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Was your handle blocked without warning? Here’s what you can do.

Incidents of arbitrary censorship of online speech have significantly risen in the recent past. We are frequently asked what can be done if one’s account is blocked. We have prepared a step by step explainer to navigate situations of arbitrary account blockings.

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.

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for April, 2021

Since our last report in the month of March, IFF has filed 7 RTI requests. Here, we give you an overview of the requests filed and why demanding transparency from government authorities is one of the key elements in our fight to protect digital rights which has taken a hit in the lockdown.

Without prejudice: The least the government can do is proactively publish judicial orders for website blocking #WhatTheBlock

We wrote to Ministry of Electronics & IT asking them to, at the least, consider proactive publication of judicial orders and maintaining a public list of websites/URLs blocked under it.

Avoiding app bans with a nuanced policy approach #WhatTheBlock

The Government is looking to strengthen its stance on banning mobile apps. It is planning to come out with guidelines, flouting which any app can be banned. We feel that such wide scale banning operations undermine your digital rights. So, we wrote to them urging them to rethink the move.

Fridays For Future India resists illegal website blocking #WhatTheBlock

Fridays for Future has written to the Delhi Police objecting to the blocking of its website for encouraging public participation in the consultation process for Draft EIA Notification 2020.

We offer our support to environmental activists against web censorship. #WhatTheBlock

The websites of environmental collectives have came under web censorship over the past week. Among them, IFF is offering advice and support to LetIndiaBreathe.in (LIB) and FridaysForFuture (FFF).

Reverse the block on DuckDuckGo. We wrote to the Government. #WhatTheDuck

DuckDuckGo is a privacy respecting search engine that has a wide user base in India. Yesterday it was blocked in India due to which we wrote to the DOT and MEITY.

Whistleblower provides blocking orders for over 4000 websites #WhatTheBlock

A whistleblower provided us with blocking orders for more than 4000 websites in India. A majority of them are due to copyright claims and court orders.

We urge the DOT to unblock WeTransfer. Open up our RTI resources to the public. #WhatTheBlock

Popular file-sharing service service, "WeTransfer'' has been blocked by a direction issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT). We have approached it to recall it's order.