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Delhi HC orders MeitY to give copy of ban order and hearing to Mr Tanul Thakur for banning his website #WhatTheBlock

Tanul Thakur's satirical website dowrycalculator.com was blocked without giving him a copy of the blocking order or an opportunity to be heard. On 11th May 2022, the Delhi High Court Court directed MeitY to provide Tanul Thakur a copy of the blocking order and give him a post-decisional hearing.

Revealed: MeitY blocked 6096 URLs and 347 applications in 2021 but held less than 40 hearings

In reply to an RTI, MeitY has accepted that it blocked 6096 URLs and 347 applications in 2021 but held less than 40 hearings. MeitY refused to disclose the number of requests it received to block content and stated that it did not maintain data on how many content creators were granted a hearing.

Delhi High Court calls for case files and asks MeitY to consider hearing creator of satirical Dowry Calculator on website blocking #WhatTheBlock

Mr Tanul Thakur is the creator of the satirical website dowrycalculator.com. In 2018, the Union Government blocked the website without granting him a hearing or providing a copy of the order. Mr Thakur has challenged the blocking order.

The Change Game: MeitY Resorts To Quick Fixes To Silence Experts

IFF writes to MeitY on the multiple changes made to the Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022 without any public acknowledgement. IFF calls for a fresh start to the consultation process.

The Government Wants To Sell Your Data | #SaveOurPrivacy

We respond to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology's Draft Data Access Policy. The policy raises serious privacy concerns due to its perverse economic incentives on data sharing.

Oxford Pro Bono Publico releases its report on the Regulation of Digital Media and Intermediaries

To assist challenges to IT Rules, w​e reached out to Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) - a research centre at the Oxford University, requesting research on laws in other countries on social media platforms, digital news media and OTT platforms. OPBP has published their research report in December 2021.

A flawed idea of InDEA!

IFF submitted comments in the ongoing consultation for India Digital Ecosystem Architecture (InDEA) 2.0 released by the MeitY in January 2022. Our core approach is towards ensuring that the rollout of the architecture happens in a manner that safeguards the rights of the user.

Summary of India Digital Ecosystem Architecture (InDEA) 2.0

In this post, we have presented a non-opinionated summary of MeitY's InDEA 2.0 paper, focussing on the data-rights-centric parts of the document. Through this summary, we hope to better inform public awareness and increase public participation on the issue.

Over to you MeitY: IFF's representation on CERT-In's Responsible Vulnerability Disclosure and Coordination Policy

CERT-In responded to our representation on the Responsible Vulnerability Disclosure and Coordination Policy and clarified that the Policy is following the existing provisions of the law. Therefore, now we ask MeitY to amend the law to provide a safe harbour for security researchers.

Factcheck! The IT Rules 2021 FAQ

MEITY has published Frequently Asked Questions to ‘bring clarity’ to IT Rules, 21. We separate the Facts from the Claims made in the FAQ document.