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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
Blog Entry Mapping Web Censorship & Net Neutrality Violations
by Pranav M B published Oct 05, 2020 last modified Oct 05, 2020 07:59 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Investigating TLS blocking in India
by Simone Basso, Gurshabad Grover and Kushagra Singh published Jul 09, 2020 last modified Jul 09, 2020 01:23 AM — filed under: , ,
A study into Transport Layer Security (TLS)-based blocking by three popular Indian ISPs: ACT Fibernet, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio.
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
Blog Entry Reliance Jio is using SNI inspection to block websites
by Gurshabad Grover and Kushagra Singh published Nov 07, 2019 last modified Jul 09, 2020 01:31 AM — filed under:
Reliance Jio, the most popular ISP in India, is employing a deep packet inspection technique to block websites for its users.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
MHA snoop order & bid to amend IT rules: China-like clampdown or tracking unlawful content?
by Admin published Dec 30, 2018 — filed under: ,
An MHA order last week authorised 10 government agencies to scan data on computers. This was followed by the Modi government’s proposal to amend the Information Technology rules for social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to “proactively identify, remove or disable access to unlawful information or content” in order to curb fake news online.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
by Admin published Nov 16, 2018 last modified Dec 14, 2018 02:05 AM — filed under: , ,
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) organized the IETF103 in Bangkok from November 3 to November 9, 2018. Gurshabad Grover attended the event.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Reliance-Jio Users Complain Of Porn Websites Being Blocked; Company Yet To Issue Official Statement
by Admin published Oct 29, 2018 — filed under: ,
Going by a lot of Jio network users, it seems that Mukesh Ambani’s Jio has banned hundreds of porn sites, in compliance with the order of the Department of Telecommunications.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry A trust deficit between advertisers and publishers is leading to fake news
by Sunil Abraham published Sep 24, 2018 last modified Oct 02, 2018 06:44 AM — filed under: , ,
Transparency regulations is need of the hour. And urgently for election and political advertising. What do the ads look like? Who paid for them? Who was the target? How many people saw these advertisements? How many times? Transparency around viral content is also required.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry India’s post-truth society
by Swaraj Paul Barooah published Sep 12, 2018 — filed under: , ,
The proliferation of lies and manipulative content supplies an ever-willing state a pretext to step up surveillance.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog