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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.
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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.
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I dare you, I double dare you: Social media celebrates Sec 66A verdict
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 26, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Users across social media platforms on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's scrapping of the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, hailing it as a measure that will strengthen freedom of expression online.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Ruling in India shields Web posts
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 27, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
The Supreme Court in India struck down a section of its country’s information technology act Tuesday that had made it illegal for anyone to spread ‘‘offensive messages’’ on electronic devices and resulted in arrests over posts on Facebook and other social media.
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India's Online Freedom Advocates Hail Court Ruling on Free Speech
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 27, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Online freedom advocates in India are hailing a court ruling that struck down a controversial law seen as infringing free speech on the Internet. But in a country expected to have the world’s largest number of web users by 2018, some concerns about net censorship remain.
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Blog Entry India's Supreme Court Axes Online Censorship Law, But Challenges Remain
by Subhashish Panigrahi published Mar 27, 2015 last modified Mar 27, 2015 02:38 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The Supreme Court of India took a remarkable step to protect free expression on March 24, 2015, striking down controversial section 66A of the IT Act that criminalized “grossly offensive” content online. In response to a public interest litigation filed by Indian law student Shreya Singhal, the court made this landmark judgement calling the section “vague”, “broad” and “unconstitutional”. Since Tuesday's announcement, the news has trended nationally on Twitter, with more than 50,000 tweets bearing the hashtags #Sec66A and #66A.
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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.
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SC has set a high threshold for tolerance: Lawrence Liang
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 28, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Lawyer-activist Lawrence Liang on why SC upheld section 69A and the implications of striking down section 66A.
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66A DEAD. LONG LIVE 66A!
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 28, 2015 last modified Apr 01, 2015 02:11 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Last Tuesday, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo walked into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office. India's most compulsive and most-followed tweeter, Modi, as Gujarat chief minister, had protested when the Manmohan Singh government blocked the micro-blogging site of a few journalists. Modi had blacked out his own Twitter profile and tweeted: “May God give good sense to everyone.”
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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.
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