Centre for Internet & Society

Event Report: How Safe is Your Harbour? Discussions on Intermediary Liability and User Rights

by Anna Liz Thomas, Shubhika Saluja, Kanav Khanna and Dipto Ghosh

This report provides an overview of the proceedings and outcomes of the panel discussions on intermediary liability, organised at The Energy Research Institute’s (TERI) in Bangalore, on 20 January 2020.

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Investigating TLS blocking in India

by Simone Basso, Gurshabad Grover and Kushagra Singh

A study into Transport Layer Security (TLS)-based blocking by three popular Indian ISPs: ACT Fibernet, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio.

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Towards Algorithmic Transparency

by Radhika Radhakrishnan, and Amber Sinha

This policy brief examines the issue of transparency as a key ethical component in the development, deployment, and use of Artificial Intelligence.

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Response to the ‘Call for Comments’ on The Santa Clara Principles on Transparency and Accountability

by Torsha Sarkar and Suhan S

The Santa Clara Principles on Transparency and Accountability, proposed in 2018, provided a robust framework of transparency reporting for online companies dealing with user-generated content. In 2020, the framework underwent a period of consultation "to determine whether the Santa Clara Principles should be updated for the ever-changing content moderation landscape." In lieu of this, we presented our responses, which are in-line with our previous research and findings on transparency reporting of online companies, especially in context of the Indian digital space.

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Remove misinformation, but be transparent please!

by Torsha Sarkar

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen an extensive proliferation of misinformation and misleading information on the internet - which in turn has highlighted a heightened need for online intermediaries to promptly and effectively deploy its content removal mechanisms. This blogpost examines how this necessity may affect the best practices of transparency reporting and obligations of accountability that these online intermediaries owe to their users, and formulates recommendations to allow preservation of information regarding Covid-19 related content removal, for future research.

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Donald Trump is attacking the social media giants; here’s what India should do differently

by Anna Liz Thomas and Gurshabad Grover

For a robust and rights-respecting public sphere, India needs to ensure that large social media platforms receive adequate protections, and are made more responsible to its users.

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Cryptocurrencies in India get a second wind

by Vipul Kharbanda

An analysis of the Supreme Court judgment cryptocurrency judgment.

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The debate over internet governance and cyber crimes: West vs the rest?

by Elizabeth Dominic

The post looks at the two models proposed for internet governance and the role of cyber crimes in shaping the debate. In this context, it will also critically analyze the Budapest Convention (the “convention”) and the recently proposed Russian Resolution (the “resolution”), and the strategies adopted in each to deal with the menace of cybercrimes. It will also briefly discuss India’s stances on these issues.

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Freedom of Expression in India: Key Research and Findings

by Torsha Sarkar

Over the last two years, CIS has carried out critical research on the issue of freedom of expression in India. We have continued our work on intermediary liability, as well as expanded our expertise to emerging areas, like online extreme speech. Researchers have also closely tracked developments around internet shutdowns, and the impact of social media and data on democratic processes in the country.

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Essay: Watching Corona or Neighbours? - Introducing ‘Lateral Surveillance’ during COVID-19

by Mira Swaminathan and Shubhika Saluja

Surveillance is already suspected to have become the ‘new normal’ considering the extensive amounts of money that is being invested by governments around the globe. The only way out of this pandemic is to take a humane approach to surveillance wherein the discriminatory tendencies of the people while spreading information about those infected are factored in to prevent excessive harm.

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