understand them, and the Cyber-Law Group in DEIT being incapable of framing fair, just, and informed laws and policies. Pranesh Prakash suggests they learn from the DEIT's Internet Governance Division, and Brazil, and adopt multi-stakeholderism as a core principle of Internet policy-making.
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Blog Entry India's Internet Jam
by Pranesh Prakash published Aug 31, 2012 last modified Mar 20, 2014 12:41 PM — filed under: , ,
As authorities continue to clamp down on digital freedom, politicians and corporations are getting a taste for censorship too. Pranesh Prakash reports.
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