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Despite the fact that free speech in India is a constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right that applies online as much as it does offline, instances of censorship are not uncommon. Restrictions on online free speech are imposed at times in a manner that is far from “reasonable”, be it through arbitrary and unilateral determinations of what is acceptable and what isn’t, or by divulging precious little information as to why particular content was censored. In recognition of the importance of an unrestricted Internet to the functioning of democracies, and also of the significant compromises of free speech made by undue censorship, we work to ensure that online censorship is undertaken only in accordance with established law and that said law is fair, just and reasonable.

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Joint Letter to the Central and State Governments on Unwarranted, Excessive, Collection and Processing of Personal Data of Individuals during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, New Delhi: Delhi-based non-profit legal services organization SFLC.IN along with a coalition of non-profit organisations, civil society groups, lawyers, public policy professionals, technologists, social activists, entrepreneurs, and citizens voice their concerns urging the government to resort to strict legal measures to regulate and supervise the collection, and subsequent processing of personal data of […]

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Websites blocked in 2019

 Websites blocked by MeitY in 2019 In a reply to our latest RTI on blocked websites Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) revealed that the Ministry issued blocking orders for 20 websites between January to October 2019. No further information was provided by the Ministry. The following information was sought by us: 1) Number […]

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Madras High Court Bans Downloading of TikTok

On April 3, 2019, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court issued an order (the court order is attached below) prohibiting downloading the TikTok mobile app. The bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar has also restrained the media from telecasting videos made on the app and has asked the Central Government whether […]

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Over 14000 Websites Blocked By MEITY

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. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), in its reply to an RTI application filed by SFLC.in has stated that the ministry has blocked 14221 websites/URLs […]

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Summary Report for Panel Discussion on Online Harassment at APrIGF2018

The 9th Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) convened from 13th to 16thAugust, 2018 at Iririki Island Resort, Port-Vila, Vanuatu with the overarching theme “Empowering Communities in Asia Pacific to build an Affordable, Inclusive, Open and Secure Internet”. APrIGF is a multi-stakeholder platform for public policy discourse on Internet and its impact on society. […]

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

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. The launch event began with a short keynote by Rajat Kathuria, Director and Chief Executive at ICRIER followed by the report launch […]

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