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Yes, You Can Get Arrested for a Facebook Status Update Now
A 21-year-old Indian woman thought Mumbai shouldn't have been shutdown for the funeral of an Islamophobic leader. Broadcasting such opinions on Facebook was ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 08:16 AM — Filed under: , ,
Govt tweaks enforcement of IT Act after spate of arrests
The government on Thursday tweaked the law to make it tougher for citizens to be arrested for online comments that are deemed offensive after recent arrests ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 08:27 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
The flaw in cyber law
Legal experts and netizens want the controversial clause in the IT Act to be scrapped after two Mumbai girls were arrested for a post on Facebook. by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 30, 2012 09:06 AM — Filed under: , ,
Draft nonsense
Seriously flawed and dodgily drafted provisions in the IT Act provide the state a stick to beat its citizens with. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 03, 2012 09:08 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
From Virtual to Reliable: Exploring Freedom and Facts in the World of WWW (World Wide Web)
An interactive seminar on internet freedom was organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Adaan Foundation on March 21, 2017 at the India ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 29, 2017 04:01 AM — Filed under: , ,
Censorship — A Death Knell for Freedom of Expression Online
On December 8, 2011, NDTV aired an interesting discussion on internet censorship. Shashi Tharoor, Soli Sorabjee, Shekhar Kapoor, Ken Ghosh and Sunil Abraham ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 19, 2011 10:12 AM — Filed under: ,
Free Speech Online in India under Attack?
When the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal suggested pre-censorship for a range of popular online platforms and ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 02, 2012 03:03 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Intermediary Liability in India: Chilling Effects on Free Expression on the Internet 2011
Intermediaries are widely recognised as essential cogs in the wheel of exercising the right to freedom of expression on the Internet. Most major jurisdictions ... by Rishabh Dara last modified Apr 21, 2012 06:05 PM — Filed under: , , ,
An Evidence based Intermediary Liability Policy Framework: Workshop at IGF
CIS is organising a workshop at the Internet Governance Forum 2014. The workshop will be an opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on the changing ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Jul 04, 2014 06:41 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , ,
Free Speech and Civil Defamation
Does defamation become a tool in powerful hands to suppress criticism? Gautam Bhatia examines the strict and unrealistic demands of defamation law, and ... by Gautam Bhatia last modified Jul 08, 2014 08:31 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
So Much to Lose
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have been a witness to the maelstrom of events that accompanied the death of the political leader Bal Thackeray. by Nishant Shah last modified Dec 07, 2012 04:39 PM — Filed under: , , , ,
Girl's arrest draws flak on social media
The arrest of a 21-year-old girl by Mumbai police for criticizing the shutting down of the city following the death of Bal Thackeray come under fire from ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:04 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Internet users flay Mumbai girls' arrest over Facebook post
The arrest of two girls over their Facebook post on shutdown in Mumbai for Bal Thackeray's funeral on Monday again opened a can of worms with netizens calling ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:35 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Arrests over Facebook posts: Why we’re on a dangerous slide
The most bizarre thing about the arrest of Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan on Monday over a Facebook post that questioned the wisdom of a bandh to mark Shiv ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 20, 2012 11:47 AM — Filed under: , , ,
The Last Word: Is there a need to review Information Technology Act?
Does the high-handed arrest of two young girls mean it's time to review and revise the IT Act? by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 21, 2012 12:10 PM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Fixing India’s anarchic IT Act
Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act criminalizes “causing annoyance or inconvenience” online, among other things. A conviction for such an ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Nov 30, 2012 06:33 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Intermediary Liability Resources
We bring you a list of intermediary resources as part of research on internet governance. This blog post will be updated on an ongoing basis. by Elonnai Hickok last modified Jul 03, 2014 06:45 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Marco Civil da Internet: Brazil’s ‘Internet Constitution’
On March 25, 2014, Brazil's lower house of parliament passed bill no. 2126/2011, popularly known as Marco Civil da Internet. The Marco Civil is a charter of ... by Geetha Hariharan last modified Jun 19, 2014 10:38 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
European Court of Justice rules Internet Search Engine Operator responsible for Processing Personal Data Published by Third Parties
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that an "an internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of ... by Jyoti Panday last modified May 14, 2014 02:18 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Two Arguments Against the Constitutionality of Section 66A
Gautam Bhatia explores the constitutionality of Section 66A in light of recent events. by Gautam Bhatia last modified Jun 04, 2014 03:42 AM — Filed under: , , ,
WSIS+10 High-Level Event: Open Consultation Process
Jyoti Panday represented the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) at the WSIS+10 High-Level Event:Open Consultation Process held in Geneva from May 28 to 31, ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 04, 2014 10:14 AM — Filed under: , ,
Free Speech and Contempt of Court – I: Overview
Gautam Bhatia explores an under-theorised aspect of India's free speech jurisprudence: the contempt power that equips courts to "protect the dignity of the ... by Gautam Bhatia last modified Jun 08, 2014 03:29 PM — Filed under: ,
Free Speech and Contempt of Courts – II: Article 19(1)(a) and Indian Law
Gautam Bhatia continues his examination of free speech implications of the law of contempt: the power that equips courts to "protect the dignity of the Bench". by Gautam Bhatia last modified Jun 16, 2014 05:48 AM — Filed under: ,
The Legal Validity of Internet Bans: Part I
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 11:18 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
Dadri reopens debate on online hate speech
The friction between free speech and hate speech has become newly intense because of social media. Twitter reflected the turmoil after the lynching of Mohammed ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 11, 2015 05:42 AM — Filed under: , ,
Seminar on "Hate Speech and Social Media"
NALSAR University of Law, in collaboration with the British Deputy High Commission organized a seminar on Hate Speech and Social Media in Hyderabad on January ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 13, 2014 06:22 AM — Filed under: ,
Charting the Charter: Internet Rights and Principles Online
This workshop is being organised by IRP Coalition on October 22 in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre. Pranesh Prakash is participating as a panelist. by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 21, 2013 07:03 AM — Filed under: ,
Religious pluralism and freedom of expression in India, Europe and other countries
The Venice-Delhi Seminars are Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations project, in cooperation with the Jamia Millia Islamia, Seminar and the India Habitat Centre is ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 08, 2013 05:54 AM — Filed under: ,
You will need a license to create a WhatsApp group in Kashmir
The internet rights activists have criticised the move stating it as unconstitutional. by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 21, 2016 02:34 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Hackers Take Protest to Indian Streets and Cyberspace
First there was self-styled Gandhian activist Anna Hazare who took to the streets to protest corruption. Now a group agitating against censorship on the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 18, 2012 04:02 AM — Filed under: , ,