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Indian government orders ISPs to block 857 porn websites
by Pranesh Prakash published Aug 02, 2015 last modified Sep 13, 2015 08:18 AM — filed under: , ,
The Indian government has ordered a large number of porn websites to be blocked, creating an uproar among users and civil rights groups in the country.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Indian Porn Ban is Partially Lifted But Sites Remain Blocked
by Pranesh Prakash published Aug 05, 2015 last modified Sep 13, 2015 09:00 AM — filed under: , , ,
The Indian government made a quick about-face on its order to block hundreds of pornography websites on Tuesday, partially lifting the ban after political backlash against the moral policing.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Indian Supreme Court Overturns Law Barring ‘Offensive Messages’ Online
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 25, 2015 last modified Mar 25, 2015 04:18 PM — filed under: , , ,
India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down legislation barring “offensive messages” online, saying it violated constitutional guarantees of free expression.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Internet censorship will continue in opaque fashion
by Sunil Abraham published Mar 26, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
A division bench of the Supreme Court has ruled on three sections of the Information Technology Act 2000 - Section 66A, Section 79 and Section 69A. The draconian Section 66A was originally meant to tackle spam and cyber-stalking but was used by the powerful elite to crack down on online dissent and criticism.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
IT Leaders, Lawyers Welcome SC Ruling on 66A of the IT Act
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 26, 2015 last modified Mar 26, 2015 03:58 PM — filed under: , , , ,
The Supreme Court of India has delivered a landmark judgment in scrapping section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which prescribed 'punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.' and had been branded as grossly 'unconstitutional' by various lawyers and legal advisors.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Live Chat: Win for Free Speech
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 26, 2015 last modified Mar 26, 2015 04:07 PM — filed under: , , , ,
Join us for a live chat at 5.30 pm on SC striking down the Section 66A of the IT Act which had permitted the arrest of people for posting "offensive content" on the internet.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Nanny state rules porn bad for you
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 05, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Net neutrality: Net activism packs a punch
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 19, 2015 last modified May 09, 2015 09:02 AM — filed under: , , ,
For the first time in the history of internet campaigns in India, a protest movement has successfully changed the course of a debate without having to take to the streets. The net neutrality movement is being fought almost totally in the virtual world. Hashtag activism isn't new in India. In recent times, several big campaigns have been bolstered by the internet which helped mobilize mass support and kept people constantly updated on events. Pink Chaddi, Jan Lokpal and the Nirbhaya movements were some examples of successful on-the-ground campaigns that were galvanized by social media. But they still needed public action — dharnas, candlelight vigils and actual pink undies — to make a difference.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Netizens Rejoice Over SC Ruling to Keep the Net Free
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 25, 2015 — filed under: , , ,
The Supreme Court ruling to strike down Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act has been welcomed by the city’s netizens.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry No more 66A!
by Geetha Hariharan published Mar 24, 2015 last modified Mar 26, 2015 02:01 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has struck down Section 66A. Today was a great day for freedom of speech on the Internet! When Section 66A was in operation, if you made a statement that led to offence, you could be prosecuted. We are an offence-friendly nation, judging by media reports in the last year. It was a year of book-bans, website blocking and takedown requests. Facebook’s Transparency Report showed that next to the US, India made the most requests for information about user accounts. A complaint under Section 66A would be a ground for such requests.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog