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Dystopia vs development: The Kashmir paradox
On 26 July, Azmat Ali Mir, 26, landed in her hometown, Srinagar. A day later, uncertainty and panic gripped the Kashmir valley—the Amarnath yatris (pilgrims) ... by Asmita Bakshi last modified Oct 20, 2019 06:31 AM — Filed under: ,
Through the looking glass: Analysing transparency reports
An analysis of companies' transparency reports for government requests for user data and content removal by Torsha Sarkar, Suhan S and Gurshabad Grover last modified Nov 02, 2019 05:48 AM — Filed under: , ,
Should online political advertising be regulated?
Micro-targeting could have potentially damaging results in the context of political advertising. by P.J. George last modified Nov 13, 2019 03:12 PM — 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: , , ,
India bans social media in Kashmir for one month
Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have banned 22 social media sites including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter in an effort to calm tensions in the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 27, 2017 04:09 PM — Filed under: , ,
Can India Trust Its Government on Privacy?
In response to criticisms of the Centralized Monitoring System, India’s new surveillance program, the government could contend that merely having the ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jul 15, 2013 10:35 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Fake News, Rumors & Online Content Regulation
Medianama and Mint organized #NAMApolicy open house on 'Fake News, Rumors & Online Content Regulation' on February 22, 2017 at the India Habitat Centre. ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 28, 2017 02:46 AM — Filed under: , ,
Other Than Women: Exploring Harassment and Difference Online
A satellite session at RightsCon in Brussels is being organized by the Tactical Technology Collective on March 28, 2017. Rohini Lakshané is a speaker at this ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 27, 2017 04:11 PM — Filed under: ,
Vinay Rai v. Facebook India and Ors. | Summons Order
This is Judge Sudesh Kumar's summons order (dated December 23, 2011) by which he notes there is enough prima facie evidence to proceed with trial against the ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Mar 15, 2012 07:53 AM — Filed under: ,
Kashmir: Telecom firms struggle to block 22 banned social media sites
A BSNL official says engineers are still working on shutting down the 22 social media sites but so far had been unable to do so without freezing the Internet ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 04, 2017 02:29 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Digital native: Free speech? You must be joking!
India’s digital landscape is dotted with vigilante voices that drown out people’s right to free speech. by Nishant Shah last modified Jun 08, 2017 01:16 AM — Filed under: , ,
Blocking Twitter: How Internet Service Providers & telcos were caught between tweets and tall egos
Long derided as 'dumb pipes' to the Web, Internet service providers (ISPs) are discovering these days that insult is being increasingly followed up by injury. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 25, 2012 07:36 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Twitter handles: How and why govt erred and what it can do to be smarter & more effective
Here's a weekend reading recommendation for the mandarins who run the Government of India: it's a freely downloadable, a 145-page long document called "After ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 07, 2012 09:22 AM — Filed under: , ,
Some ISPs block Wordpress domain across India
Latest reports confirm that Tata Photon has blocked access to the Wordpress.com domain across India, following a government order to block web pages containing ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 26, 2012 03:16 PM — Filed under: , , ,
India Blocks News Website Pages for 'Spreading Fear' over Assam Violence
Access to more than 300 internet web pages including some published by Telegraph, Times of India and Al-Jazeera blocked. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 04:53 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
India faces Twitter backlash over Internet clampdown
The Indian government faced an angry backlash from Twitter users on Thursday after ordering Internet service providers to block about 20 accounts that ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 06:56 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Indian mobiles go quiet amid SMS curbs
India’s 900m-plus mobile telephones have fallen unusually quiet since Saturday, when the government curbed text and multimedia messages for 15 days in an ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 27, 2012 07:15 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Details emerge on government blockade of websites
Facebook pages, Twitter handles among 300 unique web addresses blocked by ISPs. by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 28, 2012 09:51 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
India faces Twitter backlash over Internet clampdown
The government faced an angry backlash from Twitter users on Thursday after ordering Internet service providers to block about 20 accounts that officials said ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 28, 2012 09:56 AM — Filed under: , ,
Social media, SMS are not why NE students left Bangalore
I woke up one morning to find that I was living in a city of crisis. Bangalore, where the largest public preoccupations to date have been about bad roads, ... by Nishant Shah last modified Aug 28, 2012 10:48 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Facebook's Delicate Dance With Delhi On Censorship
At the end of last week, a hashtag briskly rose across India: #Emergency2012. It was a reference to the 21-month stint, beginning in the summer of 1975, when ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 03, 2012 04:39 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
The state. And the rage of the cyber demon
The Internet might be a Pandora’s box. But should the government be wasting time regulating the cacophony? by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 03, 2012 11:03 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Government to hold talks with stakeholders on Internet censorship
In an unprecedented move, the government, through the Department of Telecommunications and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, has agreed ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 03:39 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Government asks Twitter to block fake 'PMO India' accounts; site fails to respond
A standoff between the government and microblogging service Twitter, that has got India's online community up in arms, continues, as Twitter is still to act on ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 04, 2012 12:24 PM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Intermediary Liability & Freedom of Expression — Executive Summary
This document provides a critique of “The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011 and proposes an alternate set of Rules. by Rishabh Dara last modified Apr 24, 2016 11:54 AM — Filed under: , ,
Are we Losing the Right to Privacy and Freedom of Speech on Indian Internet?
The article was published in DNA on March 10, 2016. by Amber Sinha last modified Mar 16, 2016 02:44 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Hard to broad ban!
The provisions under the Telegraph Act are wispy and can’t be convincingly invoked to exercise a jurisdiction on the internet world. by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 22, 2016 05:00 PM — Filed under: ,