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India seeks a tighter grip on social media
India, with the world's third largest number of Facebook users, is clamping down on social media after recent posting of inflammatory videos on Web sites. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 25, 2012 03:02 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Govt in line of fire over web censorship
Social media abuzz with allegations of government gagging free speech in the garb of curbing hate messages. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 25, 2012 03:13 AM — Filed under: , , ,
How ISPs block websites and why it doesn’t help
Banning websites is ineffective against malicious users as workarounds are easy and well known. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 25, 2012 06:56 AM — Filed under: , , ,
What lurks beneath the Network
There is a series of buzzwords that have become a naturalised part of discussions around digital social media—participation, collaboration, peer-2-peer, ... by Nishant Shah last modified Aug 25, 2012 07:10 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Tweets and twits
The orders issued by the Ministry of Communication and IT to block more than 300 items on the Internet, including Twitter handles, Facebook pages, YouTube ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 25, 2012 07:45 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Regulating the Internet by fiat
The Union government’s move to ban or block 310 online entities is worrisome. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 26, 2012 10:13 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Inde: la tentative de contrôler l'internet est "illégale"
Des spécialistes de l'internet ont qualifié vendredi de "complètement illégale" la tentative du gouvernement indien de bloquer des messages et des vidéos ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 26, 2012 10:50 AM — Filed under: , ,
India: Social Media Censorship to Contain ‘Cyber-Terrorism'?
This is the second post in the 2-part series about the perceived role of social media in the wake of the Assam clashes that spilled across the country and ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 03:36 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Delhi defends Internet blocking
India on Friday defended itself against accusations of heavy-handed online censorship, saying it had been successful in blocking content blamed for fuelling ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 04:13 AM — Filed under: , ,
Internet clamp outrage
The Indian government's attempts to block social media accounts and websites that it blames for spreading panic have been inept and possibly illegal, a top ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 05:13 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Criticism mounts over India censorship
India’s government is facing fierce criticism from privacy groups, political opponents and irate internet users accusing it of an excessive and poorly targeted ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 06:38 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Tata Photon unblocks Wordpress.com
As of yesterday, the Tata Photon service of the Internet service provider (ISP) Tata Teleservices seems to have lifted the block it had put on the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 03, 2012 01:53 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Internet Analysts Question India’s Efforts to Stem Panic
The Indian government’s efforts to stem a weeklong panic among some ethnic minorities has again put it at odds with Internet companies like Google, Facebook ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 11:46 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
India limits social media after civil unrest
Indian officials have gone too far in limiting text messages and pressuring local Internet firms as well as Twitter and others to block accounts, critics say. by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 11:59 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
DIT's Response to RTI on Website Blocking
For the first time in India, we have a list of websites that are blocked by order of the Indian government. This data was received from the Department of ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:13 AM — Filed under: , , ,
The Present — and Future — Dangers of India's Draconian New Internet Regulations
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 ... by Anja Kovacs last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:22 AM — Filed under: , ,
You Have the Right to Remain Silent
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 ... by Anja Kovacs last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:55 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Comments on the Draft Rules under the Information Technology Act
The Centre for Internet and Society commissioned an advocate, Ananth Padmanabhan, to produce a comment on the Draft Rules that have been published by the ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Sep 21, 2011 06:13 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Primer on the New IT Act
With this draft information bulletin, we briefly discuss some of the problems with the Information Technology Act, and invite your comments. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:41 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Chilling Effects and Frozen Words
What if the real danger is not that we lose our freedom of speech and expression but our sense of humour as a nation? Lawrence Liang's op-ed was published in ... by Lawrence Liang last modified Apr 30, 2012 07:32 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Indian govt blocks 40 smut sites, forgets to give reason
Don't mind us, we're just censoring your content for you... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 01, 2013 09:04 AM — Filed under: , ,
Govt goes after porn, makes ISPs ban sites
The government has decided to put a blanket ban on several websites that allow users to share pornographic content. by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 01, 2013 10:11 AM — Filed under: , ,
Indian surveillance laws & practices far worse than US
Explosive would be just the word to describe the revelations by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jul 12, 2013 11:09 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Is freedom of expression under threat in digital age?
With social networking site Facebook boasting of 1 billion members globally and micro-blogging site Twitter claiming millions, opinion was divided on whether ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 17, 2013 06:16 AM — Filed under: , ,
Web of Sameness
The social Web has been an ominous space at the start of 2013. It has been awash with horror, pain and grief. The recent gang rape and death of a medical ... by Nishant Shah last modified Jan 18, 2013 06:17 AM — Filed under: ,
Govt vs Tweeple: Has clampdown hit free speech?
Has the Government crossed the line by ordering the blocking of several Twitter accounts, many belonging to prominent journalists? The debate was featured in ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 24, 2012 12:46 PM — Filed under: , ,
Govt orders blocking of 300 specific URLs including 16 Twitter accounts
The government stepped up its efforts to stop what it feels is an online campaign of misinformation and rumour mongering in the wake of lower Assam riots and ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 24, 2012 01:29 PM — Filed under: , , ,
NE exodus: List containing 309 blocked URLs leaks online
Latest reports coming in have confirmed that a list containing 309 URLs, whose ban the government had sought in light of the Assam violence and the subsequent ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 24, 2012 01:37 PM — Filed under: , , ,
India's social media crackdown reveals clumsy govt machinery
"High-handed" and "reckless" are some of the words used in the media to describe the government's online crackdown. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 25, 2012 06:11 AM — Filed under: , , ,
India threatens action against Twitter for ethnic violence 'rumors'
India threatened to take action on Thursday against Twitter over content alleged to have inflamed ethnic tensions, as leaked documents revealed the government ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 02:52 AM — Filed under: , , ,