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 »