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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.

MeitY defends blocking of satirical Dowry Calculator website #FreeToMeme

MeitY's response to Tanul Thakur's petition against the blocking of his Dowry Calculator website demonstrates lack of understanding of satire and non compliance with principles of natural justice.

Foundation for Media Professionals approaches J&K Govt seeking compliance with SC judgement

FMP writes to Govt of Jammu & Kashmir demanding compliance with the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court and highlighting unconstitutionality and technical infeasibility of a whitelisting regime of internet censorship.