Centre for Internet & Society

Counter-comments to Traffic Management Practices (TMPs) and Multi-Stakeholder Body for Net Neutrality

by Torsha Sarkar and Kanav Khanna

This submission presents counter-comments by CIS in response to the consultation paper floated by the TRAI on the topic of ‘Traffic Management Practices (TMPs) and Multi-Stakeholder Body for Net Neutrality’. These counter-comments take stock of the submissions made by commentators on these issue, and also CIS’ previous work on areas of net neutrality.

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How the Data Protection Bill Regulates Social Media Platforms

by Tanaya Rajwade and Gurshabad Grover

The Bill gives the Centre the power to designate certain social media intermediaries as significant data fiduciaries.

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Content takedown and users' rights

by Torsha Sarkar, Gurshabad Grover

After Shreya Singhal v Union of India, commentators have continued to question the constitutionality of the content takedown regime under Section 69A of the IT Act (and the Blocking Rules issued under it). There has also been considerable debate around how the judgement has changed this regime: specifically about (i) whether originators of content are entitled to a hearing, (ii) whether Rule 16 of the Blocking Rules, which mandates confidentiality of content takedown requests received by intermediaries from the Government, continues to be operative, and (iii) the effect of Rule 16 on the rights of the originator and the public to challenge executive action. In this opinion piece, we attempt to answer some of these questions.

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