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The Present — and Future — Dangers of India's Draconian New Internet Regulations
by Anja Kovacs published May 31, 2011 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:22 AM — filed under: , ,
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 state is unacceptable in a democracy. Yet if India's old censorship regimes are to be maintained in this new context, the state will have little choice but to do just that. Are we ready to rethink the ways in which we deal with free speech and censorship as a society? Asks Anja Kovacs in this article, published in Caravan, 1 June 2011.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
The state. And the rage of the cyber demon
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 03, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
The Internet might be a Pandora’s box. But should the government be wasting time regulating the cacophony?
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Blog Entry The Supreme Court Judgment in Shreya Singhal and What It Does for Intermediary Liability in India?
by Jyoti Panday published Apr 11, 2015 last modified Apr 17, 2015 11:59 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
Even as free speech advocates and users celebrate the Supreme Court of India's landmark judgment striking down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act of 2000, news that the Central government has begun work on drafting a new provision to replace the said section of the Act has been trickling in.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
The War for India's Internet
by Prasad Krishna published Jun 14, 2012 — filed under: ,
Why is the world's biggest democracy cracking down on Facebook and Google? Rebecca Mackinnon's article was published in Foreign Policy on June 6, 2012.
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Thousands go online against 66A
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 30, 2012 — filed under: , , , , ,
An online petition aimed at amending section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act and re-examining internet laws has garnered 3,000 signatures since it began on Tuesday — two days before Kapil Sibal, telecom and IT minister, chairs a meeting with the cyber regulation advisory committee.
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Blog Entry Three reasons why 66A verdict is momentous
by Pranesh Prakash published Mar 29, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Earlier this week, the fundamental right to freedom of expression posted a momentous victory. The nation's top court struck down the much-reviled Section 66A of the IT Act — which criminalized communications that are "grossly offensive", cause "annoyance", etc — as "unconstitutionally vague", "arbitrarily, excessively, and disproportionately" encumbering freedom of speech, and likely to have a "chilling effect" on legitimate speech.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry To regulate Net intermediaries or not is the question
by Sunil Abraham published Aug 26, 2012 — filed under: , , , ,
Given the disruption to public order caused by the mass exodus of North-Eastern Indians from several cities, the government has had for the first time in many years, a legitimate case to crackdown on Internet intermediaries and their users.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry TV versus Social Media: The Rights and Wrongs
by Sunil Abraham published Jan 21, 2013 — filed under: , , ,
For most ordinary Netizens, everyday speech on social media has as much impact as graffiti in a toilet, and therefore employing the 'principle of equivalence' will result in overregulation of new media.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Tweets and twits
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 25, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
The orders issued by the Ministry of Communication and IT to block more than 300 items on the Internet, including Twitter handles, Facebook pages, YouTube videos, blogposts, pages of certain websites, and in some cases entire websites, tell a revealing story of a government that has simply not applied its mind to the issue of how to deal with hate speech, both cyber and traditional.
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Twitter handles: How and why govt erred and what it can do to be smarter & more effective
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 26, 2012 last modified Sep 07, 2012 09:22 AM — filed under: , ,
Here's a weekend reading recommendation for the mandarins who run the Government of India: it's a freely downloadable, a 145-page long document called "After the Riots". It is a report by the Riot Communities and Victims Panel, set up by the British prime minister to study reasons for the cause, spread and the damage wreaked by the riots that occurred in towns and cities in England in early August 2011.
Located in News & Media