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Blog Entry What 66A Judgment Means For Free Speech Online
by Geetha Hariharan published Mar 27, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
This week India's Supreme Court redefined the boundaries of freedom of speech on the internet. With the Court's decision in Shreya Singhal & Ors. v. Union of India, Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, has been struck down in entirety and is no longer good law.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
What if the Net shut down for a few days
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 30, 2013 last modified Apr 03, 2013 11:01 AM — filed under: ,
When spammers attacked Spamhaus, a European spam-fighting group in what was billed as the "biggest cyber attack in history", they managed to temporarily slow down the internet. But what if dedicated attackers succeeded in shutting down the internet for a longer time, maybe a few days? What would be the potential impact of such a scenario in a world where crucial data is stored on emails, most financial transactions have shifted online and an entire generation has grown up not realising what life without the web could be like?
Located in News & Media
Blog Entry What lurks beneath the Network
by Nishant Shah published Aug 25, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
There is a series of buzzwords that have become a naturalised part of discussions around digital social media—participation, collaboration, peer-2-peer, mobilisation, etc. Especially in the post Arab Spring world (and our own home-grown Anna Hazare spectacles), there is this increasing belief in the innate possibilities of social media as providing ways by which the world as we know it shall change for the better. Young people are getting on to the streets and demanding their rights to the future.
Located in Internet Governance
What the experts said on live chat
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 26, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Three eminent panellists shared their views and answered questions from readers on the Supreme Court verdict striking down Section 66 A of the IT Act that allowed the arrest of people posting “offensive content” on the Internet, in a live chat hosted by The Hindu.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
When #GOIBlocks, twitterati fly off their ‘handles’
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 26, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
Ever since the news broke mid-week that some genuine Twitter accounts and six spoof accounts were blocked, the social networking platform has been in a tizzy.
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Why Geospatial Bill is draconian and how it will hurt startups
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 02, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Last week, the Indian government rejected Google’s plans to map Indian cities, tourist spots and mountain ranges, using the 360-degree panoramic Google Street View feature.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Why India snubbed Facebook's free Internet offer
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 27, 2016 last modified Feb 27, 2016 07:49 AM — filed under: , , ,
The social media giant wanted to give the people of India free access to a chunk of the Internet, but the people weren't interested.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Why this blocking di?
by Prasad Krishna published May 28, 2012 — filed under: , ,
In a bid to curb piracy, film producers are now approaching courts to block websites that host pirated content. But the court orders are so vaguely worded that users lose access to even legitimate content. R Krishna reports.
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Why was the Gwalior court in such a hurry to block IIPM URLs?
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 19, 2013 — filed under: , ,
Is it really that easy to get courts to block online content as it appears from the latest case of the blocking of 73 URLs related to IIPM? Legally speaking, yes.
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Women arrested for Facebook post: Did cops act under Sena pressure?
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 19, 2012 last modified Nov 21, 2012 11:17 AM — filed under: , , , ,
After Bal Thackeray's death, during the Mumbai Bandh, a 21-year-old criticised the shutdown on her Facebook page — her friend approved of it — next thing they know, they are facing a case, and this morning they were arrested.
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