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India faces Twitter backlash over Internet clampdown
The government faced an angry backlash from Twitter users on Thursday after ordering Internet service providers to block about 20 accounts that officials said ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 28, 2012 09:56 AM — Filed under: , ,
Social media, SMS are not why NE students left Bangalore
I woke up one morning to find that I was living in a city of crisis. Bangalore, where the largest public preoccupations to date have been about bad roads, ... by Nishant Shah last modified Aug 28, 2012 10:48 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Facebook's Delicate Dance With Delhi On Censorship
At the end of last week, a hashtag briskly rose across India: #Emergency2012. It was a reference to the 21-month stint, beginning in the summer of 1975, when ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 03, 2012 04:39 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
The state. And the rage of the cyber demon
The Internet might be a Pandora’s box. But should the government be wasting time regulating the cacophony? by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 03, 2012 11:03 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Government to hold talks with stakeholders on Internet censorship
In an unprecedented move, the government, through the Department of Telecommunications and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, has agreed ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 03:39 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Government asks Twitter to block fake 'PMO India' accounts; site fails to respond
A standoff between the government and microblogging service Twitter, that has got India's online community up in arms, continues, as Twitter is still to act on ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 12:24 PM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Content takedown and users' rights
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 ... by Torsha Sarkar, Gurshabad Grover last modified Feb 17, 2020 05:18 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Internet Shutdown Stories
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) has published a collection of stories of the impact of internet shutdowns on people's lives in the country. This book ... by Ambika Tandon last modified Sep 03, 2019 09:57 AM — Filed under: , , ,
DeitY says 143 URLs have been Blocked in 2015; Procedure for Blocking Content Remains Opaque and in Urgent Need of Transparency Measures
Across India on 30 December 2014, following an order issued by the Department of Telecom (DOT), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) blocked 32 websites including ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Apr 30, 2015 07:37 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Anti-trafficking Bill may lead to censorship
There are a few problematic provisions in the proposed legislation—it may severely impact freedom of expression. by Swaraj Barooah and Gurshabad Grover last modified Aug 02, 2018 01:59 PM — Filed under: , ,
The block heads
An entire government department is on the job, but can it really take down ‘offending’ online content? by Prasad Krishna last modified May 07, 2015 11:51 AM — Filed under: , ,
Can Uber, Ola apps be blocked? Govt fighting cyber odds
The Delhi government is trying to block taxi hailing apps like Uber and Ola Cabs, but is it really possible? by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 14, 2015 09:52 AM — Filed under: , ,
DesiSec: Cybersecurity and Civil Society in India
As part of its project on mapping cyber security actors in South Asia and South East Asia, the Centre for Internet & Society conducted a series of interviews ... by Laird Brown last modified Jun 29, 2015 04:25 PM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
The generation of e-Emergency
The next generation of censorship technology is expected to be ‘real-time content manipulation’ through ISPs and Internet companies. by Sunil Abraham last modified Jun 29, 2015 04:40 PM — Filed under: , ,
Criminal Defamation: The Urgent Cause That has United Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Subramanian Swamy
Three years ago when the then Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy accused Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and his mother of misappropriation of funds ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 16, 2015 01:45 PM — Filed under: , , ,
India launches crackdown on online porn
India has launched a crackdown on internet pornography, banning access to more than 800 adult websites, including Playboy and Pornhub. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Aug 05, 2015 01:21 AM — Filed under: , ,
Nanny state rules porn bad for you
by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 05, 2015 01:39 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
J&K social media ban: Use of 132-year-old Act can’t stand judicial scrutiny, say experts
Jammu and Kashmir's social media ban: Legal experts are not convinced this is a viable order by Prasad Krishna last modified May 04, 2017 02:12 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Sense and Censorship
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills, at the US House of Representatives and Senate, respectively, appear to enforce property ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Jan 31, 2012 06:15 AM — Filed under: , ,
Game release cancelled over gay character
Electronic Arts stops accepting preorders for Dragon Age: Inquisition. by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 22, 2014 12:24 AM — Filed under: ,
Several Indian Twitter users' accounts suspended due to tech glitch
Twitter denies conspiracy theory, blames technical glitch for account suspensions by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 05, 2014 12:17 AM — Filed under: ,
India sees biggest improvement in Internet freedom, says report
Big stride ascribed to removal of restrictions imposed in 2013; globally, Internet freedom sees decline. by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 07, 2014 11:08 AM — Filed under: ,
Regulating Social Media: Unrealistic, Impossible, Necessary?
The Press Council of India Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju calls for regulating social media, saying it will prevent offensive material coming into the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 30, 2013 04:50 PM — Filed under: , , , , ,
The Internet Has a New Standard for Censorship
The introduction of the new 451 HTTP Error Status Code for blocked websites is a big step forward in cataloguing online censorship, especially in a country ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Jan 30, 2016 09:17 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Why India snubbed Facebook's free Internet offer
The social media giant wanted to give the people of India free access to a chunk of the Internet, but the people weren't interested. by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 27, 2016 07:49 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Vimeo Ban: More Web Censorship
When Indian users logged on to Vimeo and some other video-sharing websites Thursday morning, they were greeted by a rather unusual message: "Access to this ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 09:19 AM — Filed under: ,
Kapil Sibal & Co shoot down motion to kill IT Rules: cite terrorism, drugs
The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011 (The Rules) continue to breathe after the statutory motion to annul them moved by member of ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 09:45 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Twitter’s Censorship Move Aimed at Regaining China?
Twitter, the popular social networking site for micro-blogging, has announced it is open to content censorship and region-based filtering, if required by law. ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 30, 2012 04:54 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Do IT Rules 2011 indirectly leads to Censorship of Internet
Pranesh Prakash along with Dr. Arvind Gupta, National Convener, BJP IT Cell and Ms. Mishi Choudhary, Executive Director, SFLC participated in a panel ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 31, 2012 09:00 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
The Perils of 'Hactivism'
Civil disobedience includes accepting the penalty for breaking the law. Untraceable hackers are far removed from this ethic. by Chinmayi Arun last modified Aug 20, 2012 09:58 AM — Filed under: ,