On 25 February 2012, the Internet Democracy Project organised Make Blog Not War – A Freedom of Expression Training for Bloggers. If you would like to get a glance of what we did that day, have a look at the agenda. More importantly, however, you can meet all the #Makebloggers below! Read the rest of this entry »
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Are you a blogger and interested in deepening your understanding of Internet censorship and freedom of expression as they play out in India? Would you like to know more about the ways in which such issues may affect you directly? As a blogger, do you see yourself has having an important stake in the freedom of expression debate?
Then this is your chance. The Internet Democracy Project is organising a training on freedom of expression and censorship for bloggers on 25 February 2012. In the course of this day-long program, a mix of short lectures and more interactive sessions will take you through:
– the history of censorship in India and its current status;
– the legal framework regarding online censorship and the ways in which it may affect you;
– debates on difficult questions such as where and how to draw the line where hate speech is concerned; Read the rest of this entry »
On 3 February 2012, the Internet Democracy Project an Maraa, with the support of the Community Radio Forum, are organising a meeting on ‘Freedom of Expression in Community Media and on the Internet – Understanding Connections, Finding Common Ground’.
Access to FM radio and broadband Internet access have proliferated since the 90s. Since 2006, community radio has been licensed to community and educational initiatives. Today there are more than 150 community radio stations which are operational, reaching some of the most underserved communities in India. Further, Internet penetration is about 8-10%, reaching about 100 million people. Both these media are on the verge of a paradigm shift.
On 21 December, at 5.30 pm, the Internet Democracy Project and the Centre for Internet and Society are jointly organising a panel discussion on the topic “Is free speech online in India under attack”, at the Centre for Internet and Society’s offices.
When Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal suggested pre-censorship for a range of popular online platforms and social networking sites, this suggestion was soon met by a barrage of criticism, which soon forced him to back down. Yet Sibal’s suggestion is not the only threat to free speech on the Internet in India today: legislation such as the Intermediary Due Diligence Rules and Cyber Café Rules (also jointly known as the IT Rules) issued in April 2011 is equally dangerous for free speech online.
In this event, Achal Prabhala, Anja Kovacs and Lawrence Liang will join moderator Sunil Abraham to discuss in more detail Read the rest of this entry »
From 2 to 4 November 2011, the Internet Democracy Project, in collaboration with Point of View (India), the Centre for Policy Alternatives (Sri Lanka) and Global Partners and Associates (UK) will be organising a South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression in Kathmandu, Nepal.
In June 2011, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr. Frank La Rue, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council his report on the Internet and Freedom of Expression. This meeting seeks to promote Read the rest of this entry »