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Blog Entry Sense and Censorship
by Sunil Abraham published Jan 31, 2012 last modified Jan 31, 2012 06:15 AM — filed under: , ,
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills, at the US House of Representatives and Senate, respectively, appear to enforce property rights, but are, in fact, trade bills. This article by Sunil Abraham was published in the Indian Express on 20 January 2012.
Located in Internet Governance
Twitter’s Censorship Move Aimed at Regaining China?
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 30, 2012 — filed under: , , ,
Twitter, the popular social networking site for micro-blogging, has announced it is open to content censorship and region-based filtering, if required by law. The service boasts nearly 300 million users from across the world. Vinod Yalburgi writes this in the International Business Times.
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Blog Entry How India Makes E-books Easier to Ban than Books (And How We Can Change That)
by Pranesh Prakash published Jan 24, 2012 last modified Feb 21, 2012 11:50 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Without getting into questions of what should and should not be unlawful speech, Pranesh Prakash chooses to take a look at how Indian law promotes arbitrary removal and blocking of websites, website content, and online services, and how it makes it much easier than getting offline printed speech removed.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Invisible Censorship: How the Government Censors Without Being Seen
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 14, 2011 last modified Jan 04, 2012 08:59 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
The Indian government wants to censor the Internet without being seen to be censoring the Internet. This article by Pranesh Prakash shows how the government has been able to achieve this through the Information Technology Act and the Intermediary Guidelines Rules it passed in April 2011. It now wants methods of censorship that leave even fewer traces, which is why Mr. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology talks of Internet 'self-regulation', and has brought about an amendment of the Copyright Act that requires instant removal of content.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry Press Coverage of Online Censorship Row
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 08, 2011 last modified Dec 08, 2011 11:31 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
We are maintaining a rolling blog with press references to the row created by the proposal by the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology to pre-screen user-generated Internet content.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Online Pre-Censorship is Harmful and Impractical
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 12, 2011 05:00 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal wants Internet intermediaries to pre-censor content uploaded by their users. Pranesh Prakash takes issue with this and explains why this is a problem, even if the government's heart is in the right place. Further, he points out that now is the time to take action on the draconian IT Rules which are before the Parliament.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry Comment by CIS at ACE on Presentation on French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 01, 2011 last modified Dec 01, 2011 11:59 AM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
The seventh session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Advisory Committee on Enforcement is being held in Geneva on November 30 and December 1, 2011. Pranesh Prakash responded to a presentation by Prof. Pierre Sirinelli of the École de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 on 'The French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting of December 16, 2009' with this comment.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Analysis of DIT's Response to Second RTI on Website Blocking
by Pranesh Prakash published Oct 27, 2011 last modified Dec 02, 2011 09:26 AM — filed under: , ,
In this blog post, Pranesh Prakash briefly analyses the DIT's response to an RTI request on website blocking alongside the most recent edition of Google's Transparency Report, and what it tells us about the online censorship regime in India.
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Blog Entry Text of DIT's Response to Second RTI on Website Blocking
by Pranesh Prakash published Oct 27, 2011 last modified Oct 28, 2011 02:37 PM — filed under: , ,
CIS had filed a request under the Right to Information Act with the government, asking a number of questions relating to blocking of content under the IT Act. We have reproduced below the response we got from the government.
Located in Internet Governance
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