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India should reconsider its proposed regulation of online content
The lack of technical considerations in the proposal is also apparent since implementing the proposal is infeasible for certain intermediaries. End-to-end ... by Gurshabad Grover last modified Jan 24, 2019 04:59 PM — Filed under: ,
Indian government orders ISPs to block 857 porn websites
The Indian government has ordered a large number of porn websites to be blocked, creating an uproar among users and civil rights groups in the country. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Sep 13, 2015 08:18 AM — Filed under: , ,
Proxies and VPNs: Why govt can't ban porn websites?
The government's move to block more than 800 pornographic websites has led experts to question whether this latest attempt to police the internet is even ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Sep 13, 2015 08:26 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Is free speech an Indian value?
Is freedom of speech and expression deeply accepted in Indian society? Or is it merely a European cultural import that made its way along with the English ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 30, 2013 07:18 AM — Filed under: ,
The freedom of expression debate: The State must mend fences with The Web
A fortnight after her arrest, Renu Srinivasan spends her free time singing Ashley Tisdale's number Suddenly. The lyrics - Suddenly people know my name, ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 07, 2013 10:30 AM — Filed under: , ,
Censorship makes India fall two places on global internet freedom chart
A recently released global report on the internet freedom rated India 39th in 2012, a slip from two places last year. by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 27, 2012 10:37 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
India blocks more than 250 Web sites for inciting hate, panic
Nearly 80 people have been killed and 400,000 displaced in fighting between Muslims and India’s Hindu Bodo tribespeople in Assam, a northeastern state of ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 22, 2012 04:38 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Analysing Latest List of Blocked Sites (Communalism & Rioting Edition)
Pranesh Prakash does preliminary analysis on a leaked list of the websites blocked from August 18, 2012 till August 21, 2012 by the Indian government. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Sep 06, 2012 11:52 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Examining the Constitutionality of the Ban on Broadcast of News by Private FM and Community Radio Stations
Gurshabad Grover and Torsha Sarkar along with Rajashri Seal and Neil Trivedi co-authored a paper that examined the constitutionality of the government ... by Gurshabad Grover, Torsha Sarkar, Rajashri Seal and Neil Trivedi last modified Sep 27, 2019 04:36 PM — Filed under: ,
Roundtable Discussion on Intermediary Liability
Tanaya Rajwade participated in a roundtable discussion on intermediary liability organised by SFLC and the Dialogue in New Delhi on October 17, 2019. by Admin last modified Oct 20, 2019 07:08 AM — Filed under: , ,
Trending Hate Against Muslims: Is Twitter Complicit?
Twitter claimed that it had ‘prevented’ the Hashtag while it had not. by Puja Bhattacharjee last modified Oct 23, 2019 12:54 AM — Filed under: ,
Department of Labour Interaction Program: Online Business Platforms
The Department of Labour convened an interaction program of sorts at Vikas Soudha in Bangalore on 21st October, 2019 to hear the issues plaguing the emergent ... by Bharath Gururagavendran last modified Oct 29, 2019 06:05 AM — Filed under: ,
CIS’ Comments to the Christchurch Call
In the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron co-chaired the ... by Tanaya Rajwade, Elonnai Hickok, and Raouf Kundil Peedikayil last modified Nov 04, 2019 02:13 PM — Filed under: , ,
Response to the Draft of The Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] 2018
In this response, we aim to examine whether the draft rules meet tests of constitutionality and whether they are consistent with the parent Act. We also ... by Gurshabad Grover, Elonnai Hickok, Arindrajit Basu, Akriti last modified Feb 07, 2019 08:06 AM — Filed under: , ,
Internet Speech: Perspectives on Regulation and Policy
The Centre for Internet & Society and the University of Munich (LMU), Germany are jointly organizing an international symposium at India Habitat Centre in New ... by Akriti Bopanna last modified Apr 01, 2019 04:38 PM — Filed under: , , , ,
Resurrecting the marketplace of ideas
There is no ‘silver bullet’ for regulating content on the web. It requires a mix of legal and empirical analysis. by Arindrajit Basu last modified Feb 22, 2019 02:18 AM — Filed under: , ,
Just Net Coalition Workshop on Equity and Social Justice in a Digital World
Anubha Sinha participated in a JNC workshop organized by Just Net Coalition Workshop on Equity and Social Justice in a Digital World and its partners in ... by Admin last modified Apr 05, 2019 02:22 PM — Filed under: ,
A look at two problematic provisions of the draft Anti-trafficking bill
This post examines two badly drafted provisions of the new Anti-Trafficking bill that have the potential to severely impinge upon the Freedom of Expression, ... by Swaraj Paul Barooah last modified Aug 18, 2018 09:21 AM — Filed under: , ,
Legitimate Restrictions on Freedom of Online Speech: Deadlock to Dialogue
The event was hosted by FICCI Communications and Digital Economy Committee on September 4, 2012 at FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi. Pranesh ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 15, 2012 05:44 AM — Filed under: , ,
On social media, Modi goes soft
“Truth stands on its own; it doesn’t need a prop.” Is this Mahatma Gandhi? No, it’s Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Twitter. Gujarat’s elections are ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 02, 2012 06:20 AM — Filed under: , ,
Freedom Song: Film Screening and Discussion
Freedom Song, a documentary film produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust and directed by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Subi Chaturvedi will be screened ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 15, 2013 06:51 AM — Filed under: , ,
Namaste, Mr. Eric Schmidt
An article by R. Jai Krishna published in the Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2013 quotes Sunil Abraham. by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 21, 2013 08:48 AM — Filed under: ,
Press controls ‘send wrong message to rest of world’
Britain could trigger an international media crackdown if the Government goes ahead with plans for a Royal Charter to introduce a new Press regulator, free ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2013 04:51 AM — Filed under: , ,
CIS Welcomes Standing Committee Report on IT Rules
The Centre for Internet and Society welcomes the report by the Standing Committee on Subordinate Legislation, in which it has lambasted the government and has ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Apr 03, 2013 10:54 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
GNI Assessment Finds ICT Companies Protect User Privacy and Freedom of Expression
Elonnai Hickok analyses a public report recently published by GNI on the independent assessment process for Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. The report finds ... by Elonnai Hickok last modified Jan 20, 2014 06:17 AM — Filed under: ,
Making the Powerful Accountable
If powerful figures are not subjected to transparent court proceedings, the opacity in the face of a critical issue is likely to undermine public faith in the ... by Chinmayi Arun last modified Jan 30, 2014 06:43 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
FOEX Live: June 1-7, 2014
A weekly selection of news on online freedom of expression and digital technology from across India (and some parts of the world). by Geetha Hariharan last modified Jun 07, 2014 01:33 PM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
Right to be forgotten poses a legal dilemma in India
The “right to be forgotten” judgment has raised a controversy, while some argue that it upholds an individual’s privacy, others say it leaves a lot of room for ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 09, 2014 10:02 AM — Filed under: , ,
Facebook: Limiting access to social media can restrict freedom of speech
In its counter-affidavit to the PIL in the Delhi high court, Facebook has argued that limiting access to social media can limit an individual's freedom of ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 08, 2013 04:07 AM — Filed under: , , ,
India debates limits to freedom of expression
From Google to Facebook, from world-famous author Salman Rushdie to a little-known political cartoonist, it has become increasingly easy in recent months to ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 28, 2012 09:50 AM — Filed under: ,