Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for August, 2021

In the month of August, IFF has filed 64 RTI requests, 5 First Appeals and 1 Second Appeal. In this report, we give you an overview of the requests filed and an analysis of the responses we have received from the different public authorities.

Is the DoT doing a rethink on net neutrality? We press for transparency and enforcement #SaveTheInternet

We were alarmed by a recent report that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is citing fiscal constraints in establishing a Multi Stakeholder Body (MSB). We wrote to the DoT, pressing for transparency and enforcement of net neutrality.

Internet shutdown in Meghalaya without suspension order!

Since August 15, 2021, internet services have been suspended in four districts of Meghalaya due to ongoing civil unrest. We wrote to the Meghalaya government to publish all orders related to the current internet shutdowns as well as proactively publish any subsequent internet shutdown orders.

"Information sought is not available”: MHA claims to have destroyed all records when asked total number of Surveillance orders

In response to IFF's RTI applications seeking data on the electronic surveillance authorised by the government, the MHA initially refused the information on the grounds of national security and now claims that it cannot provide the information because it simply does not have it.

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for July, 2021

Since our last report for the month of June, IFF has filed 29 RTI requests, 3 First Appeals and 3 Second Appeals. Here, we give you an overview of the requests filed and why demanding transparency and accountability from Government authorities is important.

What to do if your social media account is blocked?

Refer to this explainer to understand what to do if your account is blocked on social media channels like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

DMCA Infringements: Much Ado About Copying?

In this explainer, we provide an insight into how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act came to be, how it affects us as Indian users of the internet and what we can do to peacefully coexist with DMCA.

IFF Releases Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for the Monsoon Session of the Parliament

As the Monsoon Session of the Parliament commences, we have prepared our first legislative brief on digital rights to highlight some of the focus areas within the larger issues of data protection and digital rights that call for the extensive deliberation in the houses of the Parliament.

E-commerce Rules amendments: Protects consumers but lacks clarity

The recently proposed changes to the e-commerce rules, seek to ensure consumer protection against unfair trade practices However, in a bid to create a more robust compliance mechanism, the rules run the risk of creating greater fault lines in India’s e-commerce industry.

Women’s safety on the internet has to account for intersectionality

In light of recent incident wherein women belonging to the Muslim community were targeted, we have written to the NCW & DCW with our recommendations as well as to GoDaddy.com asking them to remove the domain registered with them.