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Tejasi Panjiar

Tejasi Panjiar

Shooting down (telcos’) bad ideas: We sent our counter comments to TRAI

We sent our counter comments to TRAI on its consultation paper which dealt with the idea of regulating, licensing, and selectively banning online communication services. We re-iterated our opposition to this idea and countered the arguments raised by telcos.
28 September, 2023
5 min read

Shooting down bad ideas: Our response to TRAI’s consultation paper on OTT Regulation and Selective Banning

TRAI released a consultation paper on OTT regulation and selective banning. In our response, we expressed our view against the licensing and registration as well as selective banning of OTT communication services. See the post to read our detailed comments.
30 August, 2023
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Fact-Checking or Fact-Hiding? Our RTI inquiring about the Karnataka Fact Checking Unit rejected!

Our RTI request with the Bengaluru Police inquiring about the constitution of a fact check unit (FCU) was rejected stating it as ‘completely vague, speculative and questionable’. However, since then the Chief Minister of Karnataka has reportedly approved the setting up of a state-level FCU.
29 August, 2023
7 min read

Monsoon Session 2023: A Digital Rights Review

The Monsoon Session concluded on August 11, 2023 when both Houses adjourned sine die. 25 bills were introduced and several key legislations (Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023) were passed by both Houses. We assess how our Parliament performed from a digital rights perspective.
21 August, 2023
9 min read

DPDPB, 2023 in the Parliament: Dialogue, Drama, and Discord

The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023 (DPDPB, 2023) was passed in both Houses of the Parliament on August 09, after only approximately 2 hours of combined discussion. This post summarises the discussions (or the lack thereof) on the bill in both Houses of the Parliament.
10 August, 2023
13 min read

Digital India Bill: Questions unanswered…

This post is meant for dissecting the meetings held by the MeitY on and the official discourse around the upcoming Digital India Bill. In addition to the statements made by the Minister of State, we are also going to be relying on the presentation shared in both meetings to conduct our analysis.
28 July, 2023
12 min read

Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Monsoon Session 2023

In our legislative brief on digital rights for the Monsoon Session 2023, we highlight some of the focus areas with the larger issues of digital rights, data privacy, data protection, censorship and other concerns that call for extensive deliberation in the Houses of Parliament.
18 July, 2023
5 min read

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