Updates

CIC directs MIB to provide the list of news publishers who have submitted their details under the IT Rules, 2021.

tl;dr IFF filed an RTI application with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) to obtain information on notices sent to publishers of news media under Rule 18 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021). While the MIB stated that 2100 publishers have provided their details under the IT Rules, it refused to provide any other information under the RTI application, such as the number of notices sent,
16 March, 2023
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Our comments on Draft 2.0 of the UNESCO Guidelines on Regulating Digital Platforms

We submitted our comments on draft 2.0 of the UNESCO Guidelines on Regulating Digital Platforms (“Guidelines”) on March 08, 2023. Having participated in the consultation for draft 1.1 of the Guidelines, we built upon our existing comments and inserted additional analysis.
13 March, 2023
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Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC): An Explainer

‘Open Network for Digital Commerce’ (ONDC) is a government backed, network-centric, technology infrastructure. In this explainer we expand on what ONDC is, how it works, what the stated promises and potential challenges are, especially regarding ONDC's capability to address market issues.
10 March, 2023
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#PrivacyofthePeople: The harms of biometric attendance apps

Read our analysis of the harms of biometric attendance apps and whether the draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 will resolves these issues.
07 March, 2023
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Censorship, Surveys, and Seizures: Developments around the BBC Documentary

The MIB banned re-sharing & uploading of links of the BBC Documentary using emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021. The Income Tax Department carried out 3 day long survey operations at the BBC India offices in Delhi & Mumbai. We elaborate on our concerns with these actions in this post.
03 March, 2023
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#5 questions to ask the Grievance Appellate Committee

The three Grievance Appellate Committee(s) (GAC), constituted under the notified IT Amendment Rules, 2022, become functional today, i.e. March 01, 2023. As part of our series #5Questions, this post covers 5 questions that are worth raising with the GAC.
01 March, 2023
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Standing Committee on IT highlights lack of action taken by the Government and reiterates it recommendations on internet shutdowns

In our letter to the Standing Committee on IT, we note with appreciation the recommendations, made in its 37th Action Taken report, of bringing the issue of internet shutdowns to the forefront and recommending concrete steps to address it.
28 February, 2023
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IFF puts 5 questions to the Chief Secretary of Haryana about the ongoing internet shutdown

On February 26, 2023, the Home Department of the Haryana Government ordered an internet suspension for three days in Nuh. We have written to the Chief Secretary asking five questions that must be put to the legality of the Suspension Order.
28 February, 2023
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Statement on IFF's Panoptic Bengaluru report

IFF's Panoptic Bengaluru maps the growing surveillance in the city of Bengaluru
20 February, 2023
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Many mysteries of 'Digital India Bill'

This post is dedicated towards throwing some light on the much talked, heard, and discussed about ‘Digital India Bill’ (DIB), which strangely hasn’t even seen the light of the day yet.
20 February, 2023
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