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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 as winners of the SM4E Awards 2018. A complete list of winners is available here, while photog...

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 in the regulation of hate speech in India. It discusses the spectrum of laws, including the specific...

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...

Drawing a line between 'vulgarity' and lack of consent: Interview with Point of View
Drawing a line between 'vulgarity' and lack of consent: Interview with Point of View 16 December 2017 Nadika

Obscenity, vulgarity, modesty, culture and tradition: these are the biggest topics of discussion in India. And has been for much of its post-colonial existence. Even as women every day fight to get their rapists brought to justice, and a list of sexual predators in academic circles in the country has split the women’s movement into two (or more), with one older, established group blaming the ...

Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017: Civil society messages
Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017: Civil society messages 24 November 2017 Civil society organisations and individuals

To the hosts and delegates of the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2017, A free, open and secure cyberspace underpinned by human rights and democratic values is a prerequisite to socio-economic development. To this end, we must recognise that people are at the center of all technological advancements and therefore policies that seek to regulate technologies should be people-centric and ul...

Privacy in India in the age of big data
Privacy in India in the age of big data 16 November 2017 Buddhadeb Halder

The objectives of this paper are to define big data in the Indian context, to further improve the understanding of big data, and help initiate public discourse around issues of privacy in the big data age. Expectations remain that this public discourse would potentially pave the way for developing the law in India to enable citizens to gain from big data, while limiting the potential violations...

State of the Internet in Asia: The case of India, Malaysia and Pakistan
State of the Internet in Asia: The case of India, Malaysia and Pakistan 03 October 2017 APC

This report looks at current trends and challenges with regard to internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan, with a particular emphasis on online freedom of expression, association and assembly. It was produced in the framework of the Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan (APC-IMPACT) project, a joint initiative between Digital Empowerment Foundation (Indi...

Trends in religion-based hate speech
Trends in religion-based hate speech 26 September 2017 Bijo P. Abraham

India is the land of many religions. However, by any measure, religious freedom has been under grave and constant attack in the country. Minority communities, especially Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, have experienced numerous incidents of intimidation, harassment and violence, largely by Hindu nationalist groups. Numerous bloggers, writers, filmmakers, artists and people from the Dalit communi...

Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs. national security
Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs. national security 09 March 2017 Ritu Srivastava and Bijo P. Abraham

The balance between state powers and rights of citizens is a symbol of democracy. With the advent of the internet, exercising free speech, expression, association and assembly have become much easier. It has not only made communication technology affordable but has also given a platform for self-expression, which was otherwise not available through traditional media. However, most countries bui...

Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan
Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan 11 January 2017 APC

The rights to freedom of assembly and of association (FoAA) are among the fundamental human rights, enshrined in the domestic law of Pakistan and the International Bill of Human Rights. These rights are among the fundamental requisites for a democracy and a vital means for exercising many other civil, political, cultural, economic and social rights, allowing people to express their political op...

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