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Letter to the Standing Committee on Information Technology on Content Moderation by Social Media Platforms

SFLC.in has written to the Standing Committee on Information Technology chaired by Dr. Shashi Tharoor on the Content Moderation policies of Social Media platforms. The letter was written in light of the recent allegations that have come forward against social media platform Facebook regarding selectively moderating hate speech in favor of the ruling party on its platform. The Wall Street […]

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Report from the panel discussion on “Reconciling State’s Interest With a Digital Life”

Report from the panel discussion on “Reconciling State’s Interest With a Digital Life” Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC.in) in collaboration with Live Law hosted a panel on August 4, 2020 to commemorate a year of communication blockade in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The panel on “Reconciling State’s interest with a digital life” […]

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Roundtable on Encryption, September 3rd, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Roundtable on Encryption, September 3rd, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM On September 3rd, 2020, Software Freedom Law Centre, India (SFLC.in) organized a multi-stakeholder round-table discussion to “Individual Liberty vs. National Security” debate, and to address the concerns arising from conflicting encryption regulations across the world through the lens of members of civil society, journalists, technologists and lawmakers.The […]

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Multistakeholder Roundtable on India’s Draft Intermediaries Guidelines

On June 26, 2020, the Indian Internet Multi-Stakeholder Coalition (IMSC) along with the Global Network Initiative (GNI) hosted the “Multistakeholder Roundtable on India’s Draft Intermediaries Guidelines Amendments” to deliberate on the key provisions of the Draft Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (“the Draft Rules”) from the perspective of international human rights law and principles. GNI […]

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The Future of Intermediary Liability in India

This report is our third in the series on Intermediary Liability. The first two reports can be downloaded from – here and here.  This report analyses four of the key changes recommended by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to the Intermediaries Guidelines under India’s Information Technology Act, 2000 – upload filters, traceability, local […]

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Round-Table Discussion on Intermediary Liability 2019

We are at the climax of a regime change on intermediary liability with the Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018 anticipated to be notified in mid-January, 2020. Having this as a backdrop, SFLC.IN intends to host a round-table discussion in Hyderabad on intermediary liability on the 20th December, 2019. You can register for the event by […]

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FAQ on surveillance in India.

What exactly is surveillance? The Merrian – Webster dictionary defines surveillance as “keeping a close watch kept on someone or something”. In the context of this FAQ we refer to the word ‘surveillance’ only to the act of real-time surveillance conducted by Governments through telecommunication systems (namely, telephones and the Internet), though private actors may […]

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Joint Letter to DPIIT on Lack of Transparency in the Public Consultation Process to the E-Commerce Policy

On 23 Feb. 2018, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“DPIIT”) released the ‘Draft National E-Commerce Policy’ (“the Draft Policy”) which addressed a wide range of issues, such as – data protection and ownership, cross-border data flow, foreign investment, tax and intermediary liability. The public consultation process for commenting on the Draft […]

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Blue Paper – Conference on Future of Tech Policy in India

We organised a Conference on ‘Future of Tech Policy in India’ on 15 March 2019 in Delhi. Over 150 people participated in the conference. Our report on Intermediary Liability 2.0 – A shifting Paradigm was launched during this conference.   A Blue Paper containing inputs received during this conference is available below. This document does not reflect […]

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FAQ – Draft National E-Commerce Policy

On 23rd February, 2019, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (“the DPIIT”) released the Draft National E-Commerce Policy (“the Draft Policy”) with the objective to help stakeholders fully benefit from opportunities arising from the progressive digitization of the domestic digital economy. The Draft Policy addresses a wide range of subjects such as […]

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Summary Report: ‘Defending Free Speech and Privacy on the Internet’ A Round Table Discussion on the Future of Intermediary Liability in India

SFLC.in organized a round table discussion on the Future of Intermediary Liability in India titled ‘Defending Free Speech and Privacy on the Internet’. The round table took place on 13th February, 2019 at India International Centre, New Delhi. Attendees included members of civil society, industry organizations, academia, representatives from tech companies, intermediaries, industry and media. […]

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Submission to Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology

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. We at SFLC.in made our submission on common forms of harm on the internet, common remedial measures undertaken or provided by […]

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Events

Roundtable on Encryption, September 3rd, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Roundtable on Encryption, September 3rd, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM On September 3rd, 2020, Software Freedom Law Centre, India (SFLC.in) organized a multi-stakeholder round-table discussion to “Individual Liberty vs. National Security” debate, and to address the concerns arising from conflicting encryption regulations across the world through the lens of members of civil society, journalists, technologists and lawmakers.The […]

Multistakeholder Roundtable on India’s Draft Intermediaries Guidelines

On June 26, 2020, the Indian Internet Multi-Stakeholder Coalition (IMSC) along with the Global Network Initiative (GNI) hosted the “Multistakeholder Roundtable on India’s Draft Intermediaries Guidelines Amendments” to deliberate on the key provisions of the Draft Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (“the Draft Rules”) from the perspective of international human rights law and principles. GNI […]

Blue Paper – Conference on Future of Tech Policy in India

We organised a Conference on ‘Future of Tech Policy in India’ on 15 March 2019 in Delhi. Over 150 people participated in the conference. Our report on Intermediary Liability 2.0 – A shifting Paradigm was launched during this conference.   A Blue Paper containing inputs received during this conference is available below. This document does not reflect […]