Representatives from civil society, academia, the legal community, ICT companies, and policymakers in India joined a roundtable discussion to examine the Draft Intermediaries Guidelines through the lens of international human rights law, framed by a forthcoming GNI policy brief on content regulation and human rights.
GNI is deeply concerned about reports of network disruptions across India, including in New Delhi, amid mass protests. GNI urges the government to consider its international commitments to freedom of expression and the risks disruptions pose for public safety, health and emergency services, the economy, and the news media.
GNI is concerned the amendments, as drafted, would place significant pressure on a wide range of ICT companies to monitor Indian users’ activities, remove content, and hand over data in ways that could unnecessarily and inappropriately impact users’ freedom of expression and privacy.
Authored by former policy fellow Jan Rydzak, the report presents a wealth of data relevant to both researchers and activists, including identifying over 100 instances of deliberate network disruption worldwide in 2017, and provides recommendations for all stakeholders to respond.
In 2014, GNI undertook a strategic review of the initiative’s progress toward creating a standard to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy across the ICT sector.
At RightsCon Southeast Asia, GNI participants showcased the initiative’s approach to free expression and privacy.
The Global Network Initiative applauds today's landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of India in support of freedom of expression.
The Global Network Initiative and the Internet and Mobile Association of India are working together to explain how India’s Internet and technology laws holding back economic innovation and freedom of expression.
The Global Network Initiative today released a report prepared by Copenhagen Economics, which found that online platforms that support user-generated content can become an important part of India’s Internet economy.
This op-ed was distributed by Global India Newswire and originally appeared on the International Business Times:
Responding to India’s Internet Clampdown
By Susan Morgan and David Sullivan
WASHINGTON: Last week, the Indian government missed an opportunity to show the world the right way to handle social media in a time of […]