Cyber attacks and Cyber Security in India – Explained Pointwise

Introduction Recently there were many instances of Chinese led cyber-attacks on Indians and India based companies. A US-based cyber group has informed about Chinese hackers targeting Indian companies that developed Covid-19 vaccines (Covaxin and Covishield). Similarly, another US report informed about a Chinese firm (Red Echo) that was using malware called ShadowPad to target India’s… Continue reading Cyber attacks and Cyber Security in India – Explained Pointwise

New IT Rules for Social Media and OTT platforms – Explained Pointwise

Introduction 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. The rules were jointly announced by the Minister for Information Technology and the Minister for Information and Broadcasting. Despite being praised… Continue reading New IT Rules for Social Media and OTT platforms – Explained Pointwise

Use of Criminal conspiracy Law in India – Explained, Pointwise

Recently the Delhi High Court granted bail to a climate activist in the Greta Thunberg toolkit case. The court dismissed the criminal conspiracy charges filed by Delhi police due to a lack of evidence. The law on criminal conspiracy was enacted to control the nationalist movement in India before independence. However, even after more than… Continue reading Use of Criminal conspiracy Law in India – Explained, Pointwise

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

Regulating tech giants in India- Explained

Recently Indian government issued a notice to Twitter after it restored more than 250 suspended accounts. On January 31st Twitter suspended these accounts as per the government’s order. These accounts were allegedly promoting misinformation about the farmer’s protests. The tech giants with their power to influence the market, society, and governments are involved in unethical… Continue reading Regulating tech giants in India- Explained

Indigenisation of defence -Explained

Indigenization of the defence sector is one of the foremost targets for Indian government since Independence. Recently, Asia’s biggest Aero Show AeroIndia 2021 was conducted in Bengaluru. During the show, Defence Minister highlighted India’s growing presence in designing and developing indigenous weapon systems. Let’s see, how India is performing in indigenisation of defence despite the… Continue reading Indigenisation of defence -Explained

Criminalisation of government criticisms: Laws and issues

Recently Bihar government decided to categorize defamatory and offensive social media posts against government officials as cybercrime. Bihar Police has issued a circular to implement this order. This is not the first instance when Sedition laws and criminal defamation have been used to silence the critics of the government. Examples of Government silencing critics: First,… Continue reading Criminalisation of government criticisms: Laws and issues

WhatsApp Privacy policy Issue and Data protection in India

Context: The recent WhatsApp privacy policy attracted widespread criticism among various sections of society for its latest privacy policy. Due to severe protests, WhatsApp has issued clarification related to its policy. But there is a wider concern about data protection in India. Click here to read about the new Whatsapp privacy policy What is the… Continue reading WhatsApp Privacy policy Issue and Data protection in India

Decriminalising Marijuana in India

This article is based on the two Indian Express articles (links Indian Express, Indian Express) published today and in October, 2020 respectively. Why in News US President Biden promises decriminalising the use of marijuana and also gave assurance to clearing out the past convictions related to it during his election campaign. In India also Recent… Continue reading Decriminalising Marijuana in India

ISSUE OF INTERFAITH MARRIAGES AND LAWS IN INDIA

The article is based on The Big Picture: Special Marriage Act and Indian Express Explained, Roll it back appeared in the month of November.  Context: The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared an ordinance that enables the state to police and punish inter-faith marriages with “the sole intention of changing a girl’s religion”. Important provisions of… Continue reading ISSUE OF INTERFAITH MARRIAGES AND LAWS IN INDIA