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Feb 27, 2020

Content Take Downs on the World Wide Web – A Global Reality

This paper is a legal analysis of five key cases on global take downs from around the world, namely Swami Ramdev v. Facebook Inc. (India, Delhi High Court), Google v. CNIL (France, CJEU), Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v. Facebook Ireland Ltd. (Austria, CJEU), Google Inc. v. Equustek SolutionsInc. (Canadian Supreme Court), and X v. Twitter Inc. (Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales). These judgments are the leading case law on the subject of global take downs internationally and the most recent case among these, the Delhi High Court case in Swami Ramdev v. Facebook Inc. discusses and relies on the remaining judgments.
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Mar 15, 2019

Intermediary Liability 2.0 – A Shifting Paradigm

This report looks at the current state of intermediary liability laws, notable litigations, present legal framework and glimpses into other jurisdictions including.
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May 16, 2018

Living in Digital Darkness – A Handbook on Internet Shutdowns in India

A report on the state of Internet shutdowns in India, analyzing its emergence as a public policy issue, governing laws, recorded instances, and impact among others.
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Nov 24, 2016

Report: Online Harassment – A Form of Censorship

We at SFLC.in have grown increasingly concerned of late by the appreciable spike in instances of online harassment across platforms. Whereas online speech platforms like social media websites, blogs, and discussion forums set the stage for unprecedented levels of public engagement in relevant policy discourses, the widespread prevalence of abusive, threatening, and otherwise hostile content threatens to seriously hinder the efficient utilization of these critical speech platforms. On November 22, 2016, we published a report titled “Online Harassment: A Form of Censorship“, which compiles findings from a year of research into the issue, and attempts to provide an insight into the relevant national and socio-political factors influencing exploitative uses of the Internet. It also features narratives from 18 individuals including legislators, policy makers, civil society actors, media professionals, and writers, almost all of whom have had experiences with being targeted for online harassment. The report was jointly released by Mr. Baijayant Panda (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha), Mr. Arvind Gupta (National Head, Information and Technology, BJP), Mr. Anyesh Roy [Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell), Delhi Police], Mr. Chetan Krishnaswamy (Director, Public Policy, Google India), Ms. Mahima Kaul (Head of Public Policy, Twitter India), Mr. Saikat Datta (Cyber Security Consultant and Consulting Editor, Scroll.in), and Ms. Anja Kovacs (Director, Internet Democracy Project) at an event organized in association with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, Internet Democracy Project, Foundation for Media Professionals, and IT for Change.
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Dec 10, 2015

Info-graphic on Internet censorship in India (2012 – 2015)

A record of instances of Internet censorship in India between 2012 and 2015 is depicted in this info-graphic. Details of these instances can be accessed here. View/Download the info-graphic (more…)
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Sep 03, 2014

“India’s Surveillance State” – Our Report On Communications Surveillance in India

The report delves into communications surveillance in India and takes an in-depth look at various aspects of India's surveillance machinery, including enabling provisions of law, service provider obligations, and known mechanisms. It examines compliance of India's legal provisions on surveillance with the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance that were formulated after a global consultation with civil society groups, industry, and international experts in communications surveillance law, policy, and technology. (more…)
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Aug 29, 2014

A Report On The Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011

SFLC.in released the report, "Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 - An Analysis" on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The report was released jointly by Members of Parliament Sh. Jay Panda, Sh. Jagadambika Pal,Sh. Jayant Choudhary along with Dr. Arvind Gupta IT Cell Head of BJP, Dr. Govind CEO, NIXI.

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What Our Leaders Have Said..

The following speech was made by Sh. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Minister of Corporate Affairs and Minister of Defence, when he was the leader of opposition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9La4zgCyviU
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Mar 27, 2012

eBook on IT Intermediary Rules

Software Freedom Law Center, india (sflc.in) has brought out an eBook that explains the issues with the Information Technology (Intermedairies Guidelines) Rules 2011. The eBook is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license. Please feel free to download and distribute it.

 

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