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Right to Exclusion, Government Spaces, and Speech
The conclusion of the litigation surrounding Trump blocking its critiques on Twitter brings to forefront two less-discussed aspects of intermediary liability: ... by Torsha Sarkar last modified Jul 02, 2021 12:05 PM — 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: , , , , , , , ,
On the legality and constitutionality of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021
This note examines the legality and constitutionality of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The ... by Torsha Sarkar, Gurshabad Grover, Raghav Ahooja, Pallavi Bedi and Divyank Katira last modified Jun 21, 2021 11:52 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: , , ,
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: , , ,
Centre for Internet and Society joins the Dynamic Coalition for Platform Responsibility
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has joined the multistakeholder cooperative engagement amidst stakeholders towards creating Due Diligence ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Oct 07, 2014 10:54 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , ,
MPs oppose curbs on internet; Sibal promises discussions
With MPs raising concerns over open-ended interpretations of restrictive terms in the rules seeking to regulate social media and internet, the government ... by Prasad Krishna last modified May 24, 2012 10:25 AM — Filed under: , ,
Donald Trump is attacking the social media giants; here’s what India should do differently
For a robust and rights-respecting public sphere, India needs to ensure that large social media platforms receive adequate protections, and are made more ... by Anna Liz Thomas and Gurshabad Grover last modified Jun 25, 2020 09:07 AM — Filed under: , ,
Analyzing the Latest List of Blocked Sites (Communalism and Rioting Edition) Part II
Snehashish Ghosh does a further analysis of the leaked list of the websites blocked by the Indian Government from August 18, 2012 till August 21, 2012 (“leaked ... by Snehashish Ghosh last modified Sep 27, 2012 10:42 AM — Filed under: , , , , , ,
Online Pre-Censorship is Harmful and Impractical
The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal wants Internet intermediaries to pre-censor content uploaded by their users. ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Dec 12, 2011 05:00 PM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
Intermediary liability law needs updating
The time has come for India to exert its foreign policy muscle. There is a less charitable name for intermediary liability regimes like Sec 79 of the IT Act — ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Feb 13, 2019 12:05 AM — Filed under: ,
Webinar on counter-comments to the draft Intermediary Guidelines
CCAOI and the ISOC Delhi Chapter organised a webinar on February 11 to discuss the comments submitted to the Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines ... by Admin last modified Feb 22, 2019 01:51 AM — Filed under: , ,
Reading the Fine Script: Service Providers, Terms and Conditions and Consumer Rights
This year, an increasing number of incidents, related to consumer rights and service providers, have come to light. This blog illustrates the facts of the ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Jul 04, 2014 06:31 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Minimising Legal Risks of Online Intermediaries while Protecting User Rights
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in partnership with Software Freedom Law Centre ( is organizing a workshop during the APrIGF event to be held ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 29, 2014 07:50 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Constitutional Analysis of the Information Technology (Intermediaries' Guidelines) Rules, 2011
Ujwala Uppaluri provides a constitutional analysis of the Information Technology (Intermediaries' Guidelines) Rules notified in April 2011, and examines its ... by Ujwala Uppaluri last modified Oct 31, 2012 08:44 AM — Filed under: , ,
Summary Report Internet Governance Forum 2015
Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), India participated in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held at Poeta Ronaldo Cunha Lima Conference Center, Joao ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Nov 30, 2015 10:47 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
How India Makes E-books Easier to Ban than Books (And How We Can Change That)
Without getting into questions of what should and should not be unlawful speech, Pranesh Prakash chooses to take a look at how Indian law promotes arbitrary ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Feb 21, 2012 11:50 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
A Deep Dive into Content Takedown Timeframes
Since the 1990s, internet usage has seen a massive growth, facilitated in part, by growing importance of intermediaries, that act as gateways to the internet. ... by Torsha Sarkar last modified Jun 26, 2020 11:59 AM — Filed under: , ,
To regulate Net intermediaries or not is the question
Given the disruption to public order caused by the mass exodus of North-Eastern Indians from several cities, the government has had for the first time in many ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Aug 26, 2012 06:12 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Rethinking the intermediary liability regime in India
The article consolidates some of our broad thematic concerns with the draft amendments to the intermediary liability rules, published by MeitY last December. ... by Torsha Sarkar last modified Aug 16, 2019 01:49 AM — Filed under: , ,
The Take Down of Free Speech Online
As part of a study to access rate of compliance, in 2011, the Centre for Internet and Society Bangalore sent frivolous “take down” requests to seven prominent ... by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 06, 2014 05:19 AM — Filed under: ,
A trust deficit between advertisers and publishers is leading to fake news
Transparency regulations is need of the hour. And urgently for election and political advertising. What do the ads look like? Who paid for them? Who was the ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Oct 02, 2018 06:44 AM — Filed under: , ,
India- EU FTA: A Note on the Copyright Issues
In this blog post, Nehaa Chaudhari gives us an overview of some of the provisions of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the copyright issues identified ... by Nehaa Chaudhari last modified Jul 03, 2013 06:47 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Invisible Censorship: How the Government Censors Without Being Seen
The Indian government wants to censor the Internet without being seen to be censoring the Internet. This article by Pranesh Prakash shows how the government ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Jan 04, 2012 08:59 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
No more 66A!
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has struck down Section 66A. Today was a great day for freedom of speech on the Internet! When Section 66A was in ... by Geetha Hariharan last modified Mar 26, 2015 02:01 AM — Filed under: , , , , , , , ,
The Supreme Court Judgment in Shreya Singhal and What It Does for Intermediary Liability in India?
Even as free speech advocates and users celebrate the Supreme Court of India's landmark judgment striking down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act of ... by Jyoti Panday last modified Apr 17, 2015 11:59 PM — 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 24, 2012 03:38 PM — Filed under: , , , , , , , ,
Statutory Motion Against Intermediary Guidelines Rules
Rajya Sabha MP, Shri P. Rajeev has moved a motion that the much-criticised Intermediary Guidelines Rules be annulled. by Pranesh Prakash last modified Apr 03, 2012 09:35 AM — Filed under: , , , , ,
India's Broken Internet Laws Need a Shot of Multi-stakeholderism
Cyber-laws in India are severely flawed, with neither lawyers nor technologists being able to understand them, and the Cyber-Law Group in DEIT being incapable ... by Pranesh Prakash last modified Apr 26, 2012 01:45 PM — Filed under: , , , , , ,