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RTI responses provide copies of Internet shutdown orders

May 5, 2017

India has seen a steep rise in the number of Internet shutdowns over the last few years. At SFLC.in, we have been tracking such instances of Internet shutdowns – see our dynamic Internet Shutdown Tracker

22 social media websites blocked in Kashmir valley for up to one month

April 27, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Jammu and Kashmir Government directed Internet Service Providers to block access to 22 social media sites in the Kashmir Valley for up to one month. The move reportedly came

Summary Report – Access Denied: Internet Shutdowns in a Digital India [April 24, 2017; New Delhi]

April 26, 2017

On 24th April, 2017, SFLC.in in association with Digital Empowerment Foundation, Internet Democracy Project, IT for Change, Centre for Internet and Society, and Foundation for Media Professionals organized a public discussion titled “Access Denied: Internet

Notable technology and rights related litigations

April 12, 2017

Below is a compilation of some notable technology and rights related litigations from India, on-going and concluded. This list includes matters filed before the Indian Supreme Court as well as various High Courts, and covers

RightsCon 2017, Brussels – An Overview

April 7, 2017

RightsCon 2017 is over, and we have lots to say about it. The Conference took place over a three day period, i.e. 29-31 March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. We would like to thank Access Now

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 SFLC.in 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, SFLC.in 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