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Apar Gupta

Apar Gupta

Thank you TRAI for recommending against internet licensing! #SaveTheInternet

In a victory for internet users the telecom regulator pushed back against some awful proposals by telecom companies to force online service providers for licensing, revenue sharing or breaking their encryption. We have written to the DOT to accept them.
28 September, 2020
5 min read

Don't swipe next! We write to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for sustained hearings and an international human rights audit of Facebook India

There has been an alarming press report published in the Wall Street Journal on August 14, 2020 titled, “Facebook’s Hate-Speech Rules Collide with Indian Politics”. It merits urgent intervention and investigation into human rights breaches by Facebook India.
17 August, 2020
4 min read

We offer our support to environmental activists against web censorship. #WhatTheBlock

The websites of environmental collectives have came under web censorship over the past week. Among them, IFF is offering advice and support to LetIndiaBreathe.in (LIB) and FridaysForFuture (FFF).
13 July, 2020
4 min read

From, "sheer suddenness" to sustained deliberation. A letter to the IT Standing Committee.

The IT Standing Committee is going to meet soon. We bring to its notice a backlog of issues and flag website blocking (of DuckDuckGo or Reddit), internet shutdowns and facial recognition technology.
10 July, 2020
4 min read

Reverse the block on DuckDuckGo. We wrote to the Government. #WhatTheDuck

DuckDuckGo is a privacy respecting search engine that has a wide user base in India. Yesterday it was blocked in India due to which we wrote to the DOT and MEITY.
02 July, 2020
3 min read

Banning 59 Apps sets a concerning precedent. A detailed statement and initial action. #WhatTheBlock

In this post, we, through our statement, indicate areas of concerns around the legality of the process and also indicate how, by filing Right to Information requests, we are hoping for greater public disclosure.
01 July, 2020
8 min read

Joint Statement : The Government of Kerala must withdraw compulsory Aadhaar for state government jobs

Kalyani Menon Sen, a petitioner in the Aadhaar case has sent a legal notice to the Government of Kerala which has made Aadhaar mandatory for state government jobs. We are issuing a joint statement supporting this action.
29 June, 2020
3 min read

Whistleblower provides blocking orders for over 4000 websites #WhatTheBlock

A whistleblower provided us with blocking orders for more than 4000 websites in India. A majority of them are due to copyright claims and court orders.
26 June, 2020
3 min read

We urge the DOT to unblock WeTransfer. Open up our RTI resources to the public. #WhatTheBlock

Popular file-sharing service service, "WeTransfer'' has been blocked by a direction issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT). We have approached it to recall it's order.
09 June, 2020
7 min read

The Committee on IT is meeting next week! #SaveOurPrivacy

The Committee on IT is meeting on June 10, 2020 to discuss the issue of, "Citizens data security and privacy". We are hopeful it puts questions on Aarogya Setu and Data Breaches to the Ministry of IT.
05 June, 2020
3 min read

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