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Facebook, Google face censorship in India
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 09, 2012 — filed under: ,
Religious leaders in India are on a collision course with social media websites including Google, Facebook and Yahoo. Two Indian courts recently asked these American companies as well as 19 other websites to take down “anti-religious” material. They are now required to report their compliance by February. Betwa Sharma's blog post was published in SmartPlanet on 5 January 2012. Sunil Abraham has been quoted in it extensively.
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Blog Entry US Clampdown Worse than the Great Firewall
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 26, 2011 last modified Jan 26, 2012 08:42 PM — filed under: , ,
If you thought China’s Internet censorship was evil, think again. American moves to clean up the Web could hurt global surfers, writes Sunil Abraham in this article published in Tehelka, Volume 8, Issue 50, 17 December 2011.
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Blog Entry Spy in the Web
by Nishant Shah published Dec 22, 2011 last modified Mar 26, 2012 06:38 AM — filed under: , ,
The government’s proposed pre-censorship rules undermine the intelligence of an online user and endanger democracy.
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India's Techies Angered Over Internet Censorship Plan
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 22, 2011 — filed under: , ,
India has the world's largest democracy, and one of the most rambunctious. Millions of its young people are cutting edge when it comes to high-tech. Yet the country is still very conservative by Western standards, and a government minister recently said that offensive material on the web should be removed.
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Censorship — A Death Knell for Freedom of Expression Online
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 19, 2011 — filed under: ,
On December 8, 2011, NDTV aired an interesting discussion on internet censorship. Shashi Tharoor, Soli Sorabjee, Shekhar Kapoor, Ken Ghosh and Sunil Abraham participated in this discussion with NDTV's Sonia Singh.
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Free Speech Online in India under Attack?
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 17, 2011 last modified Mar 02, 2012 03:03 AM — filed under: , , , ,
When the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal suggested pre-censorship for a range of popular online platforms and social networking sites, the suggestion was met by a barrage of criticism, which soon forced him to back down. Yet Sibal’s suggestion is not the only threat to free speech on the Internet in India today. Legislation such as the Intermediary Due Diligence Rules and Cyber Café Rules (also jointly known as the IT Rules) issued in April 2011 is equally dangerous for free speech online.
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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.
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Online gag:Existing rules give little freedom
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 12, 2011 last modified Dec 12, 2011 05:42 AM — filed under: ,
Even as the controversy over Kapil Sibal's attempt to get internet giants such as Google and Facebook to prescreen user-generated content to weed out 'offensive' material rages, a yet-to-be-published study by Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society reveals that rules already in place can have "chilling effects on free expression on the internet".
Blog Entry That’s the unkindest cut, Mr Sibal
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 12, 2011 — filed under: ,
There’s Kolaveri-di on the Internet over Kapil Sibal’s diktat to social media sites to prescreen users’ posts. That diktat goes far beyond the restrictions placed on our freedom of expression by the IT Act. But, says Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society, India is not going to be silenced online.
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Internet, social media access should not be blocked: Ban
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 12, 2011 — filed under: ,
Amidst a raging controversy over the federal government’s proposal to monitor content in cyber space, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said access to the Internet and various social media must not be blocked as a way to prevent criticism and public debate.