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The generation of e-Emergency
The next generation of censorship technology is expected to be ‘real-time content manipulation’ through ISPs and Internet companies. by Sunil Abraham last modified Jun 29, 2015 04:40 PM — Filed under: , ,
Criminal Defamation: The Urgent Cause That has United Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Subramanian Swamy
Three years ago when the then Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy accused Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and his mother of misappropriation of funds ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 16, 2015 01:45 PM — Filed under: , , ,
India launches crackdown on online porn
India has launched a crackdown on internet pornography, banning access to more than 800 adult websites, including Playboy and Pornhub. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Aug 05, 2015 01:21 AM — Filed under: , ,
Nanny state rules porn bad for you
by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 05, 2015 01:39 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
J&K social media ban: Use of 132-year-old Act can’t stand judicial scrutiny, say experts
Jammu and Kashmir's social media ban: Legal experts are not convinced this is a viable order by Prasad Krishna last modified May 04, 2017 02:12 AM — Filed under: , , ,
World Press Freedom Day 2017
Udbhav Tiwari represented the Centre for Internet & Society at the World Press Day event organised by UNESCO and the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) at ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 02:52 AM — Filed under: , ,
Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
Elonnai Hickok participated in the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 held in Stockholm from May 15 to 18, 2017. She spoke on the panel "Private sector and civil ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 01:43 PM — Filed under: , ,
Sense and Censorship
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills, at the US House of Representatives and Senate, respectively, appear to enforce property ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Jan 31, 2012 06:15 AM — Filed under: , ,
US Clampdown Worse than the Great Firewall
If you thought China’s Internet censorship was evil, think again. American moves to clean up the Web could hurt global surfers, writes Sunil Abraham in this ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Jan 26, 2012 08:42 PM — Filed under: , ,
RTI on Complaints under Section 79 of IT Act
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, gave its reply to an RTI application filed by ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 12, 2013 09:50 AM — Filed under: ,
E-Consultation on Cyber Security, Justice, and Governance Begins!
Sunil Abraham facilitated the e-consultation on "Internet access, the freedom of expression online, and development in the Global South" at the event organized ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 04, 2014 11:36 PM — Filed under: ,
Regulating Social Media: Unrealistic, Impossible, Necessary?
The Press Council of India Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju calls for regulating social media, saying it will prevent offensive material coming into the ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 30, 2013 04:50 PM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Public Debate on 'Differential Pricing': Series 1
The Centre for Internet and Society, in association with ICRIER and the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai, is pleased to announce “A ... by Vidushi Marda last modified Jan 27, 2016 01:51 PM — Filed under: , , ,
The Internet Has a New Standard for Censorship
The introduction of the new 451 HTTP Error Status Code for blocked websites is a big step forward in cataloguing online censorship, especially in a country ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Jan 30, 2016 09:17 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Facebook’s Fight to Be Free
In India, Mark Zuckerberg can’t give Internet access away. by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 31, 2016 09:11 AM — Filed under: , , ,
India, Egypt say no thanks to free Internet from Facebook
ALWAR, India — Connecting people to the Internet is not easy in this impoverished farming district of wheat and millet fields, where working camels can be ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 03, 2016 01:49 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
A Megacorp’s Basic Instinct
Bolstered by academia and civil society, TRAI stands its ground against FB’s Free Basics publicity blitz. by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 04, 2016 01:53 PM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
India bans Facebook’s ‘free’ Internet for the poor
India’s telecom regulator said Monday that service providers cannot charge discriminatory prices for Internet services, a blow to Facebook’s global effort to ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 10, 2016 02:53 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
India Sets Strict New Net Neutrality Rules
In India, advocates of net neutrality have welcomed new rules by the telecom regulator that have blocked efforts by Facebook to offer free but limited access ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 11, 2016 01:53 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
Free Speech and Public Order
In this post, Gautam Bhatia has explained the law on public order as a reasonable restriction to freedom of expression under Article 19(2) of the Constitution ... by Gautam Bhatia last modified Feb 18, 2016 06:23 AM — Filed under: ,
World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) had published a book in 2014 that examines free speech, expression and media ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Feb 17, 2016 05:03 PM — Filed under: ,
Why India snubbed Facebook's free Internet offer
The social media giant wanted to give the people of India free access to a chunk of the Internet, but the people weren't interested. by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 27, 2016 07:49 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Why the Internet is Making India Furious
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in Bangalore is a kind of hacker club for wonks and lawyers obsessed with issues of digital rights and global ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 28, 2016 03:01 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Rankathon on Digital Rights (Delhi, January 08)
Please join us on Sunday, January 08, at the CIS office in Hauz Khas, Delhi, for a rankathon to visualise, and contribute to the findings of the Ranking ... by Amber Sinha last modified Dec 29, 2016 07:10 AM — Filed under: , , ,
India: obscene pics of gods require massive human censorship of Google, Facebook
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 ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 17, 2012 09:46 AM — Filed under: , ,
Kapil Sibal & Co shoot down motion to kill IT Rules: cite terrorism, drugs
The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011 (The Rules) continue to breathe after the statutory motion to annul them moved by member of ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 09:45 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Twitter’s Censorship Move Aimed at Regaining China?
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. ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 30, 2012 04:54 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Open letter to Hillary Clinton on Internet Freedom
Last month I wrote an open letter to Hillary Clinton. It was based on a presentation I that I made during a panel discussion at a Google sponsored conference ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Sep 04, 2012 08:28 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Government blocks 32 websites to check ISIS propaganda
The Centre has blocked 32 websites, including,, and, in an effort to curb ISIS propaganda, prompting a wave ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 02, 2015 01:37 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Government blocks over 60 websites including github & sourceforge on anti-terror advisory
Over 60 websites and links, including popular online tools like Github and Sourceforge used by thousands of programmers have been blocked in India, triggering ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jan 02, 2015 02:22 PM — Filed under: , , ,