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Indians Rank Second For Online Snooping
Indians rank second globally when it comes to seeking details of private individuals online, as per Google transparency report. by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 06:10 AM — Filed under: ,
Interview with Pranesh Prakash
Pranesh Prakash of the Centre for Internet and Society talks to Mint’s Surabhi Agarwal about the controversial Section 66A of the IT Act and the government’s ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 06:58 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Yes, You Can Get Arrested for a Facebook Status Update Now
A 21-year-old Indian woman thought Mumbai shouldn't have been shutdown for the funeral of an Islamophobic leader. Broadcasting such opinions on Facebook was ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 08:16 AM — Filed under: , ,
Govt tweaks enforcement of IT Act after spate of arrests
The government on Thursday tweaked the law to make it tougher for citizens to be arrested for online comments that are deemed offensive after recent arrests ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 08:27 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Intermediary Liability in India: Chilling Effects on Free Expression on the Internet 2011
Intermediaries are widely recognised as essential cogs in the wheel of exercising the right to freedom of expression on the Internet. Most major jurisdictions ... by Rishabh Dara last modified Apr 21, 2012 06:05 PM — Filed under: , , ,
FOEX Live
Selections of news on online freedom of expression and digital technology from across India (and some parts of the world) by Geetha Hariharan last modified Jul 07, 2014 12:36 PM — Filed under: , , , , , , , ,
Delhi High Court Orders Blocking of Websites after Sony Complains Infringement of 2014 FIFA World Cup Telecast Rights
Of late the Indian judiciary has been issuing John Doe orders to block websites, most recently in Multi Screen Media v. Sunit Singh and Others. The order ... by Anubha Sinha last modified Jul 08, 2014 07:02 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Free Speech and Civil Defamation
Does defamation become a tool in powerful hands to suppress criticism? Gautam Bhatia examines the strict and unrealistic demands of defamation law, and ... by Gautam Bhatia last modified Jul 08, 2014 08:31 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
So Much to Lose
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have been a witness to the maelstrom of events that accompanied the death of the political leader Bal Thackeray. by Nishant Shah last modified Dec 07, 2012 04:39 PM — Filed under: , , , ,
Girl's arrest draws flak on social media
The arrest of a 21-year-old girl by Mumbai police for criticizing the shutting down of the city following the death of Bal Thackeray come under fire from ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:04 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Internet users flay Mumbai girls' arrest over Facebook post
The arrest of two girls over their Facebook post on shutdown in Mumbai for Bal Thackeray's funeral on Monday again opened a can of worms with netizens calling ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:35 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Arrests over Facebook posts: Why we’re on a dangerous slide
The most bizarre thing about the arrest of Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan on Monday over a Facebook post that questioned the wisdom of a bandh to mark Shiv ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:47 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: , , , , ,
Fixing India’s anarchic IT Act
Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act criminalizes “causing annoyance or inconvenience” online, among other things. A conviction for such an ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Nov 30, 2012 06:33 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Two Arguments Against the Constitutionality of Section 66A
Gautam Bhatia explores the constitutionality of Section 66A in light of recent events. by Gautam Bhatia last modified Jun 04, 2014 03:42 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Government may tieup with global police, Interpol to fight child pornography
International partnerships, including with the global police network Interpol, could be the basis for India's strategy to counter child pornography after the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 27, 2015 10:25 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Hiding behind rules on naming sites it banned, govt reveals fears
With the union government's ban on 857 porn sites in July creating brouhaha across the country, there had been a concern over the voice of the youth being ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 27, 2015 10:59 AM — Filed under: ,
Indian PM Narendra Modi’s digital dream gets bad reception
As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Silicon Valley’s most powerful chief executives this week how his government “attacked poverty by using the power ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 29, 2015 03:23 PM — Filed under: , ,
Dark days for the creative class in India: Siddiqui
As India’s literacy rate improves, governments, courts, media, publishers and big business are all stifling free speech. by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 17, 2014 09:14 AM — Filed under: ,
MPs oppose curbs on internet; Sibal promises discussions
With MPs raising concerns over open-ended interpretations of restrictive terms in the rules seeking to regulate social media and internet, the government ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 10:25 AM — Filed under: , ,
You will need a license to create a WhatsApp group in Kashmir
The internet rights activists have criticised the move stating it as unconstitutional. by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 21, 2016 02:34 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Hackers Take Protest to Indian Streets and Cyberspace
First there was self-styled Gandhian activist Anna Hazare who took to the streets to protest corruption. Now a group agitating against censorship on the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 18, 2012 04:02 AM — Filed under: , ,
Anonymous joins protests against Internet shutdown in Kashmir
Hacktivist group Anonymous joined thousands of others to protest the shutdown of internet services in Kashmir for the fourth consecutive day by authorities ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 01, 2013 04:46 AM — Filed under: , ,
Online Abuse of Teen Girls in Kashmir Leads to Arrests
Online abuse and a fatwa aimed at a rock band of Muslim teenage girls in Kashmir have led to arrests and a threat of a lawsuit. by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 06, 2013 03:51 AM — Filed under: , ,
Censorship and sensibility in India
The past few weeks in India have seen films, an all-girl rock band, a fashion show, a Booker prize-winning novelist and a reputed academic become targets of ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 06, 2013 04:09 AM — Filed under: ,
Stop Press Carousel
The silent blocking of URLs by the DoT assaults freedom of expression. by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 06, 2013 04:27 AM — Filed under: ,
Mapping Web Censorship & Net Neutrality Violations
by Pranav M B last modified Oct 05, 2020 07:59 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Respite from Internet Censorship?
Of late, a lot of the blocked websites have started reappearing. So should we sit back and relax? We take a look at how it's not really the start of something ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 10, 2012 03:51 PM — Filed under: , ,
Text of DIT's Response to Second RTI on Website Blocking
CIS had filed a request under the Right to Information Act with the government, asking a number of questions relating to blocking of content under the IT Act. ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Oct 28, 2011 02:37 PM — Filed under: , ,
The Humpty-Dumpty Censorship of Television in India
The Modi government’s attack on Sathiyam TV is another manifestation of the Indian state’s paranoia of the medium of film and television, and consequently, the ... by Bhairav Acharya last modified Nov 29, 2015 08:37 AM — Filed under: , ,