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Blog Entry Why should we care about takedown timeframes?
by Torsha Sarkar published Apr 10, 2020 last modified Apr 10, 2020 04:58 AM — filed under: , ,
The issue of content takedown timeframe - the time period an intermediary is allotted to respond to a legal takedown order - has received considerably less attention in conversations about intermediary liability. This article examines the importance of framing an appropriate timeframe towards ensuring that speech online is not over-censored, and frames recommendations towards the same.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Content takedown and users' rights
by Torsha Sarkar, Gurshabad Grover published Feb 14, 2020 last modified Feb 17, 2020 05:18 AM — filed under: , , ,
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 Act (and the Blocking Rules issued under it). There has also been considerable debate around how the judgement has changed this regime: specifically about (i) whether originators of content are entitled to a hearing, (ii) whether Rule 16 of the Blocking Rules, which mandates confidentiality of content takedown requests received by intermediaries from the Government, continues to be operative, and (iii) the effect of Rule 16 on the rights of the originator and the public to challenge executive action. In this opinion piece, we attempt to answer some of these questions.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry A Deep Dive into Content Takedown Timeframes
by Torsha Sarkar published Dec 03, 2019 last modified May 20, 2020 09:40 AM — filed under: , ,
Since the 1990s, internet usage has seen a massive growth, facilitated in part, by growing importance of intermediaries, that act as gateways to the internet. Intermediaries such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs), web-hosting providers, social-media platforms and search engines provide key services which propel social, economic and political development. However, these developments are also offset by instances of users engaging with the platforms in an unlawful manner. The scale and openness of the internet makes regulating such behaviour challenging, and in turn pose several interrelated policy questions.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Roundtable Discussion on Intermediary Liability
by Admin published Oct 20, 2019 — filed under: , ,
Tanaya Rajwade participated in a roundtable discussion on intermediary liability organised by SFLC and the Dialogue in New Delhi on October 17, 2019.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Rethinking the intermediary liability regime in India
by Torsha Sarkar published Aug 16, 2019 — filed under: , ,
The article consolidates some of our broad thematic concerns with the draft amendments to the intermediary liability rules, published by MeitY last December.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Webinar on counter-comments to the draft Intermediary Guidelines
by Admin published Feb 22, 2019 — filed under: , ,
CCAOI and the ISOC Delhi Chapter organised a webinar on February 11 to discuss the comments submitted to the Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] 2018, and counter-comments that were due by February 14.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
2019 International Asia Conference
by Admin published Feb 19, 2019 — filed under: ,
ITECHLAW organized the 2019 edition of International Asia Conference at JW Marriott hotel in Bangalore on January 31, 2019 and February 1, 2019. Sunil Abraham was a panelist in the session "Policy Making for the Emerging Tech in India".
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Intermediary liability law needs updating
by Sunil Abraham published Feb 13, 2019 — filed under: ,
The time has come for India to exert its foreign policy muscle. There is a less charitable name for intermediary liability regimes like Sec 79 of the IT Act — private censorship regimes.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Response to the Draft of The Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules] 2018
by Gurshabad Grover, Elonnai Hickok, Arindrajit Basu, Akriti published Feb 07, 2019 last modified Feb 07, 2019 08:06 AM — filed under: , ,
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 examine potential harms that may arise from the Rules as they are currently framed and make recommendations to the draft rules that we hope will help the Government meet its objectives while remaining situated within the constitutional ambit.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
MediaNama roundtables on intermediary liability rules
by Admin published Feb 02, 2019 last modified Feb 17, 2019 03:59 PM — filed under: ,
MediaNama hosted one policy round-table on Intermediary Liability protections in Bangalore and another round-table in New Delhi, to discuss inputs sought by MEITY on the amendments to Safe Harbor for platforms (payments services, content services, ISPs, etc.) in India. Centre for Internet & Society is a community partner for the event.
Located in Access to Knowledge / News & Media