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Prateek Waghre

Prateek Waghre

[Report] Letting Hate Flourish: YouTube and Koo's lax response to the reporting of hate speech against women in India and the US

A joint investigation between Global Witness and Internet Freedom Foundation into hateful content in the US and India reveals ineffective reporting processes.
01 February, 2024
5 min read

First Read: The Telecom Bill, 2023 is on Santa's evil list

The Telecom Bill, 2023, much like the 2022 one, continues to hang on to the colonial provisions of its 1885 predecessor it purportedly aims to overhaul. It misses a huge opportunity to reform the telecom sector and create a rights-centric law that protects user rights instead of infringing on it.
20 December, 2023
11 min read

Dear MIB, kill the bill and #LetUsChill: Our comments on the Broadcasting Bill, 2023

The Broadcasting Bill, 2023 may soon allow the government to censor streaming shows and news analysis by journalists. Join the campaign #LetUsChill and write to MIB using our template response in just a few steps.
07 December, 2023
4 min read

Statement: Exemption of CERT-In from the RTI Act dilutes institutional transparency and weakens individual privacy

An amendment to the Second Schedule to the RTI Act, 2005 was notified on November 24, 2023, exempting CERT-In from providing information under the Act. This move is certainly not in the public interest as it weakens the rights of the people by diluting an Act meant to empower them.
25 November, 2023
3 min read

Broadcast Services Bill not looking like a wow: Our First Read #LetUsChill

Our First Read of the Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023 includes concerns over inclusion of “Over-the-Top” (“OTT”) content & digital news under MIB's regulatory ambit. We express our concerns for online free speech and journalistic freedom.
15 November, 2023
10 min read

Aadhaar-based student ID raises alarms for privacy

The APAAR initiative under NEP 2020 envisions creating a unique ID for students, storing their education and extracurricular data in a permanent, life-long, longitudinal registry – all based on their Aadhaar.
27 October, 2023
7 min read

#DoTheRightsThing: Meta’s HRIA for India

Gearing up for the 2024 general elections, we bring you #DoTheRightsThing. This series aims to assess the reporting on human rights impact undertaken by significant platforms—the first in line, Meta's 2023 annual Human Rights Report.
14 October, 2023
8 min read

Nice to MeitYou! IFF writes to newly appointed MeitY Secretary

We wrote to the new MeitY secretary, welcoming him to the role and highlighting key areas that should be addressed in his tenure.
13 October, 2023
7 min read

Joining the DoTs: IFF writes to newly appointed DoT Secretary

We wrote to the new DoT secretary, welcoming him to the role and highlighting key areas that should be addressed in his tenure.
13 October, 2023
5 min read

Let there be light: our submissions on the Consumer Affairs Ministry's draft Dark Patterns Guidelines

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs invited comments on their draft guidelines to regulate and penalise dark patterns online. In our submissions, we make a case for establishing clear regulatory jurisdiction, addressing privacy concerns, and continually updating the scope of the guidelines.
10 October, 2023
6 min read

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