Countering Misinformation: Policies and Solutions, Mumbai

SFLC.in is organizing “Countering Misinformation: Policies and Solutions” a panel discussion to understand the phenomenon of misinformation and disinformation, and discuss solutions to tackle the issue.

In recent times, the impact of misinformation and disinformation campaigns in terms of inciting violence, mob lynchings and manipulating elections have reached unprecedented levels. The Internet has undoubtedly facilitated the spread of fake news due to its wide reach and the ease it provides to spread information easily.

Countering Misinformation: Policies and Solutions, Bangalore

SFLC.in is organizing “Countering Misinformation: Policies and Solutions” a panel discussion to understand the phenomenon of misinformation and disinformation, and discuss solutions to tackle the issue.

In recent times, the impact of misinformation and disinformation campaigns in terms of inciting violence, mob lynchings and manipulating elections have reached unprecedented levels. The Internet has undoubtedly facilitated the spread of fake news due to its wide reach and the ease it provides to spread information easily.

Countering Misinformation: Policies and Solutions, New Delhi

SFLC.in is organizing “Countering Misinformation: Policies and Solutions” a panel discussion to understand the phenomenon of misinformation and disinformation, and discuss solutions to tackle the issue.

In recent times, the impact of misinformation and disinformation campaigns in terms of inciting violence, mob lynchings and manipulating elections have reached unprecedented levels. The Internet has undoubtedly facilitated the spread of fake news due to its wide reach and the ease it provides to spread information easily.

Supreme Court Issues Notice to the Centre for Continued use of Section 66A of the IT Act, 2000

 

Yesterday, The Supreme Court of India issued notice to the Central Government for the continued use of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 ("the IT Act"), despite the provision being struck down from the statute books as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in its landmark judgment - Shreya Singhal v. Union of India (2015) [WP (Criminal) No. 167 of 2012). The court has directed the Centre to file a counter affidavit within 4 weeks and another week has been granted for a rejoinder. The petition has been filed by People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

Social Media Communications Hub: A Privacy Nightmare

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 analyzing social media communications etc.

Open letter to messaging apps urging platform changes to protect users

We, along with other stakeholder organizations and individuals, are issuing an open letter urging Internet-based messaging service providers like WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal and others to make modifications to their platforms so users can no longer be added to group chats without express permission. Highlighting that the current implementation of group chats leave users vulnerable to large-scale harassment and privacy violations, the open letter urges messaging service providers on behalf of the multi-stakeholder community to take immediate corrective action.

RTI: MeitY provides details of Blocked Websites/URLs

On August 28, 2017, SFLC.in filed an application under the Right to Information Act, 2005 seeking the following information:

1. The number of websites that are currently blocked in India.

2. Names and URLs of the websites that are blocked.

3. Copies of blocking orders that have been issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to block such websites.