Writers and human rights experts call on India to repeal laws that threaten free expression in world’s largest democracy

Earlier this year, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs used an extensive arsenal of vague and overbroad laws to muzzle the world’s largest environmental watchdog, Greenpeace International. Using seemingly innocuous provisions in the Indian Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010, the government effectively silenced criticism of a controversial nuclear power plant by freezing the bank account of Greenpeace…

Trust and Collaboration – Key Features for the Internet’s Future

Last week, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), in collaboration with the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG), hosted a conference on Internet governance and cybersecurity. The conference gathered a variety of experts to discuss issues pertaining to Internet governance, human rights, data protection and privacy, digital trade, innovation and security. The…

Internet must be governed: BJP

BJP today said internet must be governed as it is “extremely important” for governance but it should done in a way that does not compromise on the spirit of freedom of speech and expression. “Internet is extremely important and since it is extremely important for governance also, because every person is within the ambit of…

India effect of Verizon-AOL deal

Just when India is warming up in a heated debate on net neutrality, here comes some interesting news. Last week, US telecom operator Verizon Communications announced it will acquire AOL (America Online) for $4.4 billion (or about Rs 28,000 crore). AOL is an internet service provider (ISP) that has relied heavily on content to be…

Health staff, clinics attacked, need more protection – rights groups

Health workers in countries torn by civil unrest and conflict – particularly Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria – need greater protection against attacks on medical facilities, staff and patients, rights groups and aid agencies said on Wednesday. Targeted attacks are destroying health systems and infrastructure, forcing health workers to flee and preventing children from getting vaccinations,…

Opposition against Internet.org growing

Amid growing criticism for Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, 67 Internet activists group have written an open letter to the founder of social networking site Mark Zuckerberg, saying it violates principles of net neutrality and is a threat to freedom of expression. Signatories to the letter include groups from India, Colombia, Netherlands, U.S., Democratic Republic of Congo,…

Net2Phone Office Adds India to Unlimited Calling Destinations

Net2Phone, IDT Telecom’s business solutions subsidiary, today announced that its best-in-class telecommunications solution for business, Net2Phone Office, has added unlimited calling to India to its flat rate international calling plan. Net2Phone Office’s Hosted PBX service and its SIP Trunking services both include Net2Phone Office’s unlimited international calling plan for one low monthly rate. With the…