Submission to Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology

Feb 19, 2019

Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology invited views on the issue of “Safeguarding Citizens Rights on Social/Online News Media Platforms”. The views were heard on 11th February 2019 along with inputs from MeitY and Twitter.

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Over 14000 Websites Blocked By MEITY

Jan 07, 2019

There has been considerable spike in the number of websites/URLs being blocked from public access. Concerns on internet censorship cover inadequate safeguards, disproportionate blocking and ambiguous blocking orders.

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Summary Report for Panel Discussion on Online Harassment at APrIGF2018

Aug 29, 2018

The 9th Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) convened from 13thto 16thAugust, 2018 at Iririki Island Resort, Port-Vila, Vanuatu with the overarching theme

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Parliament ’s last opportunity to Modify/Annul Telecom Suspension Rules 2017?

Aug 09, 2018

Prior to the notification of Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services, Internet shutdowns were ordered under two statutes i.e Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (CrPC) and Indian Telegraph Act 1885.

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Report Launch by ICRIER, "Internet Blackout: Measuring the Economic Blackout of Internet Shutdowns in India"

Apr 25, 2018

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relarions (ICRIER) launched a report, "Internet Blackout: Measuring the Economic Blackout of Internet Shutdowns in India", on 25th April 2018, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

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RTI: MeitY provides details of Blocked Websites/URLs

Feb 12, 2018

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.

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DOT orders blockage of porn websites

Aug 04, 2015

A leaked order from the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has revealed that Indian Internet Service Providers (ISP) have been directed to block access to a list of 857 porn websites as they "relate to morality, decency as given in Article 19(2) of the Constitution

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SC refuses to issue interim order blocking pornographic content on the Internet; says it would violate Article 21

Jul 10, 2015

A writ petition filed by an Indore-based lawyer - Kamlesh Vaswani - seeking to prohibit and criminalize the viewing of Internet porn was taken up for hearing by a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, 8th July.

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BSNL says it can block whole websites only, not web-pages

May 12, 2015

This follows from our previous blog about DEITY's revelations on website blocking. SFLC.in had requested the following information from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) under the Right to Information Act, 2005:

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DEITY says 2341 URLs were blocked in 2014; refuses to reveal more

Apr 03, 2015

On March 9, 2015, SFLC.in requested the following information from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) under the Right to Information Act, 2005:

  • Number of URL-blocking orders issued by DEITY in 2012, 2013 and 2014

  • Number of URL-blocking orders issued by DEITY in 2012, 2013 and 2014 based on:

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