Updates

Kerala HC to hear Aarogya Setu petitions in September 2020 #SaveOurPrivacy

On 24 August, the Kerala HC heard a writ petition regarding third party data sharing and mandatory imposition of the Aarogya Setu app.
26 August, 2020
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Over 240 lawyers urge Twitter to re-instate Prashant Bhushan's tweets #FreeToMeme

Today, 243 lawyers including senior advocates wrote to Twitter Inc. seeking reinstatement of Mr. Prashant Bhushan's tweets which became the subject of contempt of court proceedings before the Supreme Court of India.
22 August, 2020
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Four months on, Aarogya Setu is still not open-source. WHY and WHEN is what the nation really wants to know! #SaveOurPrivacy

Four months, after its initial release, the Aarogya Setu app is not open-source in the true sense of the term. Source code releases have been slow and incomplete. This is preventing the Indian tech community from collaborating and contributing.
19 August, 2020
6 min read

Don't swipe next! We write to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for sustained hearings and an international human rights audit of Facebook India

There has been an alarming press report published in the Wall Street Journal on August 14, 2020 titled, “Facebook’s Hate-Speech Rules Collide with Indian Politics”. It merits urgent intervention and investigation into human rights breaches by Facebook India.
17 August, 2020
4 min read

NIFT's Social Media Policy, 2020 violates the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

We wrote to the Director General of NIFT as well as the Ministry of Textiles asking them to recall the policy which hampers the right to freedom of speech and expression of the students.
14 August, 2020
2 min read

The pandemic session of parliament is vital for our digital rights. A call to our lawmakers!

As the much awaited Monsoon Session of the Parliament draws near, we put out a list of urgent issues in the digital, and privacy rights domain that need foolproof, and swift redressal.
13 August, 2020
6 min read

Govt agrees to staggered restoration of 4G mobile internet in J&K before the Supreme Court #KeepUsOnline

During today's hearing in Foundation for Media Professionals' contempt petition relating to the internet restrictions in Jammu & Kashmir, the government agreed to restore 4G mobile internet in one district of Jammu and Kashmir each on a trial basis after 15 August i.e. Independence Day.
11 August, 2020
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Thank you for A&N Islands.... Next #4GforAll

We sent a letter of appreciation to our Prime Minister for inaugurating the CANI Project in A&N Islands which will solve their connectivity issues and urged him to prioritise the goal of #4GforAll
11 August, 2020
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Major changes to Indian criminal law are underway! How can we use this process to defend and advance digital rights? #RightToMeme

The Ministry of Home Affairs has established a Committee to recommend changes to Indian criminal law within six months. We must ensure the Committee's recommendations do not lead to arbitrary prosecution of internet users or have a chilling effect on online speech.
07 August, 2020
7 min read

We urge the Maharashtra Government to formulate objective standards to protect social media users from bullying! #RighttoMeme

We wrote to the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Home Minister of the Government of Maharashtra worried by a series of criminal prosecutions against social media users which created a chilling effect on their right to freedom of speech and expression.
06 August, 2020
4 min read

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