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The Last Word: Is there a need to review Information Technology Act?
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 21, 2012 last modified Nov 21, 2012 12:10 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
Does the high-handed arrest of two young girls mean it's time to review and revise the IT Act?
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The noose tightens on freedom of speech on the Internet
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 27, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
A WORRYING trend has emerged in the last few years, where intermediaries around the world are being used as chokepoints to restrict freedom of expression online, and to hold users accountable for content.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
The real Sibal’s law: Resisting Section 66A is futile
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 30, 2012 last modified Dec 03, 2012 05:16 AM — filed under: ,
The Information Technology Act is “substantially the same” as laws instituted in other democracies like UK and the United States. What’s more, the language that is employed in various sections is exactly the same. Thus was the thrust of Kapil Sibal’s defense of Section 66A on NDTV last night.
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Blog Entry The Supreme Court Judgment in Shreya Singhal and What It Does for Intermediary Liability in India?
by Jyoti Panday published Apr 11, 2015 last modified Apr 17, 2015 11:59 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
Even as free speech advocates and users celebrate the Supreme Court of India's landmark judgment striking down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act of 2000, news that the Central government has begun work on drafting a new provision to replace the said section of the Act has been trickling in.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
The thrill of saving India from cybercrime
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 21, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Geeks seize the chance to help the government, defence forces and banks draw up fences against tech crimes.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Three reasons why 66A verdict is momentous
by Pranesh Prakash published Mar 29, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Earlier this week, the fundamental right to freedom of expression posted a momentous victory. The nation's top court struck down the much-reviled Section 66A of the IT Act — which criminalized communications that are "grossly offensive", cause "annoyance", etc — as "unconstitutionally vague", "arbitrarily, excessively, and disproportionately" encumbering freedom of speech, and likely to have a "chilling effect" on legitimate speech.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry To preserve freedoms online, amend the IT Act
by Gurshabad Grover published Apr 16, 2019 — filed under: , , ,
Look into the mechanisms that allow the government and ISPs to carry out online censorship without accountability.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry TRAI and the Disclosure of Personal Information
by Nehaa Chaudhari and Vidushi Marda published May 10, 2015 — filed under: , , ,
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in March 2015 invited comments on its Consultation Paper for the regulation of over-the-top (OTT) services. In an unprecedented wave of public participation, TRAI received over a million e-mails in support of net neutrality.
Located in Telecom / Blog
Blog Entry TV versus Social Media: The Rights and Wrongs
by Sunil Abraham published Jan 21, 2013 — filed under: , , ,
For most ordinary Netizens, everyday speech on social media has as much impact as graffiti in a toilet, and therefore employing the 'principle of equivalence' will result in overregulation of new media.
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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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