Conflicted sentiments: Analysing Budget 2022-23 trends

Budget 2022-2023 evokes conflicted sentiments. IFF attempts to analyse the highs and lows of the Union Budget, with a special focus on DoT, MeitY and MIB.

IFF releases the second edition of the Connectivity Tracker #MapTheDigitalDivide

IFF’s #connectivitytracker for Jan 2022 is here! In this edition of the report, we analyze the data on telecom and internet connectivity, digital divide in the context of access to online education, and the progress of government schemes aimed at improving internet access.

2021: Bringing public policy closer to the public

tl;drThroughout 2021, we have tried to respond to the various policy initiatives and projects launched by the Central and State governments with meaningful and privacy-respecting policy analysis. We have also utilized the Right to Information Act, 2005 to bring accountability in the working of every public authority. ConsultationsDate Consultation

Dissent is democratic: Looking at the dissent notes in the report of the JPC #SaveOurPrivacy

In the final report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, 8 Members of Parliament have filed dissent notes against the final recommendations. In this post, we look at what the MPs are saying and explain the various amendments proposed by them.

Comparing the Draft Data Protection Bill, 2021 with its predecessors

How have user rights fared through the multiple iterations of India's data protection law? In this post, we compare the latest version of the Bill to earlier versions to fund out.

Key Takeaways: The JPC Report and the Data Protection Bill, 2021 #SaveOurPrivacy

The report of the JPC on the PDPB was finally tabled in Parliament on December 16, 2021. Read on to learn about the 10 key takeaways from the report on issues such as user consent, user rights, the nature of the proposed Data Protection Authority, and exemptions granted to governments.

The National Digital Education Architecture: An explainer

In our latest explainer, we look at the National Digital Education Architecture, detailing what this policy entails and exploring its legislative and policy origins. We also explore issues of a lack of internet access, low digital literacy, and an inadequate consent framework.

Dead and Alive: Affidavits filed by States and High Courts reveal 470 pending cases under the struck down S.66A

States and High courts reveal that 470 cases are pending under the struck down S.66A, in response to an application filed by PUCL.

Whither net neutrality? On the urgent need to implement the TRAI’s recommendations on net neutrality

We wrote to the Minister for Telecommunications, Ashwini Vaishnaw to highlight the lack of implementation of TRAI’s recommendations regarding the enforcement of net neutrality principles by ISPs, which included establishing an independent Multi Stakeholder Body by the DoT.

[Revealed] Jaipur Internet Shutdown Orders: Cut, Copy, Paste!

We filed RTI applications to determine the extent of the Rajasthan government’s compliance with directions in Anuradha Bhasin. We have received a response from the Jaipur DC, who issued 30 Internet shutdown orders, which follow an identical copy, cut, paste format — same as Udaipur!