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by Sumandro Chattapadhyay last modified Mar 30, 2016 11:09 AM

Comments and recommendations to the Guidelines for “Influencer Advertising on Digital Media”

by Torsha Sarkar and Shweta Mohandas — last modified Apr 05, 2021 09:58 AM

In February, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) had issued draft rules for regulation of digital influencers, with an aim to "understand the peculiarities of [online] advertisements and the way consumers view them", as well as to ensure that: "consumers must be able to distinguish when something is being promoted with an intention to influence their opinion or behaviour for an immediate or eventual commercial gain". In lieu of this, we presented our responses.

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The Competition Law Case Against Whatsapp’s 2021 Privacy Policy Alteration

by Aman Nair and Arindrajit Basu — last modified Mar 24, 2021 04:12 PM

Having examined the privacy implications of Whatsapp's changes to its privacy policy in 2021, this issue brief is the second output in our series examining the effects of those changes. This brief examines the changes in the context of data sharing between Whatsapp and Facebook as being an anticompetitive action in violation of the Indian Competition Act, 2002.

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Regulating Sexist Online Harassment: A Model of Online Harassment as a Form of Censorship

by Amber Sinha — last modified Mar 11, 2021 04:14 AM
March 11, 2021

Amber Sinha wrote a paper on regulating sexist online harassment, and how online harassment serves as a form of censorship, for the “Recognize, Resist, Remedy: Addressing Gender-Based Hate Speech in the Online Public Sphere” project, a collaborative project between IT for Change, India and InternetLab, Brazil.

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New intermediary guidelines: The good and the bad

by Torsha Sarkar — last modified Mar 15, 2021 01:52 PM

In pursuance of the government releasing the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, this blogpost offers a quick rundown of some of the changes brought about the Rules, and how they line up with existing principles of best practices in content moderation, among others.

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Notes From a Foreign Field: The European Court of Human Rights on Russia’s Website Blocking

by Gurshabad Grover — last modified Feb 13, 2021 08:42 AM

This blogpost summarises the human rights principles applied by the Court to website blocking, and discusses how they can be instructive to petitions in the Delhi High Court that challenge arbitrary censorship in India.

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The Government needs to make sure our emails don't destroy the environment

by Aman Nair — last modified Jan 25, 2021 02:17 PM

The Government's data centre policy must be more reflective of energy requirements and sustainable practices to effectively ensure that India's growing digital user base doesn't hurt the environment.

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