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New Bill to decide on individual’s right to privacy

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 07, 2012 07:19 AM

A group of experts would identify issues relating to privacy and prepare a report to facilitate authoring the Privacy Bill. Vishwajoy Mukherjee's article was published in Tehelka on 6 February 2012.

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Common man as crusader

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 06, 2012 04:13 AM

Tamil Nadu saw its highest poll turn out in 44 years when 75% of its adults exercised their franchise in the 2011 assembly elections. There were 48 lakh Google searches for ‘Anna Hazare’ on June 8 2011 (when he began his fast) compared to a negligible number on any day in 2010. A 42-year-old man immolated himself in Kutch last year when he was told to bribe officials to access his own ancestral land records.

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India needs an independent privacy law, says NGO Privacy India

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 03, 2012 11:46 AM

India needs an independent privacy law though there are a number of provisions in existing legislations that protect a citizen's privacy, according to an NGO that is lobbying for the cause. The story was published in the Economic Times on 2 February 2012.

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Freedom of Expression in Community Media and on the Internet Understanding Connections, Finding Common Ground

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 03, 2012 11:00 AM

A meeting co-organised by the Internet Democracy Project (Delhi) and Maraa (Bangalore) with the support of the Community Radio Forum in New Delhi on 3 February 2012. Pranesh Prakash is participating in this event.

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Google move is not good for netizens, say experts

Google move is not good for netizens, say experts

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 03, 2012 10:03 AM

Google's plan to merge data across 60 of its properties, which was announced last week, has drawn criticism from experts on the Internet, who are saying that this is detrimental to privacy. Balaji Narasimhan wrote this in the Hindu Business Line. The article was published on 31 January 2012.

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Twitter’s Censorship Move Aimed at Regaining China?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 30, 2012 04:54 AM

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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Google’s privacy policy raises hackles

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 30, 2012 03:58 AM

Have you ever used Google to search for a restaurant while you were logged in its network using your Google id? Or shared information about your trip to Goa with your friends on Google +? Or watched belly dance on YouTube? Or looked for Sunny Leone pictures on Google images? If yes, Google knows about it. Javed Anwer wrote on article on this. It is published in the Times of India on 26 January 2012.

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Google to change privacy policy to use personal info of users

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 30, 2012 05:03 AM

It is a warning for users of Google and other Social Networking sites. Who are using these sites for searching anything they want to know and sharing their personal life with friends, colleagues and relatives. If you have ever used Google for searching any place, restaurant or shared information about your personal life with your friends on Google and other social networking sites, or you have watched adult stuff on YouTube, if your answer is yes, Google knows about it. And according to its new privacy policy Google is going to put this information to some use. Sheetal Ranga's article was published in Punjab Newsline on 27 January 2012.

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Tangled Web

Tangled Web

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 23, 2012 08:42 AM

Government and social networking sites at loggerheads as debate rages over freedom of expression, writes Kumar Anshuman and Nikita Doval in this story published in the Week on Saturday, 21 January 2012.

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POV: Should user-generated content be monitored?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 19, 2012 12:46 PM

After being in the dock for carrying 'objectionable' content, Google and Facebook, along with15 other websites, are fighting for what they call internet freedom. Wikipedia went dark to protest the Web Piracy Bill being introduced in the US. afaqs! speaks to industry experts to find out if a move to monitor content can backfire.

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Indian Internet Lawsuit Puts Spotlight on Freedom of Expression

Indian Internet Lawsuit Puts Spotlight on Freedom of Expression

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 19, 2012 08:59 AM

In India, Internet giants such as Google and Facebook are fighting a lawsuit after the government authorized their prosecution for online content on their sites deemed to be offensive. The case has put the spotlight on free speech in the world’s largest democracy.

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India: obscene pics of gods require massive human censorship of Google, Facebook

India: obscene pics of gods require massive human censorship of Google, Facebook

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 17, 2012 09:46 AM

It's hardly the sort of Internet policy statement one hopes to hear from judges in major democracies. "Like China, we can block all such websites [who don't comply]," Justice Suresh Cait told Facebook and Google lawyers in India yesterday. "But let us not go to that situation."

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Is India Ignoring its own Internet Protections?

Is India Ignoring its own Internet Protections?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 17, 2012 05:33 AM

India’s information technology law of 2008 limits the liability of Internet companies for material posted on their Web sites by users, including anything government regulators deem objectionable. The firms are supposed to be notified of offensive content — by users or the authorities — and then remove it when legally warranted.

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India internet: clean-up or censorship?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 16, 2012 11:17 AM

Is India going the way of China? Not when it comes to development indicators. Or enhanced infrastructure. Or economic power. But in another category at which Beijing excels: web censorship.

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Activists cry foul against Aadhaar

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 31, 2012 04:24 AM

Biometric experts, jurists and social activists today urged the state government to immediately snap ties with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and stop offering Aadhaar numbers to residents.

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NGO questions people's privacy in UID scheme

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 12, 2012 11:45 AM

Taking a leaf out of the recommendations of the parliamentary standing committee on finance (SCF) that raised objections on the National Identification Authority of India Bill 2010, Delhi-based NGOs have called upon the Jharkhand government to stay the execution of UID projects in the state. Jaideep Deogharia's article was published in the Times of India on 11 January 2012.

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Revealed: Bangalore’s Basic Instincts

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 10, 2012 06:50 AM

This is a first – a sex survey that focusses only on Bangalore. Sure, we have sex surveys telling us what the country thinks. But we wanted to know what our city thinks about the three-letter word. The article was published in the Bangalore Mirror on 8 January 2012. Sunil Abraham is quoted right near the end on why Bangalore might not figure in Google Search rends' top 10 India locations for porn-related queries.

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Facebook, Google face censorship in India

Facebook, Google face censorship in India

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 09, 2012 05:10 AM

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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Trail of the Trolls

Trail of the Trolls

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 04, 2012 07:55 AM

Bullying and abuse on the Internet is on the rise. Smitha Verma finds out why most offenders are going scot-free in this article published in the Telegraph on 4 January 2012.

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Constitution of Group of Experts to Deliberate on Privacy Issues

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 04, 2012 07:49 AM

It has been decided to constitute a Small Group of Experts under the Chairmanship of Justice A.P. Shah, Former Chief Justice, Delhi High Court, to identify the privacy issues and prepare a paper to facilitate authoring the Privacy Bill. The constitution of the proposed group and ToR are as follows:

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