The Digital Empowerment Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the report “Limited Access Restricting Expression“, the India-level country report about the state of Internet Rights in India.

Using the indicators identified in the checklist created by former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Mr. Frank La-Rue, this report can be viewed as most relevant for understanding the present state of internet freedoms in India.
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Net Neutrality is a universal concept where Telecom Service Provider as an access provider has no right to select services, applications and content that consumers want to access. It is consumer/user’s right to select services, applications and content that they want to access. It functions under the basic assumption that all data is created equal and that positive or negative discrimination of data of a certain type or from a particular provider or service cannot take place. The Telecom Regulatory…
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The Feminist Principles of the Internet are a set of guiding statements to create an internet that bridges the gap between feminist movements and internet rights activists. The Internet Rights team conducted the first lecture on the Feminist Principles of the Internet in Awadh Girls Degree College, Lucknow.

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The Internet rights are human rights (IRHR) is a series of training modules concerned with the relationship between human rights, ICTs and the internet. These modules are intended to help those who work on human rights and/or ICTs, and others with an interest in the issues, to understand ways in which the internet is affecting the enjoyment and protection of rights – now and in the future – and explore how these affect their work. These modules have been commissioned…
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This pedagogical document was created to allow trainers in the Internet Rights are Human Rights Curriculum an insight into the tools and tips to generate an effective dialogue to maximise impact with the target beneficiaries.
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This document was created to allow dissemination of information on the linkages between the internet and human rights with a specific focus towards NGOs in India working in the field.

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Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedom in Asia
Dates: 03 June-05 June 2015
Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
JL Pegangsaan Timur NO.17 Cikini
Jakarta, Indonesia.

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum
Dates: 30 Jun (Pre-event) 1 – 3 Jul (Main Conference) 2015
Venue: Cotai Central, APrIGF 2015 Macau,

APC-IMPACT Project Meeting
Dates: 10 November – 13 November 2015
Venue: João Pessoa, Brazil.

Internet Governance Forum
Theme: “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”
Dates: 10 November – 13 November 2015
Venue: João Pessoa, Brazil.

Dates: 10TH DECEMBER 2015


The most Indians today access internet via mobile phones and thus, formulating correct policies in terms of network neutrality is required. Even if we leave internet, even SMS is an important medium to connect and everyone is aware of the disastrous policies that have been adopted in past regarding SMS. A lot of legitimate marketing companies are suffering because they have to pay huge costs to send these SMSs. Similar policies have been imposed for blocking internet to stop the vertical access to the social media sites.”
Dr. Madan Rao, Author & Research Director, Your Story
Use of Internet is universal and the urge to control it is as universal. It is more about citizens who are using the service via different mediums and thus they should have a stake in it. Again the knee jerk responses we see by the governments across the globe occur because their citizens have tasted freedom in the recent past only be it via Internet or any other medium. Different countries have their own ways of handling issues so it cannot be simply said that there is a trade off between cyber security.”
Mishi Choudhary, Director of International Practice, SFLC
The fact that this right (Right to freedom of speech) is posing huge threats to our right to privacy is very true. Recently enough the govt. has been trying to address the issue by setting up the panels for cyber security and demanding content and clarifications from a number of companies. Also provisions are now being made to ensure that some part of internet infrastructure should be made by Indian manufacturers.”
Chinmayi Arun, Asst. Prof at National Law University in Delhi
One of my current grave concern is where we are heading in terms of how governments interact with internet specifically what action and reactions we think going wrong, some steps are taken in the name of religion and some in the name of protecting culture and children etc. and the list goes on. There is always an excuse for any potential action plan over the same or any suitable policy by the government. My question is when will this stop? When you shut down internet nobody wins.
Rajnesh Singh, Regional Director, Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau, ISOC
Freedom of expression is the core right in any democracy. The challenges I look in freedom of expression over the past years, I see two trends, hate speeches on one hand and security issues on the other hand. There is a need to go much more in detail about where exactly does the problem lie and how does that clear specifically in our society.”
Anja Kovacs, The Internet Democracy Project
In current situation, most of debates are because of the National Policy on Telecom which largely talks about security and regulation aspects of IT and openness of it. However, there is National Open Policy, approved by the cabinet in the last month, refers to disapprobation on RTI and making entire content online. But it could not be possible until and unless proper infrastructure is available. The government, industry players and civil society groups collectively have to play their respective roles.”
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, DeiTY, Govt. of India
RTI is a tedious process, however, the government has given timeline of receiving RTI status of 1 month but the process is not been followed by intermediaries who process the RTI applications. Thus, applicants wait for months long just to know the status of their RTI applications. There should be uniform policy within inside the government departments, organisations and agencies that entire information should be disseminated publically.
Subho Ray, President, IAMAI
The ‘Right to Information’ was the first movement that brought thousands of people together in shaping the Right to Information Act. 1% population of the country definitely uses RTI for their basic purposes. The question is that how to link internet with RTI effectively and synergize the use of RTI among rural citizens. Information in the public domain has always raised issues and Internet can be instrumental to curb the media sensation.”
Aruna Roy, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)
Social media as a strong technology platform to improve the community interaction but awareness of Social media usage in the Rural areas and grassroots. Social Media is not only about Facebook, twitter and Google+ but few inter messaging systems has also become the faster channel for youth to activate the communication anytime at an open fire speed like interactive mobile services.
Pransanto Kumar Roy, Editorial Advisor, Cybermedia
We just don’t need our content to go viral, we need internet connectivity. A lady at Jharkhand village who has some ground level issues, needs her voice to be listened. It takes time in remote areas to get technology work, unlike Delhi it took me six months to get an internet connection in Bhopal.
Mr Subhranshu Choudhury, Founder, CG Netswara
I am a guest blogger at New York times and I have been blogging about different social issues in Pakistan. I have faced challenges working with tribal areas in Pakistan as the community is little conservative in terms of being social but gradually we see them growing.
Sher Bano, Blogger, Pakistan