SFLC.in has a quick summary: The Thirty-first Report of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation (2012-2013) was presented in the Lok Sabha today on 21 March, 2013 by Shri P. Karunakaran, Chairman of the Committee. The Committee examined the following rules:- (i) The Information Technology (Reasonable security practices and procedures and sensitive personal data or information) … More Lok Sabha committee tells Kapil Sibal to re-examine the Information Technology Rules 2011
Until Nikhil Pahwa of Medianama.com informed me, I had no clue that India’s unjust and arbitrary internet censorship regime had finally affected Kafila. Medianama published on Friday 15 February a list of 78 URLs that the Department of Telecommunications had ordered ISPs to block. 73 of them were webpages critical of the Indian Institute of … More Arindam Chaudhuri promises to get Kafila page unblocked
While freedom of speech and expression in India is under attack from all sides, have you noticed how the rich and the powerful can say what they like without getting arrested, facing FIRs and courts, hiring lawyers and so on? While an innocuous tweet or Facebook status update can land you in police lock-up on … More Freedom of speech in India is for the rich and the powerful
Ironically, the random arrest of people for tweets or Facebook postings made some of us happy—happy that, at last, citizens have started showing concern about internet censorship. But lock-up gates had to clang at night on the faces of a few people before we realised that, in our pompous democracy, the might of the state … More This Troll Has a Very Long Nose
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Guest post by PRANESH PRAKASH This morning, there was a short report in the Mumbai Mirror about two girls having been arrested for comments one of them made, and the other ‘liked’, on Facebook about Bal Thackeray: Police on Sunday arrested a 21-year-old girl for questioning the total shutdown in the city for Bal Thackeray’s … More Social Media Regulation vs. Suppression of Freedom of Speech: Pranesh Prakash
Guest post by MISHI CHOUDHARY The recent curbs on social networking websites in India demonstrate the unpredictability of the legal environment, both for businesses and the citizens. Whether its the Government of India’s (GoI) insistence on getting access to corporate emails and text messages sent via BlackBerry devices, or changing stances on “pre-screening” user … More Quietly censors the nanny state: Mishi Choudhary