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Joint letters to Chief Ministers raising concerns over Internet shutdowns

March 29, 2017

Concerned by the recurring Internet shutdowns imposed by states across India, we, along with a group of citizens and organizations, sent letters to the Chief Ministers of all states that have witnessed shutdowns in the

Report: Online Harassment – A Form of Censorship

November 24, 2016

We at have grown increasingly concerned of late by the appreciable spike in instances of online harassment across platforms. Whereas online speech platforms like social media websites, blogs, and discussion forums set the stage

Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur, David Kaye’s study on Freedom of Expression in Telecommunications and Internet Access

November 9, 2016

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, David Kaye, is conducting a study on Freedom of Expression in Telecommunications and Internet Access as part

Summary Report: Second Roundtable on Hateful and Harassing Speech Online

October 7, 2016

On 6th September, 2016, organized the second in a series of consultations at the India International Centre, New Delhi on the various facets of hateful and harassing speech online. Both the roundtables had representation

Legality of Internet shutdowns under Section 144 CrPC

February 10, 2016
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India has seen numerous Internet shutdowns for various reasons in this year, all under the same provision of law – Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC). This section resides as the

Marco Civil da Internet – the Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights

May 8, 2014

President  Dilma Rousseff signed into law Marco Civil da Internet, often dubbed as the Internet Bill of Rights, on April 23, 2014 at NETmundial, the Global Multistakeholder meeting on Internet Governance.  The Bill was earlier

Freedom after expression…

January 24, 2013 participated in the Third South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression which was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 14-15 January 2013 .  The focus of the meeting was on the increasing

Dear Government, Please Go Back to the Drawing Board

March 28, 2012

Shri. P.Rajeeve, MP representing Kerala in the Rajya Sabha has moved a statutory motion to get the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) 2011 annulled. This motion has been admitted and will be coming up before the Rajya Sabha

Backdoor Censorship Alias Intermediary Pre-Screening

December 12, 2011

Kapil Sibal’s diktat to social networking sites to pre-screen user generated content has generated a fresh debate on the issue of freedom of expression. The Minister in an interview tothe Hindu clarified that the intention was to

Thank You Mr Sibal!

December 10, 2011

We at , have been crying ourselves hoarse, on the Government Of India’s clamp down on Freedom of Speech and Expression since April 2011 . Why April? In April, the Central Government notified the