Updates

There’s Been Ups, Downs, and A Lot of Internet Shutdowns— A Quarterly Update April-June 2023

A breakdown of everything we’ve been up to over the past 3 months, sorted into the 4 core themes of internet shutdowns, data protection & privacy, surveillance, & censorship
08 July, 2023
14 min read

Karnataka High Court Finds MeitY’s Blocking Orders Compatible with IT Act, Exemplary Costs for Non-Compliance Imposed on Twitter

On June 30, 2023, the Karnataka High Court in X Corp. v. Union of India, while dismissing Twitter Inc.’s challenge to the Blocking Orders issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s (“MeitY”) under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”),
01 July, 2023
7 min read

Manipur Internet Shutdown: Developments before the Manipur High Court

Note: This post will be updated as and when new developments occur in the petitions before the Manipur HC
30 June, 2023
5 min read

IFF wrote to Manipur State Authorities on the ongoing digital rights violations

June 22 marked 50 days of Manipur's ongoing state-wide internet shutdown. In wake of this shutdown, we have written to the Chief Secretary of Manipur, the Director General of Police, Manipur and other local authorities highlighting our concerns.
24 June, 2023
5 min read

50 Days of Internet Shutdown: Internet Freedom Foundation’s statement on the ongoing digital rights violations amidst Manipur's indefinite internet shutdown

On June 22, 2023 , which marks the 50th day of Manipur's ongoing state-wide internet shutdown, IFF releases its statement on the ongoing digital rights violations amidst Manipur's indefinite internet shutdown.
22 June, 2023
2 min read

Our report with HRW on internet shutdowns demonstrates a disproportionate impact on communities dependent on welfare.

IFF and HRW published a Report “No Internet Means No Work, No Pay, No Food - Internet Shutdowns Deny Access to Basic Rights in “Digital India”.
21 June, 2023
4 min read

An Unfair Argument i.e. “Fair Share”: Decoding Telcos' Demand for OTT Regulation, and Unravelling Implications on Net Neutrality, User Costs, and Fairness.

We analyse the increasing demands for regulation of OTT services by TSPs and also break down the TSP's rationale for demanding their "fair share" of the stolen profits from OTT services. Lastly, we explore policy implications of such paternalistic regulation of OTT services.
12 June, 2023
6 min read

In a petition filed by the Association of Indian Magazines’ challenging the fact check amendments to IT Rules, 2021, the Bombay High Court directs the Government to file its Reply

The Association of Indian Magazines (AIM) has filed a writ petition before the Bombay HC challenging the constitutional validity of this provision of the IT Rules Amendment, 2023 for being ultra vires the IT Act, 2000, and violating the right to freedom of speech and expression.
07 June, 2023
4 min read

Meta - 1, Human Rights & platform accountability - 0.

Meta shareholders voted on Proposal 7 at the Meta Annual General Meeting on May 31. As per the preliminary voting results, Proposal 7 did not garner enough support from the shareholders and thus, the outcome was not in its favour.
06 June, 2023
5 min read

Donate to IFF

Help IFF scale up by making a donation for digital rights. Really, when it comes to free speech online, digital privacy, net neutrality and innovation — we got your back!