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Blog Entry Beyond Public Squares, Dumb Conduits, and Gatekeepers: The Need for a New Legal Metaphor for Social Media
by Amber Sinha published May 31, 2021 — filed under: ,
In the past few years, social networking sites have come to play a central role in intermediating the public’s access to and deliberation of information critical to a thriving democracy. In stark contrast to early utopian visions which imagined that the internet would create a more informed public, facilitate citizen-led engagement, and democratize media, what we see now is the growing association of social media platforms with political polarization and the entrenchment of racism, homophobia, and xenophobia.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
File Beyond Public Squares, Dumb Conduits, and Gatekeepers: The Need for a New Legal Metaphor for Social Media
by Amber Sinha published May 31, 2021 — filed under:
Located in Internet Governance / Files
Blog Entry Regulating Sexist Online Harassment as a Form of Censorship
by Amber Sinha published May 31, 2021 — filed under: , ,
This paper is part of a series under IT for Change’s project, Recognize, Resist, Remedy: Combating Sexist Hate Speech Online. The series, titled Rethinking Legal-Institutional Approaches to Sexist Hate Speech in India, aims to create a space for civil society actors to proactively engage in the remaking of online governance, bringing together inputs from legal scholars, practitioners, and activists. The papers reflect upon the issue of online sexism and misogyny, proposing recommendations for appropriate legal-institutional responses. The series is funded by EdelGive Foundation, India and International Development Research Centre, Canada.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
File Regulating Sexist Online Harassment: A Model of Online Harassment as a Form of Censorship
by Amber Sinha published May 31, 2021 — filed under: , ,
Located in Internet Governance / Files
Women on Covid lists get lewd calls and messages
by Prasad Krishna published May 24, 2021 — filed under: ,
Perverts are eating into precious time in the middle of a pandemic and adding to the overall anxiety.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Comments and recommendations to the Guidelines for “Influencer Advertising on Digital Media”
by Torsha Sarkar and Shweta Mohandas published Apr 05, 2021 last modified Apr 05, 2021 09:58 AM — filed under: ,
In February, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) had issued draft rules for regulation of digital influencers, with an aim to "understand the peculiarities of [online] advertisements and the way consumers view them", as well as to ensure that: "consumers must be able to distinguish when something is being promoted with an intention to influence their opinion or behaviour for an immediate or eventual commercial gain". In lieu of this, we presented our responses.
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
Blog Entry The PDP Bill 2019 Through the Lens of Privacy by Design
by Saumyaa Naidu, Akash Sheshadri, Shweta Mohandas, and Pranav M Bidare; Edited by Arindrajit Basu, Shweta Reddy; With inputs from Amber Sinha published Nov 12, 2020 last modified Nov 13, 2020 07:51 AM — filed under: , , ,
This paper evaluates the PDP Bill based on the Privacy by Design approach. It examines the implications of Bill in terms of the data ecosystem it may lead to, and the visual interface design in digital platforms. This paper focuses on the notice and consent communication suggested by the Bill, and the role and accountability of design in its interpretation.
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Blog Entry The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Demanding your Data
by Rekha Jain published Nov 10, 2020 — filed under: , ,
The increasing digitalization of the economy and ubiquity of the Internet, coupled with developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) has given rise to transformational business models across several sectors.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Reclaiming AI Futures: Call for Contributions and Provocations
by Divij Joshi published Nov 09, 2020 last modified Nov 18, 2020 09:04 AM — filed under: ,
CIS is pleased to share this call for contributions by Mozilla Fellow Divij Joshi. CIS will be working with Divij to edit, collate, and finalise this publication. This publication will add to Divij’s work as part of the AI observatory. The work is entirely funded by Divij Joshi.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog