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Prateek Waghre

Prateek Waghre

Censorship, Surveys, and Seizures: Developments around the BBC Documentary

The MIB banned re-sharing & uploading of links of the BBC Documentary using emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021. The Income Tax Department carried out 3 day long survey operations at the BBC India offices in Delhi & Mumbai. We elaborate on our concerns with these actions in this post.
03 March, 2023
7 min read

#5 questions to ask the Grievance Appellate Committee

The three Grievance Appellate Committee(s) (GAC), constituted under the notified IT Amendment Rules, 2022, become functional today, i.e. March 01, 2023. As part of our series #5Questions, this post covers 5 questions that are worth raising with the GAC.
01 March, 2023
6 min read

Standing Committee on IT highlights lack of action taken by the Government and reiterates it recommendations on internet shutdowns

In our letter to the Standing Committee on IT, we note with appreciation the recommendations, made in its 37th Action Taken report, of bringing the issue of internet shutdowns to the forefront and recommending concrete steps to address it.
28 February, 2023
6 min read

Many mysteries of 'Digital India Bill'

This post is dedicated towards throwing some light on the much talked, heard, and discussed about ‘Digital India Bill’ (DIB), which strangely hasn’t even seen the light of the day yet.
20 February, 2023
9 min read

MeitY’s merry go round: Statement on blocking and unblocking(?) of apps by MeitY

MeitY has reportedly issued orders to block over 230 applications/ platforms, after receiving instructions from the Ministry of Home Affairs. MeitY hasn't yet furnished an official reasoning and justification for it. Read our full statement here.
10 February, 2023
6 min read

We fact check the PIB fact checking amendments

Our response to the proposed amendment in relation to PIB's fact checking powers highlights the concerns pertaining, but not limited to executive overreach, ambiguity in definitions, violation of the Supreme Court’s Shreya Singhal judgement and barriers in the consultation process.
06 February, 2023
8 min read

Previously under-utilised budgets make us wary of the increased allocation in the 2023-2024 Budget

This blog post includes the analyse of the 2023-24 Budget as well as its comparison with the 2022-2023 budget and revised estimates. While Increased allocations in the 2023-24 Budget is a positive sign, there are some disappointing lows as well.
03 February, 2023
11 min read

Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Budget Session 2023

Our legislative brief on digital rights for the Budget Session 2023 highlights some of the focus areas within the larger issues of digital rights, online content regulation, platform governance and free speech, data protection, etc. that call for extensive deliberation in the Houses of Parliament.
01 February, 2023
4 min read

Gamers, have you been Pwned? We send our comments on the proposed amendments to the IT Rules, 2021 in relation to Online gaming

On January 02, 2023, MeitY proposed amendments to the IT Rules, 2021, in relation to online gaming. We sent our detailed comments to MeitY on January 13, 2023, listing our various concerns.
16 January, 2023
3 min read

TRAI-caller? We tell TRAI why a central registry is a bad idea.

We submit our comments on TRAI's consultation paper on the ‘Introduction of Calling Name Presentation (CNAP) in Telecommunication Networks’. We emphasise on the need to obtain informed consent from subscribers and the need to use this service responsibly and ethically.
09 January, 2023
4 min read

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