Updates

Foundation for Media Professionals approaches Supreme Court to support journalistic freedom in Kashmir

In today's hearing, the SC wondered if the 40 day long suspension of telecom and internet services in Kashmir was a shutdown or breakdown. It finally directed the Govt. to file its response to the writ petition and intervention applications and urged selective restoration of communication channels.
16 September, 2019
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BSNL's CODE of Misconduct. We write to the DOT on the need for immediate action.

We write to the DOT with the help of reports by our communitry members on the need for investigative action on persisting practice of code injections by BSNL.
11 September, 2019
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No more Section 66A Cases? We are building a "Zombie Tracker" with Civic Data Labs! #AgamiChallenge

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of India in March, 2015. This section was vague and lead to arbitrary arrests of young college students, a cartoonist and many other social media users. Hence, the judgement came as a huge relief. It meant that the unconstitutional Section 66A would not be able to used in future and even pending cases would be closed. But, this did not happen to our horror. The problem is the implementation I
09 September, 2019
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A 'Certifiable' Dampener: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting wants certification of online viewing content.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting brings back into the discussion certification of online viewing content. We write on the need for a transparent and public consultation and highlight concerns with certification.
06 September, 2019
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Kashmiri student based in Bangalore files petition before the Karnataka HC against communication shutdown.

The Petition argues that the communication shutdown violates Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution. The legal basis for the communication shutdown still remains unknown and the interim prayer seeks transparency.
04 September, 2019
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#PrivacySupreme: Two years of the Right to Privacy.

24 August 2019 marks the second anniversary of the Indian Supreme Court’s landmark judgement in KS Puttaswamy v. Union of India. We celebrate and critically appraise this moment as we discuss our next steps in protecting the Right to Privacy.
24 August, 2019
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IFF files independent expert's submission before Madras HC on PIL relating to encryption and traceability

IFF has filed an expert submission by Dr. Manoj Prabhakaran (Professor, IIT Bombay) which highlights the risks and long term ineffectiveness of Dr. Kamakoti's proposal to introduce traceability on encrypted platforms.
23 August, 2019
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Updates from the Supreme Court: Facebook's transfer petition of the Aadhaar-social media linking case in the Madras HC.

The Hon'ble SC issues notice to respondents, permits hearings to be continued in the Madras HC but directs that no final orders be given.
20 August, 2019
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Need silver linings? NPCI responds to our representation. It is investigating the Truecaller "Breach"

NPCI writes back indicated two specific steps to counter the Truecaller breach. First it had stopped on boarding new Truecaller users on the UPI Platform. Second the matter is under investigation and we will be informed after diligence is completed in all matters.
07 August, 2019
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We strongly condemn the communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir and urge an end to internet shutdowns across India

The developments of the past few days are of immense consequence to the future of our democracy, and the voices from Jammu and Kashmir need to be heard the loudest, not silenced en masse.
06 August, 2019
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