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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: , , , , ,
Counter-proposal by the Centre for Internet and Society: Draft Information Technology (Intermediary Due Diligence and Information Removal) Rules, 2012
Any restriction on freedom of speech should embody and be guided by the following principles, as identified by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Apr 24, 2016 11:48 AM — Filed under: ,
Rebuttal of DIT's Misleading Statements on New Internet Rules
The press statement issued on May 11 by the Department of Information Technology (DIT) on the furore over the newly-issued rules on 'intermediary due ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jul 11, 2012 01:18 PM — 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: , ,
CIS Para-wise Comments on Intermediary Due Diligence Rules, 2011
On February 7th 2011, the Department of Information Technology, MCIT published draft rules on its website (The Information Technology (Due diligence observed ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jul 11, 2012 10:27 AM — Filed under: , ,
RTI Applications on Blocking of Websites
In recent weeks, an increasing number of incidents have come to light on government-ordered blocking of websites. In one case involving Zone-H.org, it is ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 21, 2012 06:34 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: , , ,
Akriti Bopanna attended ICANN 65 in Marrakech, Morocco from 24 - 27 June 2019. by Admin last modified Jul 06, 2019 01:08 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: , , , ,
Proposed Intermediary Liability Rules threat to privacy and free speech, global coalition tells MeitY
“We respectfully call on you to withdraw the draft amendments proposed to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules in December. As published, ... by Zaheer Merchant last modified Mar 20, 2019 03:56 PM — Filed under: , ,
DIDP #33 On ICANN's 2012 gTLD round auction fund
This DIDP was filed to inquire about the state of the funds ICANN received from the last gTLD auctions. by Akriti Bopanna last modified Jul 09, 2019 03:51 PM — Filed under: , ,
To preserve freedoms online, amend the IT Act
Look into the mechanisms that allow the government and ISPs to carry out online censorship without accountability. by Gurshabad Grover last modified Apr 16, 2019 10:09 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Stockholm Internet Forum 2019
Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) organized the Stockholm Internet Forum 2019 in Stockholm from 16 - 17 May 2019. Gurshabad Grover was a ... by Admin last modified Jun 05, 2019 04:15 AM — Filed under: , ,
The Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lectures
Chinmayi Arun was a speaker at the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lectures on 'India's Politics of Free Expression' in the University of Oxford on May 31 ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 09, 2013 03:35 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: , ,
A Technological Solution to the Challenges of Online Defamation
When people are insulted or humiliated on the Internet and decide to take legal action, their cases often follow a similar trajectory. by Eduardo Bertoni last modified Jul 02, 2013 02:47 PM — Filed under: ,
Statement of Solidarity on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Internet Users in Bangladesh
This is a statement on the violent attack on blogger Asif Mohiuddin by the participants to the Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jan 15, 2013 11:51 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: , ,
Is the govt bid to regulate content on the Internet a good thing?
The recent move by Union Minister Kapil Sibal to engage leading Internet platform providers like Google, Facebook, etc in regulating content has seen netizens ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 08, 2011 07:12 AM — 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: , , ,
Internet expert criticizes Indian cyber blockades
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 28, 2012 10:11 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
India Bans Mass SMS to Counter Panic
Last year social networking was credited with helping to organize revolutions across the Middle East and with getting normally apathetic middle-class Indians ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 07:29 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Northeast exodus: Is there a mechanism to pre-screen social media content?
The government has passed the blame buck on social media and blocked hundreds of websites, which it claims, hosted hate speech and inflammatory content, enough ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 04:06 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Is the govt caught in the 'censorship' web?
NDTV aired a one-hour debate on censorship in "We the People" episode hosted by Barkha Dutt on August 26, 2012. Pranesh Prakash participated in the discussions ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 06:54 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
India Debates Misuse of Social Media
India has blocked more than 250 websites after provocative online content spread panic among people from the country's northeast, prompting some of them to ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 12:13 PM — Filed under: , , , ,