India immediately shut down Internet

India immediately shut down Internet: In a democracy like India, internet shutdowns have become a norm. The authorities suspend mobile internet and broadband services whenever there have been violence, widespread protests because of social media posts or otherwise. According to Brookings Institution report, India lost over Rs. 6, 548 cores in business due to internet shutdowns in the past 3 years. Read…

Madhur Bhandarkar on Indu Sarkar protests: Rahul Gandhi, can I have my Freedom of Expression?

Madhur Bhandarkar on Indu Sarkar protests: Rahul Gandhi, can I have my Freedom of Expression?: Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on Sunday took to Twitter to call upon Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and sought his intervention into the grand old party’s constant interference in the press conferences of his upcoming directorial Indu Sarkar. Read More

The impact of Internet shutdowns

The impact of Internet shutdowns: There were over 27 Internet shutdowns in 2016. Often, the same sequence of events plays out — communal unrest flares up, sometimes fueled by fake news, and the authorities see messages proliferating online, sometimes on messaging apps like WhatsApp, as a prime factor. Consequently, the Internet is shut down for…