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India's landmark online speech ruling is step toward greater press freedom
In an historic decision, India's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down part of a law used to silence criticism and free expression. While this marks a pivotal ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 29, 2015 12:55 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Three reasons why 66A verdict is momentous
Earlier this week, the fundamental right to freedom of expression posted a momentous victory. The nation's top court struck down the much-reviled Section 66A ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Mar 29, 2015 04:22 PM — Filed under: , , , ,
SECTION 66A: DELETE
The Supreme Court has killed a law that allowed the Government to control social media. What’s the Net worth of freedom hereafter? by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 30, 2015 01:32 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
You can still get into trouble for online posts: Digital law experts
The internet in India is freer now, but individuals could still to get into trouble for online posts, say digital media and law experts. Hailing the Supreme ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 02, 2015 01:44 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
India High Court: No Takedown Requests On Social Sites Without Court, Gov't Order
Indian police will no longer be able to threaten Internet users and online intermediaries with jail merely on the basis of a complaint that they have posted ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 03, 2015 06:18 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
Much confusion has resulted from the Section 66A verdict. Some people are convinced that online speech is now without any reasonable restrictions under Article ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Apr 17, 2015 01:44 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
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: , , , ,
The thrill of saving India from cybercrime
Geeks seize the chance to help the government, defence forces and banks draw up fences against tech crimes. by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 21, 2016 02:42 AM — 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: , , , ,
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: , ,
List of Chairman and Members of CRAC
Notification on the constitution of the "Cyber Regulation Advisory Committee" by Snehashish Ghosh last modified Dec 02, 2012 06:22 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: , , , ,
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: , , , , ,
Facebook launches FB Newswire for journalists; loses part of its immunity under IT Act 2000
A bus accident in California, a fire in New Jersey and another in Vasant Kunj, NASA's successful test flight of its vertical take-off and landing craft, a ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 06, 2014 05:41 AM — Filed under: , ,
SC seeks govt reply on PIL challenging powers of IT Act
Section 66A of the IT Act punishes sending offensive messages through communication services, including posts on social media websites like Facebook. by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 08, 2014 04:45 AM — Filed under: ,
Stats from 2014 reveal horror of scrapped section 66A of IT Act
An average of six netizens were arrested every day in 2014 for posting offensive content online under section 66A of the Information Technology Act, a ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 26, 2015 07:28 AM — Filed under: , ,
Govt likely to issue guidelines to clarify IT rules soon
Norms relate to the role of intermediaries such as telcos, Web service providers, others on hosting content online, writes Surabhi Agarwal. by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 20, 2012 05:24 AM — Filed under: ,
Analyzing the Latest List of Blocked Sites (Communalism and Rioting Edition) Part II
Snehashish Ghosh does a further analysis of the leaked list of the websites blocked by the Indian Government from August 18, 2012 till August 21, 2012 (“leaked ... by Snehashish Ghosh last modified Sep 27, 2012 10:42 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
Online Pre-Censorship is Harmful and Impractical
The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal wants Internet intermediaries to pre-censor content uploaded by their users. ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 12, 2011 05:00 PM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
Free Speech Policy in India: Community, Custom, Censorship, and the Future of Internet Regulation
This note summarises my panel contribution to the conference on Freedom of Expression in a Digital Age at New Delhi on 21 April 2015, which was organised by ... by Bhairav Acharya last modified Aug 23, 2015 10:12 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
66A ‘cut & paste job’
The controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act has borrowed words out of context from British and American laws, according to lawyers here who ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 11, 2012 05:43 AM — Filed under: ,
Hacktivists deface BSNL website
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) website, www.bsnl.co.in, was hacked and defaced on Thursday afternoon. by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 14, 2012 05:20 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Despite SC order, thousands booked under scrapped Sec 66A of IT Act
College student Danish Mohammed’s arrest this March under the scrapped Section 66A of the Information Technology Act for allegedly sharing a morphed picture of ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 07, 2016 03:31 PM — Filed under: ,
If all goes well, Indian IT Act may enter 21st century
The government is aiming to refresh the main law governing information technology by giving it a revamp which it hopes will bring it in tune with the times and ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 06, 2016 04:49 PM — Filed under: ,
Blocked websites: Where India flawed
Apart from not giving 48 hours response time, the Indian government has blocked some websites which don't exist or don't have web addresses, says an analyst. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 03:00 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Clarify and define terms in IT rules, panel tells govt.
In the wake of concerns that the government is increasingly using ambiguously-phrased terms in legal codes to crack down on online speech, the Parliament’s ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 03, 2013 10:02 AM — Filed under: ,
Arbitrary Arrests for Comment on Bal Thackeray's Death
Two girls have been arbitrarily and unlawfully arrested for making comments about the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's death. Pranesh Prakash explores ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jan 02, 2013 03:42 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Section 66F of the Information Technology Act, 2000
Section 66F: Punishment for cyber terrorism. by Snehashish Ghosh last modified Dec 02, 2012 09:39 AM — Filed under: ,
The real Sibal’s law: Resisting Section 66A is futile
The Information Technology Act is “substantially the same” as laws instituted in other democracies like UK and the United States. What’s more, the language ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 03, 2012 05:16 AM — Filed under: ,
Is the new ‘interception’ order old wine in a new bottle?
The government could always authorise intelligence agencies to intercept and monitor communications, but the lack of clarity is problematic. by Elonnai Hickok, Vipul Kharbanda, Shweta Mohandas and Pranav M. Bidare last modified Dec 29, 2018 04:02 PM — Filed under: , , , ,