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Facebook Free Basics vs Net Neutrality: The top arguments in the debate
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 07, 2016 — filed under: , , , , ,
On Twitter, there's a whole conversation around Facebook Free Basics and whether zero-rating platforms should be allowed in India. Here's a look at the debate.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Facebook Free Basics: Gatekeeping Powers Extend to Manipulating Public Discourse
by Vidushi Marda published Jan 09, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
15 million people have come online through Free Basics, Facebook's zero rated walled garden, in the past year. "If we accept that everyone deserves access to the internet, then we must surely support free basic internet services. Who could possibly be against this?" asks Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in a recent op-ed defending Free Basics.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Facebook goes out all guns blazing in push for Free Basics, Net neutrality advocates cry foul
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 29, 2015 — filed under: , ,
Facebook's media onslaught to garner support for its controversial Free Basics program is almost inescapable. Multi-page ads in national dailies, outdoor hoardings, television spots and perhaps the most effective of them all - Facebook notifications.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Facebook launches FB Newswire for journalists; loses part of its immunity under IT Act 2000
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 26, 2014 last modified May 06, 2014 05:41 AM — filed under: , ,
A bus accident in California, a fire in New Jersey and another in Vasant Kunj, NASA's successful test flight of its vertical take-off and landing craft, a ceremony to honour the sherpas who died during an avalanche at the Everest last week, and, Israel's suspension of talks with Palestinian authorities. These were some of the news that were disseminated on the first day of Facebook's newest social tool: a newswire to aid journalists and newsrooms.
Located in News & Media
Blog Entry Facebook's Fall from Grace: Arab Spring to Indian Winter
by Sunil Abraham published Feb 11, 2016 last modified Feb 11, 2016 03:51 PM — filed under: , , ,
Facebook’s Free Basics has been permanently banned in India! The Indian telecom regulator, TRAI has issued the world’s most stringent net neutrality regulation! To be more accurate, there is more to come from TRAI in terms of net neutrality regulations especially for throttling and blocking but if the discriminatory tariff regulation is anything to go by we can expect quite a tough regulatory stance against other net neutrality violations as well.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Facebook’s Fight to Be Free
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 31, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
In India, Mark Zuckerberg can’t give Internet access away.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Facebook’s Free Basics hits snag in India
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 15, 2016 — filed under: , , , ,
Indian regulators have dealt a major blow to Facebook’s controversial Free Basics online access plan by forbidding so-called differential pricing by internet companies, in effect banning the programme in the country.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Facebook’s Free Basics Shuts Down In Egypt, Continuing Troubled Run
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 03, 2016 — filed under: , ,
The report was published by TV Newsroom on January 1, 2016. Pranesh Prakash gave inputs.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Facebook’s Free Internet Access Program in Developing Countries Provokes Backlash
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 29, 2015 — filed under: ,
In India and Indonesia, users criticize Internet.org initiative, saying it violates the principles of net neutrality.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Facebook: Limiting access to social media can restrict freedom of speech
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 08, 2013 — filed under: , , ,
In its counter-affidavit to the PIL in the Delhi high court, Facebook has argued that limiting access to social media can limit an individual's freedom of speech and expression.
Located in News & Media