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Tejasi Panjiar

Tejasi Panjiar

"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

Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Budget Session 2024

In our legislative brief on digital rights for the Budget Session 2024, we highlight key areas of concern on digital rights and freedoms, data privacy, data protection, censorship and other concerns that require extensive deliberation in the Houses of Parliament.
24 January, 2024
6 min read

Dealing with deepfakes (MeitY’s Version)

As deepfakes took centre stage in 2023, MeitY decided to tackle the emerging issue head-on. However, what ensued was several conflicting statements from MeitY on how to tackle it. We wrote to them cautioning against surface-level, rushed interventions without deep research and consultation.
12 January, 2024
4 min read

2023 Year in Review: Policy interventions for impact

In 2023, the policy team at IFF participated in 9 consultations, sent 61 letters, authored 16 statements and public briefs, organised several briefing calls and events, launched new projects and expanded existing ones, and continued tracking digital rights developments in the Parliament.
27 December, 2023
18 min read

Winter Session 2023: A Digital Rights Review

The Winter Session concluded on December 21, 2023. 19 bills were passed by both Houses, including several key legislations, namely, the Telecommunications Bill, 2023 and the three criminal reform bills. We assess how our Parliament performed from a digital rights perspective.
26 December, 2023
6 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

Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Winter Session 2023

In our legislative brief on digital rights for the Winter Session 2023, we highlight key areas of concern pertaining to digital rights and freedoms, data privacy, data protection, censorship and other concerns that require extensive deliberation in the Houses of Parliament.
01 December, 2023
6 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

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