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Read our Open Letter to Electoral Candidates & Parliamentary Representatives on the Impact of Deepfakes on Electoral Outcomes

With endorsement from civil society organisations and individuals, we wrote to electoral candidates, political parties, and parliamentarians, urging them to publicly declare that they will not use deepfake technologies to create deceptive or misleading synthetic content for the 2024 Elections.
26 February, 2024
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Supreme Court Orders Publication of Review Committee Orders Relating to Internet Shutdowns

The Supreme Court has held that review committee orders under the Telecom Suspension Rules, 2017 must be published, while deliberations of the review committee need not necessarily be notified.
26 February, 2024
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Haryana police’s use of drones against protesting farmers is a disproportionate and unconstitutional response

Haryana police is deploying drones to drop tear gas shells and potentially surveil farmers protesting near the Shambhu border as part of their Delhi Chalo march. We write to state authorities contending that such use of technology is disproportionate and unconstitutional, and must cease immediately.
24 February, 2024
5 min read

Summary: A Global Witness and IFF report documenting YouTube and Koo’s ineffective response to flagged hate speech

A joint report by the Global Witness and Internet Freedom Foundation investigates how YouTube and Indian microblogging platform Koo respond to misogynistic hate speech that violates their platform policies, reported both in India and the United States.
23 February, 2024
4 min read

No place for tech: How digital interventions in NREGA are undermining rural social security

Mandatory digital ‘solutions’ introduced in the NREGA scheme by union and state governments, like Aadhaar-based payments, mobile monitoring apps, facial authentication and surveillance tools, are impinging on workers’ statutory rights and poking holes in the rural social security net.
20 February, 2024
8 min read

Into IT Standing Committee’s review of action taken by MeitY following its recommendations on citizen data security and privacy

This post breaks down the 55th report of the Standing Committee on Communications and IT, in which the Committee assesses the extent to which its recommendations on citizen data security and privacy were accepted and acted upon by the Ministry of Electronics and IT.
16 February, 2024
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Statement: Reportedly, IT Ministry looks to block Proton Mail on request of Tamil Nadu

Reportedly, the E2EE email service Proton Mail has received communication from MeitY regarding a potential block under S.69-A IT Act, at the request of the TN police over a hoax bomb threat sent to private schools in Chennai. 
15 February, 2024
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Statement: In response to a takedown order by MIB, The Caravan has taken down its article pertaining to killings by the Army stationed in Jammu & Kashmir

In response to a takedown order by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under Section 69A of the IT Act and the IT Rules, 2021, The Caravan has taken down its article pertaining to killings by the Army stationed in Jammu & Kashmir. 
14 February, 2024
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Statement: The ongoing internet shutdowns in the states of Haryana & Rajasthan, & online censorship in response to Farmers Protest

The ongoing internet shutdowns in the states of Haryana & Rajasthan, & online censorship in response to Farmers Protest 2024 have an adverse impact on our right to free speech & right to protest. 
13 February, 2024
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Budget Session 2024: A Digital Rights Review

Both houses of the Parliament were adjourned on February 10 after an 9-day run during which they discussed and passed the Union Interim Budget, passed bills, and answered questions raised by the opposition. In this post, we see how this parliamentary session fared on the digital rights front.
12 February, 2024
12 min read

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Campaigns & Projects

The Digital Patrakar Defence Clinic provides pro bono legal assistance to all journalists in India who face legal threats related to their reporting.

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IFF’s Project Panoptic aims to bring transparency and accountability to the relevant government stakeholders involved in the deployment and implementation of facial recognition technology (FRT) projects in India.

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#SaveOurPrivacy is an online collective launched in May, 2018 to safeguard your privacy and ensure a citizen centric data protection law.

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The ‘Zombie Tracker’ is a platform which monitors cases which include a charge under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act 2000 which was deemed unconstitutional by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Shreya Singhal v Union of India.

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