Why does the north–south divide extend to internet shutdowns?

An article discussing divide in internet shutdowns between north and south India, Prasanth Sugathan was quoted as saying “If you look at laws that are used to impose internet shutdowns — the commonly used CrPC Section 144 or the Telegraph Act that’s been used in some cases — they are applicable uniformly across the country.” 

| Livemint

Supreme Court strikes down some sections of Aadhaar Act: What it means

In an article discussing the revamped legal framework for Aadhaar by Supreme Court, Prasanth Sugathan was quoted as saying, “The limitations about time of storage, on metadata analysis and state interference are important developments for privacy. Also, the striking down of Section 57 that gave access to private companies puts a stop to this mission creep of Aadhaar. This gives much-needed relief to the common public”. 


Centre mulls strict warning for WhatsApp as face-off over origin of fake messages continues

In an article discussing the ongoing faceoff between messaging platform WhatsApp and the government which has reached the Supreme Court, Prasanth Sugathan said that messaging platforms will have to work with various stakeholders to prevent the spread of misinformation and violent content.

| Economic Times

SFLC.in announces a digital security training program

ET Tech published a report on our recently launched Digital Security Trainings initiative, as part of which we will be organizing workshops across the country to raise awareness and impart hands-on training around digital security practices.

| Open Source

The What, Why and How of the GPL

In this article Mishi Choudhary discusses Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and its importance
| Quartz

India’s internet shutdowns are costing the economy billions of dollars

In an article discussing government's growing tendency to switch off the internet to contain social and political disturbances, data from SFLC website is mentioned



In an article discussing the data protection bill released by the Justice BN Srikrishna panel, Mishi Choudhary was quoted as saying “A few things that stand out are the provisions on Data Localisation, criminal liabilities making all offences cognisable and non-bailable, burdensome processes for us who are called Data Principals and extensive powers to the States. Withdrawal of consent by Data Principals is not simple and makes us responsible for all the legal consequences that follow. It’s a tricky task to balance in any case”.

| Huffington Post India

Srikrishna Report: Dissent Notes Point To High Stakes Battle To Control Data of 1.2 Billion Indians

In an article discussing the Srikrishna report on data protection, Mishi Choudhary was quoted as saying "We have grappled with the problems of criminal punishments, for almost a decade with the IT act. Making all offences cognizable and non-bailable with enforcement that happens in fits and bursts will only make it tougher for businesses. With little understanding of technology, sections are slapped forcing companies and executives to deal with the criminal machinery, the effectiveness of which need no mention."