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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 […]

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Technology Policy Developments in India: 2018

As we tread towards the end of the year, 2018. SFLC.in brings you a summary of Tech-Policy developments for the year. We at SFLC.in, participated in some interesting technology policy initiatives in 2018. After the Right to Privacy judgment and EU GDPR, India this year saw extensive activity on the tech-policy front, TRAI submitted its […]

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Instituting the Freedom to Share

Prof. Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary wrote an op-ed that appeared in The Hindu on March 20, 2015, discussing the need for a national innovation policy rather than a National IPR policy. The op-ed can be accessed here.

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Telecom companies should not own content, urge net neutrality experts

As the government firms up its policy on ensuring net neutrality, experts urge that disallowing telecom operators from owning any proprietary content could become a direct way to ensure that no specific content is pushed or promoted over others. At the very least, the principles of net neutrality that guarantees consumers equal and non-discriminatory access […]

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Bringing Freedom to the Internet in India

In a landmark judgment on Tuesday, the Indian Supreme Court has recognised the immense importance of free expression in the development of India in the 21st century. In its judgment, Supreme Court has restructured India’s constitutional law of free speech for the Internet age. The judgment quotes Shakespeare and excerpts from older case law and […]

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Victory for team of young lawyers, activists

Tuesday’s verdict is a victory for a loose coalition of young lawyers, Internet activists and researchers who filed separate petitions but helped each other with backroom work and creating public opinion over the last two years. Mishi Choudhary, a technology lawyer and founding director of the non-profit, Software Freedom Law Centre, that works on online […]

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Section 66A scrapped: Supreme Court adds muscle to social media

In a landmark judgment on Tuesday, the Supreme Court quashed Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, which clamped down on freedom of speech and allowed the State to arrest people posting “offensive content”. The new judgment means, now on, no one will now be arrested for a Facebook post, tweet or cartoon. […]

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India’s Supreme Court strikes down law against offensive online content

India’s Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional an Internet law that provided for the arrest of people sending online messages considered offensive or menacing. The court struck down on Tuesday section 66A of the Information Technology Act, describing it as vague, and said it did not fall under reasonable restrictions on free speech. “This […]

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India Once Again Awakens To Freedom: A Watershed Moment

Indian Supreme Court has given India what it deserves — a chance to experience free and open Internet and protection against censorship. The court said that Section 66A of the IT Act was not compatible with the morality of freedom, with our constitutional law, or with the human rights of every Indian. Even as successive […]

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Section 66A of IT Act: This week our heads are held high

March 25, 2015 – The verdict is rocking, with the times. Beautiful quotes (by) Shakespeare, Mark Antony’s speech in Julius Caesar to explain what incitement means. (It is a) Very thorough judgment. The world was watching and while last week, it was difficult to justify the litany of bans, this week our heads are held […]

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Section 66A: Why SC didn’t think government would act responsibly on censorship

On March 24, the Supreme Court took an unambiguous stand in favour of free speech on the internet by striking down the now infamous Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act) as “unconstitutional”. The momentous verdict, delivered by judges J Chemaleshwar and RF Nariman, was the culmination of constitutional challenges to various […]

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IT Act: Industry tight-lipped on Supreme Court upholding content blocking rules

Free-speech activists and social media experts applauded the Supreme Court’s order to scrap a law that allowed police to arrest anyone posting “offensive” messages online, but many are still concerned about another section of the Information Technology Act that allowed blocking of websites and online content.User-content-driven companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, however, remained […]

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