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Blog Entry Finding Needles in Haystacks - Discussing the Role of Automated Filtering in the New Indian Intermediary Liability Rules 
by Shweta Mohandas and Torsha Sarkar published Aug 03, 2021 last modified Aug 03, 2021 07:28 AM — filed under: , ,
On the 25th of February this year The Government of India notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The new Rules broaden the scope of which entities can be considered as intermediaries to now include curated-content platforms (Netflix) as well as digital news publications. This blogpost analyzes the rule on automated filtering, in the context of the growing use of automated content moderation.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry The Ministry And The Trace: Subverting End-To-End Encryption
by Gurshabad Grover, Tanaya Rajwade and Divyank Katira published Jul 12, 2021 last modified Jul 12, 2021 08:18 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
A legal and technical analysis of the 'traceability' rule and its impact on messaging privacy.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Right to Exclusion, Government Spaces, and Speech
by Torsha Sarkar published Jul 02, 2021 last modified Jul 02, 2021 12:05 PM — filed under: , ,
The conclusion of the litigation surrounding Trump blocking its critiques on Twitter brings to forefront two less-discussed aspects of intermediary liability: a) if social media platforms could be compelled to ‘carry’ speech under any established legal principles, thereby limiting their right to exclude users or speech, and b) whether users have a constitutional right to access social media spaces of elected officials. This essay analyzes these issues under the American law, as well as draws parallel for India, in light of the ongoing litigation around the suspension of advocate Sanjay Hegde’s Twitter account.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Submission to the Facebook Oversight Board in Case 2021-008-FB-FBR: Brazil, Health Misinformation and Lockdowns
by Tanvi Apte and Torsha Sarkar published Jun 30, 2021 last modified Jul 01, 2021 07:34 AM — filed under: , , ,
In this note, we answer questions set out by the Board, pursuant to case 2021-008-FB-FBR, which concerned a post made by a Brazilian sub-national health official, and raised questions on health misinformation and enforcement of Facebook's community standards.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry On the legality and constitutionality of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021
by Torsha Sarkar, Gurshabad Grover, Raghav Ahooja, Pallavi Bedi and Divyank Katira published Jun 21, 2021 last modified Jun 21, 2021 11:52 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This note examines the legality and constitutionality of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The analysis is consistent with previous work carried out by CIS on issues of intermediary liability and freedom of expression.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry New intermediary guidelines: The good and the bad
by Torsha Sarkar published Feb 26, 2021 last modified Mar 15, 2021 01:52 PM — filed under: , , , ,
In pursuance of the government releasing the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, this blogpost offers a quick rundown of some of the changes brought about the Rules, and how they line up with existing principles of best practices in content moderation, among others.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Twitter's India troubles show tough path ahead for digital platforms
by Aditya Sharma published Dec 31, 2020 last modified Jun 26, 2021 02:54 AM — filed under: , , ,
Twitter is in a standoff with Indian authorities over the government's new digital rules. Critics see the rules as an attempt to curb free speech, while others say more action is needed to hold tech giants accountable.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Donald Trump is attacking the social media giants; here’s what India should do differently
by Anna Liz Thomas and Gurshabad Grover published Jun 25, 2020 last modified Jun 25, 2020 09:07 AM — filed under: , ,
For a robust and rights-respecting public sphere, India needs to ensure that large social media platforms receive adequate protections, and are made more responsible to its users.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Why should we care about takedown timeframes?
by Torsha Sarkar published Apr 10, 2020 last modified Apr 10, 2020 04:58 AM — filed under: , ,
The issue of content takedown timeframe - the time period an intermediary is allotted to respond to a legal takedown order - has received considerably less attention in conversations about intermediary liability. This article examines the importance of framing an appropriate timeframe towards ensuring that speech online is not over-censored, and frames recommendations towards the same.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
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