Tory plans to block online porn could breach EU law

Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to automatically block online pornography may soon be made illegal under EU law, a leaked memo has revealed. Cameron proposes to introduce legislation forcing internet service providers (ISPs) to enact filters which block adult material by default unless customers “opt-out” – a scheme critics have described as censorship. Major ISP…

Government to soon introduce agri specific mobile apps

The government will be soon introducing interactive voice response systems together with various other methodologies of integrating buyer-seller platforms through mobile apps to make mobile telephony the most potent and omnipresent tool for agriculture governance, administration and development, an official said. “A large, stupendous scope of work is on the anvil to reach out to…

Naidu launches ‘Meekosam’ portal

‘Meekosam’, a portal for people to report grievances, problems and give suggestions, was launched by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Tuesday. Photographs and documents relating to the grievances/suggestions could also be posted, according to an official release here. The portal, www.meekosam.ap.gov.in will record grievance based on Aadhar number. The person who…

Section 66A judgment: A victory for intermediaries

The judgment brings intermediary liability in India in line with the international position, and should encourage e-commerce start-ups The Supreme Court’s decision in the Shreya Singhal case striking down the draconian Section 66A has garnered much applause and rightly so. The decision, in fact, re-emphasises the need to respect the fundamental freedom of speech and…

Indian government suggests Airtel Zero, Internet.org violate net neutrality

India’s Department of Telecom (DoT), in its preliminary findings, has said that Bharti Airtel’s sponsored content service and Reliance Communications’ zero-rating deal with Facebook/Internet.org are “against the spirit of net neutrality”. A high-level government source told the Economic Times that this is the view after its initial assessment. “Any final decision regarding the two services…