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Censorship

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
2 min read

Why is porn being blocked in India? #WhatTheBlock

RTI response from MeitY reveals that blocking of porn in India is a result of three court orders and ISPs have not been directed to pro-actively block porn websites.
25 July, 2019
4 min read

Vanakkam! Updates on the Aadhaar-social media linkage and encryption PIL before the Madras HC

At today's hearing, IFF placed on record its written submissions highlighting how proposed changes to the product design of social media platforms would harm user privacy and lead to over-broad automated censorship.
24 July, 2019
2 min read

A Tale of Rogue Pirates, Ashok Kumars and ISPs caught in the middle: RTI data on court ordered website blocking reveals worrying trends #WhatTheBlock

RTI data reveals that 31 court orders in IP infringement cases have led to blocking of thousands of websites. Most of these orders have been passed ex parte and permit blocking of the whole website rather than specific URLs.
11 July, 2019
6 min read

Bringing out the big guns. Justice for Rights appeals.

A Special Leave Petition was filed by the Justice for Rights foundation in the Supreme Court of India against the decision of the Delhi High Court on regulation of content on online viewing platforms.
13 May, 2019
2 min read

One down, three to go!

The Hon'ble High Court of Delhi applies the well-reasoned judgement of the Justice for Rights case in dismissing Nikhil Bhalla's plea for guidelines to regulate online streaming content.
24 April, 2019
2 min read

An alternative to bans. A Letter to MEITY.

In a letter written to MEITY, IFF reasons the need for alternative measures to addressing the safety of minors instead of resorting to disproportionate bans.
17 April, 2019
3 min read

Statement on the TikTok Ban

We are in the process of conferring with legal counsel and will be taking steps to ensure that the fundamental rights of internet users are considered by the Hon’ble Court. As with all of IFF’s work, subsequent steps and updates will be informed regularly and transparently.
04 April, 2019
2 min read

Section 66A returns to its grave after accidental resurrection.

The Delhi High Court today promptly agreed to remove an inadvertent reference to the unconstitutional Section 66A in its judgement rejecting censorship of online platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
19 March, 2019
1 min read

An Appeal: Please, do not jail PUBG users.

As per media reports which surfaced yesterday the Rajkot Police Department has arrested 7 youths for playing the PUBG online video game. Clearly things have spiralled out of control.
14 March, 2019
3 min read

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