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Arrest of girl over Thackeray FB update a clear misuse of Sec 295A
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 20, 2012 — filed under: , ,
The arrest of 21-year-old Shaheen Dhada over her Facebook status update questioning the shutdown of Mumbai over Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray‘s death, is a clear misapplication of section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code (“outrage religious feelings of any class”), according to Pranesh Prakash of the Centre for Internet and Society.
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Arrested for tweeting: Legitimate or Curbing Free Speech?
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 02, 2012 — filed under: , ,
As a man in Puducherry is arrested for allegedly posting on Twitter that MR Chidambaram's son had amassed wealth more than that of Robert Vadra, we discuss whether freedom of speech is absolute.
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Arrests over Facebook posts: Why we’re on a dangerous slide
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 20, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
The most bizarre thing about the arrest of Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan on Monday over a Facebook post that questioned the wisdom of a bandh to mark Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray‘s death is that no laws were actually violated by the post.
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Blocked websites: Where India flawed
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 27, 2012 last modified Aug 27, 2012 03:00 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Apart from not giving 48 hours response time, the Indian government has blocked some websites which don't exist or don't have web addresses, says an analyst.
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Blocking Twitter: How Internet Service Providers & telcos were caught between tweets and tall egos
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 25, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
Long derided as 'dumb pipes' to the Web, Internet service providers (ISPs) are discovering these days that insult is being increasingly followed up by injury.
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Blog Entry Breaking Down Section 66A of the IT Act
by Pranesh Prakash published Nov 25, 2012 last modified Dec 14, 2012 09:51 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which prescribes 'punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.' is widely held by lawyers and legal academics to be unconstitutional. In this post Pranesh Prakash explores why that section is unconstitutional, how it came to be, the state of the law elsewhere, and how we can move forward.
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Campaign against curbs on websites gathers steam
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 25, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
For political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and his blogger-cum-journalist friend Alok Dixit, who both ran a website against corruption, a tryst with the blind side of law triggered their mission against “gagging” of the new-age Indian Internet user.
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Blog Entry Can India Trust Its Government on Privacy?
by Pranesh Prakash published Jul 15, 2013 — filed under: , , ,
In response to criticisms of the Centralized Monitoring System, India’s new surveillance program, the government could contend that merely having the capability to engage in mass surveillance won’t mean that it will. Officials will argue that they will still abide by the law and will ensure that each instance of interception will be authorized.
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Censorship — A Death Knell for Freedom of Expression Online
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 19, 2011 — filed under: ,
On December 8, 2011, NDTV aired an interesting discussion on internet censorship. Shashi Tharoor, Soli Sorabjee, Shekhar Kapoor, Ken Ghosh and Sunil Abraham participated in this discussion with NDTV's Sonia Singh.
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Censorship makes India fall two places on global internet freedom chart
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 27, 2012 — filed under: , , , ,
A recently released global report on the internet freedom rated India 39th in 2012, a slip from two places last year.
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