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MPs oppose curbs on internet; Sibal promises discussions
by Prasad Krishna published May 24, 2012 — filed under: , ,
With MPs raising concerns over open-ended interpretations of restrictive terms in the rules seeking to regulate social media and internet, the government promised to evolve a consensus on points of contention.
Located in News & Media
Blog Entry Analysis of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2012
by Pranesh Prakash published May 23, 2012 last modified Nov 12, 2013 02:13 PM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
There are some welcome provisions in the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2012, and some worrisome provisions. Pranesh Prakash examines five positive changes, four negative ones, and notes the several missed opportunities. The larger concern, though, is that many important issues have not been addressed by these amendments, and how copyright policy is made without evidence and often out of touch with contemporary realities of the digital era.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Chilling Effects and Frozen Words
by Lawrence Liang published Apr 30, 2012 — filed under: , , , ,
What if the real danger is not that we lose our freedom of speech and expression but our sense of humour as a nation? Lawrence Liang's op-ed was published in the Hindu on April 30, 2012.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry Intermediary Liability in India: Chilling Effects on Free Expression on the Internet
by Rishabh Dara published Apr 27, 2012 last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:22 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
The Centre for Internet & Society in partnership with Google India conducted the Google Policy Fellowship 2011. This was offered for the first time in Asia Pacific as well as in India. Rishabh Dara was selected as a Fellow and researched upon issues relating to freedom of expression. The results of the paper demonstrate that the ‘Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011’ notified by the Government of India on April 11, 2011 have a chilling effect on free expression.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry India's Broken Internet Laws Need a Shot of Multi-stakeholderism
by Pranesh Prakash published Apr 26, 2012 last modified Apr 26, 2012 01:45 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Cyber-laws in India are severely flawed, with neither lawyers nor technologists being able to understand them, and the Cyber-Law Group in DEIT being incapable of framing fair, just, and informed laws and policies. Pranesh Prakash suggests they learn from the DEIT's Internet Governance Division, and Brazil, and adopt multi-stakeholderism as a core principle of Internet policy-making.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
A beauty’s blog creates furore
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 11, 2012 last modified Apr 11, 2012 03:50 AM — filed under: , ,
Her first Tamil poetry anthology Otraiyilaiyena (As a single leaf) saw three editions and the second one Ulagin Azhagiya Muthal Penn (The first beautiful woman in the world) invited mixed reactions like Iyal Poetry Award and a call for a ban by Hindu Makkal Katchi. Parathaiyarul Raani (Queen of sluts) her third collection was a reaction to all the moral policing.
Located in News & Media
Blog Entry Intermediary Liability in India: Chilling Effects on Free Expression on the Internet 2011
by Rishabh Dara published Apr 10, 2012 last modified Apr 21, 2012 06:05 PM — filed under: , , ,
Intermediaries are widely recognised as essential cogs in the wheel of exercising the right to freedom of expression on the Internet. Most major jurisdictions around the world have introduced legislations for limiting intermediary liability in order to ensure that this wheel does not stop spinning. With the 2008 amendment of the Information Technology Act 2000, India joined the bandwagon and established a ‘notice and takedown’ regime for limiting intermediary liability.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry Statutory Motion Against Intermediary Guidelines Rules
by Pranesh Prakash published Mar 26, 2012 last modified Apr 03, 2012 09:35 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Rajya Sabha MP, Shri P. Rajeev has moved a motion that the much-criticised Intermediary Guidelines Rules be annulled.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
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