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Tejasi Panjiar

Tejasi Panjiar

Press Release: Civil society organisations express urgent concerns over the integrity of the 2024 general elections to the Lok Sabha

11 civil society organisations wrote to the ECI, highlighting the role of technology in affecting electoral outcomes. The letter includes an urgent appeal to the ECI to uphold the integrity of the upcoming elections and hold political actors and digital platforms accountable to the voters. 
08 April, 2024
2 min read

IFF Explains: How a vulnerability in a government cloud service could have exposed the sensitive personal data of 2,50,000 Indian citizens

In January 2022, we informed CERT-In about a vulnerability in S3WaaS, a platform developed for hosting government websites, which could expose sensitive personal data of 2,50,000 Indians. The security researcher who identified the vulnerability confirmed its resolution in March 2024.
06 April, 2024
5 min read

Instagram Wants to Throttle Politics

Meta rolls out a feature limiting recommendation of political content on Instagram and Threads before an important election cycle but with little to no transparency or informed consent.
04 April, 2024
7 min read

A DM from the PM (and the storm it stirred)

Last week, millions of WhatsApp users received a message from the Ministry of Electronics & IT, undersigned by the Prime Minister, asking for feedback on schemes introduced by the incumbent government. We unravel what this means for your privacy and the electoral process.
22 March, 2024
7 min read

Correspondence over comments & consent: MIB’s pursuit of permission for releasing comments on the Broadcasting Bill

We wrote to the MIB asking them to proactively make the responses received on the Broadcasting Bill public. MIB also wrote to us and other participants of the consultation process seeking permission to share their comments with RTI applicants requesting it.
06 March, 2024
2 min read

In today’s series of Privacy Losses: TRAI recommends a service that will display the names of callers to recipients

TRAI has recommended the introduction of a service that will allow the name of the caller to be displayed to the recipient. In the consultation process held in 2022 by TRAI, we opposed its introduction citing a lack of autonomy and control over the subscriber’s informational privacy.
01 March, 2024
9 min read

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
3 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

[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

"Digital Nagriks" for a Free, Equal, and Inclusive Internet: Our demands from the incoming Union Government

We present a seven-point agenda for political parties running in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, demanding the incoming government to make the protection, preservation, and advancement of digital rights a top governance priority.
24 January, 2024
7 min read

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