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APC calls for strong data protection safeguards following Supreme Court of India's verdict on Aadhar, India's biometric identity programme
APC calls for strong data protection safeguards following Supreme Court of India's verdict on Aadhar, India's biometric identity programme 09 October 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) calls on the government of India to adopt and implement strong data protection safeguards in view of the verdict of the Supreme Court of India on the unique identification project, Aadhar. On 26 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India, while upholding the constitutionality of Aadhar, India's unique biometric identity programme, made some significant observations which should guide the manner in which one of the largest biometric database...

Right to Know - Episode 4: Digital literacy and the perils of social activism in India
Right to Know - Episode 4: Digital literacy and the perils of social activism in India 08 October 2018 Andrew Garton

Right to Know - India’s Internet Avant-garde, is a podcast series about people coming to terms with the internet in some of India’s poorest rural and tribal districts, where many have not seen a television, or as in the ancient city of Chanderi, locals are still coming to terms with cars and scooters. This podcast series, presented and produced by Andrew Garton for the Association for Progressive Communications, is adapted from the book “Right to Know: India's Internet Avant-...

Right to Know - Episode 3: The unheard will not remain unseen
Right to Know - Episode 3: The unheard will not remain unseen 01 October 2018 Andrew Garton

  Right to Know - India’s Internet Avant-garde, is a podcast series about people coming to terms with the internet in some of India’s poorest rural and tribal districts, where many have not seen a television, or as in the ancient city of Chanderi, locals are still coming to terms with cars and scooters. This podcast series, presented and produced by Andrew Garton for the Associat...

APC members in 2017: Point of View's Skin Stories: Essays on sexuality, disability and gender
APC members in 2017: Point of View's Skin Stories: Essays on sexuality, disability and gender 29 September 2018 Point of View

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on a feminist internet. In August 2017, Point of View launched the publication Skin Stories, which is a weekly essay series of narratives on sexuality, disability and gender. The origins of the publication lie in a nameless blog on Point of View's website sexualityanddisability.org, which only had one writer for a...

Right to Know - Episode 2: Reaching the unreachable
Right to Know - Episode 2: Reaching the unreachable 24 September 2018 Andrew Garton

Right to Know - India’s Internet Avant-garde, is a podcast series about people coming to terms with the internet in some of India’s poorest rural and tribal districts, where many have not seen a television, or as in the ancient city of Chanderi, locals are still coming to terms with cars and scooters. This podcast series, presented and produced by Andrew Garton for the Association for...

Right to Know - Episode 1: Into the Media Dark
Right to Know - Episode 1: Into the Media Dark 17 September 2018 Andrew Garton

Right to Know - India’s Internet Avant-garde, is a podcast series about people coming to terms with the internet in some of India’s poorest rural and tribal districts, where many have not seen a television, or as in the ancient city of Chanderi, locals are still coming to terms with cars and scooters. This podcast series, presented and produced by Andrew Garton for the Association for...

India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights
India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights 10 September 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court of India on 6 September 2018 decriminalising consensual sex between all adults, irrespective of gender. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code – a remnant of the British colonial era and Victorian morality – has long been an issue fought against by activists. The court has finally...

Building Blocks of Social Networks
Building Blocks of Social Networks 13 June 2018 Digital Empowerment Foundation

"You are the leaders of social media. People need to know about you and the work you’re doing,” said Osama Manzar, founder-director of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), addressing the finalists and other guests at the fifth annual Social Media for Empowerment (SM4E) Awards. SM4E 2018 was held on 25 May at Eros Hotel in New Delhi. On this occasion, 23 initiatives were announced...

Hate speech laws in India
Hate speech laws in India 14 May 2018 Centre for Communication Governance

The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University (Delhi) has launched a report on Hate Speech Laws in India. The report maps hate speech laws in India, discusses the legal standards and covers a range of cases, from book bans to internet shutdowns.  This report is an effort to map hate speech laws in India, and attempts to offer a clear overview to anyone interested ...

Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India
Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India 22 February 2018 Zothan Mawii, Ritu Srivastava, Shivani Lal and Bijo P. Abraham. Reviewed by Anja Kovacs

Internet shutdowns: A study of social impact in India is the second in the series of DEF’s efforts for advocacy against internet shutdowns. The previous research report, Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs national security, highlights the existing and emerging threats to fundamental rights and human rights on account of arbitrary, unnecessary, and disproportionate imposition of Inter...

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