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Internet at Liberty 2012: Promoting Progress and Freedom

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 26, 2012 04:17 AM

Following the highly successful Internet at Liberty 2010, activists and experts from around the world converged on May 23-24 to explore the most pressing dilemmas and exciting opportunities around free expression in the digital age.

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar Urges PM To Withdraw India’s Proposal For UN Committee On Internet-Policy

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 12:07 PM

Rajya Sabha MP, Rajeev Chandrasekhar has written a letter to the Indian Prime Minister, urging him to withdraw India’s proposal to UN seeking governance of Internet control.

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MPs oppose curbs on internet; Sibal promises discussions

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 10:25 AM

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.

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Kapil Sibal & Co shoot down motion to kill IT Rules: cite terrorism, drugs

Kapil Sibal & Co shoot down motion to kill IT Rules: cite terrorism, drugs

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 09:45 AM

The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011 (The Rules) continue to breathe after the statutory motion to annul them moved by member of parliament (MP) from Kerala P Rajeeve was defeated by voice vote in the Rajya Sabha yesterday.

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Vimeo Ban: More Web Censorship

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 09:19 AM

When Indian users logged on to Vimeo and some other video-sharing websites Thursday morning, they were greeted by a rather unusual message: "Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders."

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Taming the Web, are we?

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 09:01 AM

Two decades after its advent changed our lives, the world wide web - as we know it - faces a grave threat. Not from governments alone, but also from tech companies seeking to play gatekeepers.

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Cordon tightens: Rajya Sabha nod to harsh IT rules

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 08:49 AM

The draconian intermediaries rules of the Information Technology Act that allows the government to aggressively police the internet and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter will continue for some more time as a motion to annul them in the Rajya Sabha was defeated by the treasury benches on Thursday.

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Empires: Individuals in Search of Society

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 08:35 AM

In their 2000 bestseller Empire, Michael Hardt and Toni Negri announced a new international condition no longer built on the imperialist model of the superpowers of old but on the new condition of globalization. This new and emerging networked world held with it the opportunity for politics to bring forward a 21st century of interconnectedness, openness and a shared sense of planetary responsibility.

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Cyber Appellate Tribunal in Bengaluru

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 30, 2012 05:47 AM

Bengaluru will be home to the southern chapter of the Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CAT), which will reach out to victims of cyber crime, the state government announced at the Cyber Security Summit here on Tuesday.

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It’s mainstream vs social

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 30, 2012 04:23 AM

Mainstream and social media share an increasingly uneasy relationship. Mahima Kaul, a Guest Columnist with the Sunday Guardian wrote this article. Sunil Abraham is quoted in this.

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Social Media 1, Indian Government 0

Social Media 1, Indian Government 0

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 27, 2012 04:44 AM

The futility of the Indian government’s attempts to control what is posted on Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites was thrown into high relief this week, after a video purportedly showing Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singvi having sex in his office resulted in his resignation.

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Private sector censors

Private sector censors

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 26, 2012 01:30 PM

If business decides what’s ‘good’ and ‘bad’ speech, it can lead to multiple interpretations and arbitrary decisions. The article by Salil Tripathi was published in LiveMint on April 25, 2012.

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Views | Why the Left may for once be right

Views | Why the Left may for once be right

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 11:48 AM

On the opening day of the upcoming parliamentary session on Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha is set to vote on an annulment motion against the IT rules, moved by P. Rajeeve of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

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Campaign against curbs on websites gathers steam

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 11:19 AM

For political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and his blogger-cum-journalist friend Alok Dixit, who both ran a website against corruption, a tryst with the blind side of law triggered their mission against “gagging” of the new-age Indian Internet user.

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Expect anti-net censorship echo in house

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 11:07 AM

For the anti-Internet censorship movement in the country, hope is now in sight. Their fight against the intermediary provisions (section 79) of the IT laws, according to which, an intermediary (website, domain owner) would have to take off content that a third party (or complainant) finds ‘objectionable,’ without any room for appeal, has now garnered the attention of the government itself. What is at stake is our fundamental rights, warns CPM Member of Parliament P Rajeeve, who was perhaps the first at the government level to realise that there was a gaping hole in the provision, and took up the matter in the Rajya Sabha.

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Mobilising support for freedom on the Web

Mobilising support for freedom on the Web

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 11:02 AM

A motion in the Rajya Sabha has sought annulment of the IT intermediary guidelines, writes Deepa Kurup in this article published in the Hindu on April 22, 2012.

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India arrests professor over political cartoon

India arrests professor over political cartoon

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 10:27 AM

Sharing funny, satirical cartoons over the Internet can land you in court and even in jail these days in the world’s largest democracy. The article by Rama Lakshmi was published in Washington Post on April 13, 2012.

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Privacy International's Trip to Asia

Privacy International's Trip to Asia

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 09:58 AM

In February 2012, the PI team travelled to India, Bangladesh and Hong Kong to meet with our local partners in the region and speak at four conferences they had organized. We also got the chance to interview our partners in India and Bangladesh on the privacy issues facing them at the moment - this video is the result of those conversations.

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A beauty’s blog creates furore

A beauty’s blog creates furore

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 11, 2012 03:50 AM

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.

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