Updates

First Read: Draft amendments proposed to the IT Rules, 2021 in relation to online gaming

On January 2, 2023, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology [“MeitY”] proposed further amendments to the IT Rules, 2021 in relation to online gaming [“draft amendments, 2023”]. Read our first read and analysis of the draft amendments here.
03 January, 2023
11 min read

Winter Session 2022: Parliament in Review

The Winter session of Parliament was held from December 07, 2022 to December 23, 2022. Parliament adjourned sine die four working days ahead of schedule, having sat for 13 working days. Read more about our review of the Winter session.
24 December, 2022
6 min read

Wrapped 2022, Unwrapped 2023

As the year comes to a close, we here at IFF wanted to take a moment to thank you for your amazing support. Thanks to you, in 2022 we were able to accomplish some impressive feats, including: * PolicyGPT for drafting public consultation responses (Every sentence starts with, “We appreciate the chance to submit our views, but…”) * A crypto exchange called "Doglapan" for funding digital rights (It's still in stealth and we are trying to secure IPL advertising rights) * A social media network f
24 December, 2022
3 min read

2022 Year In Review: Digital transparency provides tangible victories

IFF's transparency vertical filed 218 RTI applications, 47 first appeals, and 3 second appeals this year in order to bring vital information into the public forum.
23 December, 2022
7 min read

2022 Year in Review: Sustaining Community and Building Diversity

One of IFF’s core areas of work is civic literacy and public advocacy—in what seems like a constant barrage of content, how do we engage with and educate our community? We do so through a combination of events, memes, infographics, and explainers.
23 December, 2022
8 min read

2022 Year in Review: Policy advocacy is the long game

The policy team at IFF participated in 13 consultations with Union and State governmental bodies as well as non-governmental bodies, sent 103 letters and tracked 126 Facial Recognition Technology (“FRT”) systems.
21 December, 2022
11 min read

2022 Year In Review: Sustained legal efforts advanced digital rights

The legal team at IFF has been working hard to address important digital rights issues, such as internet shutdowns, mandatory imposition of Aarogya Setu, illegal website blocking, unlawful spying and use of facial recognition technology.
20 December, 2022
10 min read

IFF releases the third edition of the Connectivity Tracker #MapTheDigitalDivide

IFF releases its 3rd edition of the Connectivity Tracker. We analyse data on telecom and broadband connectivity, the digital divide in the context of the Mobile Gender Gap Report, 2022, and the progress of government schemes aimed at improving internet access.
19 December, 2022
5 min read

IFF's consultation response on the draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022

Read our consultation response for the draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022. Our main recommendation is that the bill should be recalled.
16 December, 2022
8 min read

The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 does not satisfy the Supreme Court’s Puttaswamy principles

In this post, we break down how the DPDPB, 2022 fails to meet the standards of privacy that have been laid down by the Supreme Court.
16 December, 2022
10 min read

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