New Social Media Code – A much-needed one for India

Synopsis: The new Social media code is much-needed to ensure the online platforms are subject to law of the land Introduction: Recently, the government introduced the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The rules have the potential to transform the online media platforms to fit into the Indian ecosystem.… Continue reading New Social Media Code – A much-needed one for India

New social media rules – an analysis

Synopsis: The government announced The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The experts have welcomed the step but there are some cautious provisions in the new social media rules. Background of the new social media rules: The rise of social media resulted in enormous controlling power in the hands of… Continue reading New social media rules – an analysis

Govt announces new social media rules to curb its misuse

What is the news? The Government of India has released the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. It aims to regulate social media, digital news media and over-the-top (OTT) content providers. Key Provisions of the Rules: Social media companies and redressal: The government wants social media companies to have… Continue reading Govt announces new social media rules to curb its misuse

Delhi Court’s ruling on Disha Ravi Toolkit case

Synopsis – Delhi court grants bail to Disha Ravi in its ruling in the tool kit case. It termed evidence produced by Delhi police as inappropriate. Introduction- Delhi Court granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested in the Greta Thunberg ‘toolkit’ case. Delhi Police arrested her on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy in… Continue reading Delhi Court’s ruling on Disha Ravi Toolkit case

A tussle between Australia and Facebook over News Charges

Synopsis: Recently, a clash erupted between the Australian government and Facebook. The big Techs in Australia are opposing the Fee to media companies for using their content. Background Recently, the Australian government has proposed the ‘News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code Bill 2020’. The bill aims to make Google and Facebook pay to… Continue reading A tussle between Australia and Facebook over News Charges

Need to regulate Big techs in India

Synopsis: The Indian government is planning to announce important regulations on big techs Internet-related technology companies.  Introduction  At present the world has two visions of the internet technology:  Libertarianism: Under this, liberal internet policies were followed by countries such as the USA. This model was successful in the past but now under pressure due to… Continue reading Need to regulate Big techs in India

Government’s Notice to Twitter: Why Twitter’s actions are justified?

Synopsis: Twitter has acted with reason after defying the Indian government’s legal orders. It didn’t implement the order fully and this action is desirable despite the criticism. Introduction  Twitter did not act in accordance with the Indian government’s orders under Section 69A of the IT Act. It was required to block hundreds of accounts under… Continue reading Government’s Notice to Twitter: Why Twitter’s actions are justified?

Climate activist arrested in ‘Toolkit Conspiracy’

Synopsis: A 22-year-old climate activist got arrested for misusing a toolkit. Such instances raise a question of alleged misuse of power by the government officials.    Read More – Toolkit conspiracy case and its imapct on India- Explained Pointwise – ForumIAS Blog  Background:  The Delhi Police has already registered multiple First Information Reports (FIRs) post the 26th January farmer protest… Continue reading Climate activist arrested in ‘Toolkit Conspiracy’

Toolkit conspiracy case and its imapct on India- Explained Pointwise

Table of contents: What is Tool Kit? What is the Greta Thunberg toolkit case? Previous such example pointed out by activists What are the existing provisions for such arrest? Why government actions on activists are justified? Judicial interventions on such cases in the past Challenges faced by the government in arresting activists Suggestions Recently Climate… Continue reading Toolkit conspiracy case and its imapct on India- Explained Pointwise

Need of reforming the blocking powers of Government

Synopsis: The government’s use of is blocking powers under Section 69A of Information and Technology Act 2000 (I.T Act) attracted criticism. There is a need to reforms the blocking powers to ensure free speech in Indian democracy. Background: Twitter suspended some user accounts based on Emergency restriction orders issued by Government under Section 69A. Govt.… Continue reading Need of reforming the blocking powers of Government