Contextualising #MakeBlog: Voice and Censorship


In his first post for Make Blog Not War, Raghavendra contextualises the event, arguing that the Internet has helped more people to find their voice, and that government censorship is a reaction against that. Read the original post on Raghavendra’s blog, Silence Before the Storm.

“Public voice in unison against the atrocities and disregard perpetrated by various factions, both in political and apolitical identities has been on the downside. While protests, the only effective means of expression of the disgruntle of the masses against the bureaucracy is being rendered less effective by the day, with the acidic use of corporate media, people’s disgruntle is now analogous to speaking in vacuum!

The Internet space presents itself as an option to express oneself and reach out to more people, in attempts to formulate and/or condition public opinion. Read the rest of this entry »


Speak Now


In this second post in our #MakeBloggers series, Anne lists out some of the actions any blogger anywhere can take to defend his or her right to free speech. You can read the original post on Anne’s blog, A Tentative Step.

“or forever hold your tongue….

That, i suppose is the gist of a lengthy debate on freedom of expression, censorship and cyber laws that i attended today. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Thoughts on Make Blog Not War


Today, we kick of our series of blogposts on Internet censorship in India from the #Makebloggers with a post by Vidyut, who reflects on the parental attitude inherent in censorship, whether exercised by the family or the government alike. Find the original post on Vidyut’s website, Aam Janata.

“Censorship is a continuous thing. It isn’t something you can (or would want to) eradicate completely. A mind that stops at nothing only rambles meaninglessly with every stray thought. At the same time, censorship becoming rampant puts people into increasingly narrow tunnels of what is allowed. Where the awareness of the world itself shrinks and our understanding, experience and tolerance with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the #MakeBloggers!

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 »

Make Blog Not War – A Freedom of Expression Training for Bloggers


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 »

Community Media and the Internet – Common Ground on Freedom of Speech?

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.

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Free Speech Online in India under Attack? A Panel Discussion

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 »