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Facebook, Google tell India they won’t screen for derogatory content
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 07, 2011 05:25 AM — filed under: ,
In the world’s largest democracy, the government wants Internet sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google to screen and remove offensive content about religious figures and political leaders as soon as they learn about it. But those companies now say they can’t help.
FTN: Should social networking sites be censored?
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 08, 2011 05:32 AM — filed under: ,
Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal met the representatives of Facebook, Google and others seeking to device a screening mechanism. Sunil Abraham was on CNN-IBN from 10.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. speaking about freedom of expression in India.
Govt wants to scrub the Internet clean
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 07, 2011 — filed under: ,
Web advocacy groups, experts say govt’s move to evolve content guidelines amounts to censorship. This article by Surabhi Agarwal & Leslie D’monte was published in Livemint on 7 December 2011. Sunil Abraham has been quoted in this article.
Located in News & Media
Debate: Online content row-1
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 07, 2011 11:06 AM — filed under: ,
In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists Chandan Mitra, Editor-in-Chief, 'The Pioneer' & MP, BJP; Sabeer Bhatia, Co-founder, Hotmail; Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society; Ankit Fadia, Ethical Hacker; Suhel Seth, Managing Partner Counselage; Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, Cyber Media and Rajesh Charia, President, Internet Service Providers Association of India discuss the issue if the Government should make clear definition of what is objectionable to internet/social media companies and draw a clear distinction between communally incitable material and political censorship.
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India’s dreams of web censorship
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 06, 2011 last modified Mar 26, 2012 06:59 AM — filed under: ,
If you are offended by this post, please contact Kapil Sibal, India’s telecoms and IT minister, and he will make sure it is promptly taken down.
Blog Entry Comment by CIS at ACE on Presentation on French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 01, 2011 last modified Dec 01, 2011 11:59 AM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
The seventh session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Advisory Committee on Enforcement is being held in Geneva on November 30 and December 1, 2011. Pranesh Prakash responded to a presentation by Prof. Pierre Sirinelli of the École de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 on 'The French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting of December 16, 2009' with this comment.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
The Present — and Future — Dangers of India's Draconian New Internet Regulations
by Anja Kovacs published May 31, 2011 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:22 AM — filed under: , ,
The uproar surrounding India's Internet Control Rules makes clear that in the Internet age, as before, the active chilling of freedom of expression by the state is unacceptable in a democracy. Yet if India's old censorship regimes are to be maintained in this new context, the state will have little choice but to do just that. Are we ready to rethink the ways in which we deal with free speech and censorship as a society? Asks Anja Kovacs in this article, published in Caravan, 1 June 2011.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Rebuttal of DIT's Misleading Statements on New Internet Rules
by Pranesh Prakash published May 13, 2011 last modified Jul 11, 2012 01:18 PM — filed under: , , ,
The press statement issued on May 11 by the Department of Information Technology (DIT) on the furore over the newly-issued rules on 'intermediary due diligence' is misleading and is, in places, plainly false. We are presenting a point-by-point rebuttal of the DIT's claims.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
You Have the Right to Remain Silent
by Anja Kovacs published Apr 19, 2011 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:55 AM — filed under: , , ,
India has a long history of censorship that it justifies in the name of national security. But new laws governing the Internet are unreasonable and — given the multitude of online voices — poorly thought out, argues Anja Kovacs in this article published in the Sunday Guardian on 17 April 2011.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry RTI Applications on Blocking of Websites
by Pranesh Prakash published Mar 08, 2011 last modified Dec 21, 2012 06:34 AM — filed under: , , ,
In recent weeks, an increasing number of incidents have come to light on government-ordered blocking of websites. In one case involving Zone-H.org, it is clear who has ordered the block (a Delhi district court judge, as an interim order), even though the block itself is open to constitutional challenge. In all others cases, including the TypePad case, it is unclear who has ordered the block and why. We at CIS have sent in two right to information requests to find out.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog