A ‘Digital Rights Reform Agenda’ for India - What Have Political Parties Missed Out this Election Season?

Apr 12, 2019

Yesterday, India entered 7-phases of national elections spanning a little over a month. This election season, we bring to you a ‘Digital Rights Reform Agenda’ which is missing from most political parties’ promises and manifestos. We believe that these topics should be on the agenda list of all political outfits in India claiming a stake on parliament seats. A list of key digital rights issues worthy of political importance are

Read More

Read me not: List of banned books in India

Dec 18, 2018

Over the years India has seen various books being banned for several reasons, ranging from defamation to offending religious sentiments of a community.

Read More

Social Media Communications Hub: A Privacy Nightmare

Aug 08, 2018

On April 25, 2018 the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting released a bid document (“SMCH Bid Document”) stating its intent to establish a Social Media Communication Hub (“SMCH”) which would enable processes such as analyzing large volumes of data across diverse digital platforms in real time, comprehensive analytics along with monitoring and analyzin

Read More

RTI reply from Rajasthan Home Department reveals 26 unreported Internet Shutdowns

Jul 14, 2018

We at SFLC.in have been tracking incidents of Internet shutdowns across India in an attempt to draw attention towards the number and frequency of shutdowns, which are imposed for reasons ranging from curbing unrest to preventing cheating during examinations. This data is made publicly available in the form of an interactive Internet Shutdown Tracker hosted on our dedicated website www.internetshutdowns.in, which also features additional resources on the topic.

Read More

[RTI] 23030 websites/URLs currently blocked in India

Oct 09, 2017

According to the Cyber Laws and E-Security Group under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Group (MeitY), as many as 23,030 websites /URLs are currently blocked in India.

This information was received as a reply to a Right to Information application filed by us on August 28, 2017.

Read More

The Internet Archive is among 2650 websites blocked for copyright infringement

Aug 12, 2017

The Internet Archive – a non-profit initiative that has been archiving online content like web pages, books, text, audio, video, images, and software since 1996 – has become one of the latest casualties in the Indian movie industry’s crusade against online piracy.

Read More

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

Apr 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.

Read More

RightsCon 2017, Brussels – An Overview

Apr 07, 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 for organizing and managing a smoothly conducted conference with over a thousand people in attendance. Mishi Choudhary, Biju K. Nair and Sukarn S.

Read More

Press release: Report on ‘Online Harassment: A form of Censorship’

Dec 03, 2016

Mindless abuse and threats of violence are commonplace on online speech platforms like social media websites nowadays, says a new report titled, ‘Online Harassment: A Form of Censorship’, by SFLC.IN, a Delhi-based not-for-profit legal services organization.

Read More

Internet Shutdown Trends in India

Dec 02, 2016

Over the past few years, the number of instances in which Internet access was blocked for entire regions by the Indian Government has been steadily climbing. These “Internet shutdowns” are usually instituted as responses to conflict situations i.e.

Read More