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Shreya Singhal and 66A
Most software code has dependencies. Simple and reproducible methods exist for mapping and understanding the impact of these dependencies. Legal code also has ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Apr 19, 2015 08:09 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Don’t SLAPP free speech
IIPM is proving adept at the tactical use of lawsuits to stifle criticism, despite safeguards. THE DEPARTMENT of Telecommunications, on 14 February, issued ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Feb 28, 2013 11:22 AM — Filed under: , ,
CIS Response to ICANN's proposed renewal of .org Registry
We thank ICANN for the opportunity to comment on this issue of its proposed renewal of the .org Registry Agreement with the operator, Public Interest Registry ... by Akriti Bopanna last modified Apr 28, 2019 02:16 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Discussion on Ranking Digital Rights in India (Delhi, January 07)
Towards developing an understanding of how Indian ICT companies are recognising and upholding digital rights of their users, and to raise public awareness ... by Amber Sinha last modified Dec 29, 2016 07:07 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
India's ‘Facebook ruling’ is another nail in the coffin of the MNO model
Ability to access 'net from mobe no longer considered a miracle. by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 28, 2016 03:44 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Global Censorship Conference
The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School is holding a conference on global censorship from March 30 to April 1, 2012, at Yale Law ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 30, 2012 11:34 AM — Filed under: ,
Save Your Voice — A movement against Web censorship
‘Save Your Voice (SYV)’ is a movement against Web censorship and its main demand is the repealing of the Information Technology Act, said SYV founders, Aseem ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 13, 2012 11:44 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Arrest of girl over Thackeray FB update a clear misuse of Sec 295A
The arrest of 21-year-old Shaheen Dhada over her Facebook status update questioning the shutdown of Mumbai over Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray‘s death, is a ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 12:00 PM — Filed under: , ,
Women arrested for Facebook post: Did cops act under Sena pressure?
After Bal Thackeray's death, during the Mumbai Bandh, a 21-year-old criticised the shutdown on her Facebook page — her friend approved of it — next thing they ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 21, 2012 11:17 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Interview with Pranesh Prakash
Pranesh Prakash of the Centre for Internet and Society talks to Mint’s Surabhi Agarwal about the controversial Section 66A of the IT Act and the government’s ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 06:58 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Yes, You Can Get Arrested for a Facebook Status Update Now
A 21-year-old Indian woman thought Mumbai shouldn't have been shutdown for the funeral of an Islamophobic leader. Broadcasting such opinions on Facebook was ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 08:16 AM — Filed under: , ,
Govt tweaks enforcement of IT Act after spate of arrests
The government on Thursday tweaked the law to make it tougher for citizens to be arrested for online comments that are deemed offensive after recent arrests ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 08:27 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
The flaw in cyber law
Legal experts and netizens want the controversial clause in the IT Act to be scrapped after two Mumbai girls were arrested for a post on Facebook. by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 09:06 AM — Filed under: , ,
Draft nonsense
Seriously flawed and dodgily drafted provisions in the IT Act provide the state a stick to beat its citizens with. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 03, 2012 09:08 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
From Virtual to Reliable: Exploring Freedom and Facts in the World of WWW (World Wide Web)
An interactive seminar on internet freedom was organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Adaan Foundation on March 21, 2017 at the India ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 29, 2017 04:01 AM — Filed under: , ,
Censorship — A Death Knell for Freedom of Expression Online
On December 8, 2011, NDTV aired an interesting discussion on internet censorship. Shashi Tharoor, Soli Sorabjee, Shekhar Kapoor, Ken Ghosh and Sunil Abraham ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 19, 2011 10:12 AM — Filed under: ,
Free Speech Online in India under Attack?
When the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal suggested pre-censorship for a range of popular online platforms and ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 02, 2012 03:03 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Right to Exclusion, Government Spaces, and Speech
The conclusion of the litigation surrounding Trump blocking its critiques on Twitter brings to forefront two less-discussed aspects of intermediary liability: ... by Torsha Sarkar last modified Jul 02, 2021 12:05 PM — Filed under: , ,
Intermediary Liability in India: Chilling Effects on Free Expression on the Internet 2011
Intermediaries are widely recognised as essential cogs in the wheel of exercising the right to freedom of expression on the Internet. Most major jurisdictions ... by Rishabh Dara last modified Apr 21, 2012 06:05 PM — Filed under: , , ,
An Evidence based Intermediary Liability Policy Framework: Workshop at IGF
CIS is organising a workshop at the Internet Governance Forum 2014. The workshop will be an opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on the changing ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Jul 04, 2014 06:41 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , ,
Free Speech and Civil Defamation
Does defamation become a tool in powerful hands to suppress criticism? Gautam Bhatia examines the strict and unrealistic demands of defamation law, and ... by Gautam Bhatia last modified Jul 08, 2014 08:31 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
On the legality and constitutionality of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021
This note examines the legality and constitutionality of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The ... by Torsha Sarkar, Gurshabad Grover, Raghav Ahooja, Pallavi Bedi and Divyank Katira last modified Jun 21, 2021 11:52 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
So Much to Lose
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have been a witness to the maelstrom of events that accompanied the death of the political leader Bal Thackeray. by Nishant Shah last modified Dec 07, 2012 04:39 PM — Filed under: , , , ,
Girl's arrest draws flak on social media
The arrest of a 21-year-old girl by Mumbai police for criticizing the shutting down of the city following the death of Bal Thackeray come under fire from ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:04 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Internet users flay Mumbai girls' arrest over Facebook post
The arrest of two girls over their Facebook post on shutdown in Mumbai for Bal Thackeray's funeral on Monday again opened a can of worms with netizens calling ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:35 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Arrests over Facebook posts: Why we’re on a dangerous slide
The most bizarre thing about the arrest of Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan on Monday over a Facebook post that questioned the wisdom of a bandh to mark Shiv ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:47 AM — Filed under: , , ,
The Last Word: Is there a need to review Information Technology Act?
Does the high-handed arrest of two young girls mean it's time to review and revise the IT Act? by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 21, 2012 12:10 PM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Fixing India’s anarchic IT Act
Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act criminalizes “causing annoyance or inconvenience” online, among other things. A conviction for such an ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Nov 30, 2012 06:33 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Intermediary Liability Resources
We bring you a list of intermediary resources as part of research on internet governance. This blog post will be updated on an ongoing basis. by Elonnai Hickok last modified Jul 03, 2014 06:45 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Marco Civil da Internet: Brazil’s ‘Internet Constitution’
On March 25, 2014, Brazil's lower house of parliament passed bill no. 2126/2011, popularly known as Marco Civil da Internet. The Marco Civil is a charter of ... by Geetha Hariharan last modified Jun 19, 2014 10:38 AM — Filed under: , , , ,