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India @ 75 | Digital Rights Ka Amrit Mahotsav?

Where do the rights of Indian internet users stand as the country celebrates 75 years of independence? Read our short analysis and statement on status of digital rights in India.

Ups and downs in the journey towards net neutrality #SavetheInternet

Read our letter to TRAI appreciating their actions to uphold net neutrality and our letter to DoT conveying our concerns with regard to the steps that still need to be taken to protect and uphold net neutrality.

Gauhati HC allows IFF's intervention application in petition challenging the constitutionality of internet shutdown rules #KeepItOn

At a hearing dated January 31, 2022, IFF's intervention application challenging the Telecom Suspension Rules, 2017 has been allowed by the Gauhati High Court, and IFF has been impleaded in the case. IFF is now allowed to assist the Court with oral and written submissions in the proceedings.

Whither net neutrality? On the urgent need to implement the TRAI’s recommendations on net neutrality

We wrote to the Minister for Telecommunications, Ashwini Vaishnaw to highlight the lack of implementation of TRAI’s recommendations regarding the enforcement of net neutrality principles by ISPs, which included establishing an independent Multi Stakeholder Body by the DoT.

As the farmers’ protests saw widespread internet shutdowns, IFF wrote to the Haryana Home Ministry urging restraint

Between September 7 and 9, 2021, internet services were suspended in four districts of Haryana due to ongoing farmers’ protests. The order is not available on the Government websites and does not lay out a factual justification. We wrote to the Haryana government to officially publish all orders.

Hands off our VPNs! #SaveTheInternet

The Standing Committee on Home Affairs recently reiterated its stance that VPNs be permanently blocked. We wrote to the MHA, highlighting why VPNs are important and asking for the committee’s proposal to be put through a public consultation.

Telegraph Act amendments must protect net neutrality #Savetheinternet

Recent news report have said that the Telegraph Act, 1885 will be updated to include net enutrality considerations. In light of this, we have written to the DoT highlighting key issues that still persist and providing our recommendations for addressing these issues.

Improving Internet Access: An Explainer

In this explainer, we delve into the various executive and policy measures taken to expand India's digital infrastructure and improve internet access. We have focused mainly on the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018, since it is is cornerstone of India's digital infrastructure framework.

Thank you TRAI for recommending against internet licensing! #SaveTheInternet

In a victory for internet users the telecom regulator pushed back against some awful proposals by telecom companies to force online service providers for licensing, revenue sharing or breaking their encryption. We have written to the DOT to accept them.

IFF Writes To TRAI Reminding Them That Users Must Be At The Centre of Net Neutrality #SaveTheInternet

On June 29, 2020 IFF has shared a supplementary submission with TRAI on net neutrality monitoring and enforcement. The purpose behind this is to emphasise the importance of focusing on strong implementation and enforcement; and the centrality of public/user participation.