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Breaking Down Section 66A of the IT Act
Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which prescribes 'punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.' is widely held ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 14, 2012 09:51 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
How to Steer Clear of India’s Strict Internet Laws
The arrest of two women in Mumbai for a Facebook post is the latest heavy-handed move by India’s government to curb what Indian citizens say on the Internet. by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 10:13 AM — Filed under: ,
Online Censorship: How Government should Approach Regulation of Speech
Why is there a constant brouhaha in India about online censorship? What must be done to address this? by Sunil Abraham last modified Dec 05, 2012 07:06 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Google Policy Fellowship Programme: Call for Applications
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is inviting applications for the Google Policy Fellowship programme. Google is providing a USD 7,500 stipend to the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 17, 2013 01:01 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Facebook, Google deny spying access
The CEOs of Facebook and Google on Saturday categorically denied that the US National Security Agency had "direct access" to their company servers for snooping ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 02, 2013 10:18 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Report on CIS' Workshop at the IGF:'An Evidence Based Framework for Intermediary Liability'
An evidence based framework for intermediary liability' was organised to present evidence and discuss ongoing research on the changing definition, function and ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Sep 24, 2014 10:47 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Comment by CIS at ACE on Presentation on French Charter on the Fight against Cyber-Counterfeiting
The seventh session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Advisory Committee on Enforcement is being held in Geneva on November 30 and December 1, ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 01, 2011 11:59 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , ,
Debate: Online content row-1
In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists Chandan Mitra, Editor-in-Chief, 'The Pioneer' & MP, BJP; Sabeer Bhatia, ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 07, 2011 11:06 AM — Filed under: ,
Govt wants to scrub the Internet clean
Web advocacy groups, experts say govt’s move to evolve content guidelines amounts to censorship. This article by Surabhi Agarwal & Leslie D’monte was published ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 07, 2011 04:07 AM — Filed under: ,
Facebook, Google tell India they won’t screen for derogatory content
In the world’s largest democracy, the government wants Internet sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google to screen and remove offensive content about ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 07, 2011 05:25 AM — Filed under: ,
Press Coverage of Online Censorship Row
We are maintaining a rolling blog with press references to the row created by the proposal by the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 08, 2011 11:31 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
India entering the Minority Report age?
Indian government efforts to block offensive material from the Internet have prompted a storm of online ridicule along with warnings of the risk to India's ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 10, 2011 06:40 AM — Filed under: ,
Perumal Murugan and the Law on Obscenity
by Japreet Grewal last modified Aug 09, 2016 01:01 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Online gag:Existing rules give little freedom
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 ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 12, 2011 05:42 AM — Filed under: ,
Freedom of Expression on the Internet : Possibilities and Challenges
Sharat Chandra Ram was a speaker at an international seminar organized by Bolivar Technological University, Cartagena in Colombia on June 29, 2017. The theme ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 09, 2017 02:30 AM — Filed under: ,
The Legal Validity of Internet Bans: Part II
In recent months, there has been a spree of bans on access to Internet services in Indian states, for different reasons. The State governments have relied on ... by Geetha Hariharan and Padmini Baruah last modified Oct 08, 2015 11:17 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
Mobilising support for freedom on the Web
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. by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 11:02 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Expect anti-net censorship echo in house
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, ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 11:07 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Campaign against curbs on websites gathers steam
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 ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 25, 2012 11:19 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Indian Porn Ban is Partially Lifted But Sites Remain Blocked
The Indian government made a quick about-face on its order to block hundreds of pornography websites on Tuesday, partially lifting the ban after political ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Sep 13, 2015 09:00 AM — Filed under: , , ,
India partially lifts Porn Ban?
India is said to have partially removed the porn ban. But many internet service providers have refused to restore access, due to a 'vague' government order. by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 20, 2015 06:30 AM — Filed under: , ,
Indian net service providers too play censorship tricks
The study by a Canadian university has found that some major Indian ISPs have deployed web-censorship and filtering technology. by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 13, 2013 04:20 AM — Filed under: , ,
Hate speech: ban or ignore?
The Social Network discusses the hate speeches: whether they should be banned or ignored. Why does the state take action against some and not against some ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 13, 2013 09:40 AM — Filed under: , ,
Freedom of Expression Gagged
The use of law to bully people into silence, called ‘heckler’s veto’, is not unique to India, writes Chinmayi Arun in this op-ed published in Business Line on ... by Chinmayi Arun last modified Feb 18, 2013 08:55 AM — Filed under: ,
Cyber security, surveillance and the right to privacy: country perspectives
This blog post is fourth in a series of eight blog posts to report on the “Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression” recently ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 23, 2013 12:10 PM — Filed under: ,
The Future of the Internet, Who Should Govern It and What is at Stake for You?
Internet and Mobile Association of India, Cellular Operators Association of India, Internet Democracy project, Media for Change, SFLC and the Centre for ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 12, 2014 11:12 AM — Filed under: , ,
Internet Rights and Wrongs
With a rise in PIL's for unwarranted censorship, do we need to step back and inspect if it's about time unreasonable trends are checked? by Pranesh Prakash last modified Sep 22, 2016 11:36 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Is India’s website-blocking law constitutional? – I. Law & procedure
Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, along with its corresponding Rules, set out the procedure for blocking of websites in India. Over two ... by Geetha Hariharan last modified Dec 11, 2014 11:02 AM — Filed under: , ,
Overview of the Constitutional Challenges to the IT Act
There are currently ten cases before the Supreme Court challenging various provisions of the Information Technology Act, the rules made under that, and other ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 19, 2014 09:01 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , ,
NGOs, individuals urge state CMs to curb Internet shutdown
Amid rising instances of Internet curbs, a group of individuals and organisations have urged the chief ministers of 12 states to only restrict specific online ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 07, 2017 02:43 AM — Filed under: , , ,