SC seeks govt’s stand over de-criminalising defamation

Days after it struck down the much-abused Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, the Supreme Court Tuesday sought the government’s stand on de-criminalising defamation on the ground that the penal provisions unreasonably constrict the freedom of speech. “Defamation is an offence under the Indian Penal Code, but we need to delve on whether it…

The case of the online intermediary

It is creditable that SC has attempted to balance intermediary liability with freedom of expression in Shreya Singhal case, but new procedural safeguards are required. The jubilation with which the Shreya Singhal case has been greeted is justified on several counts, most of them to do with free speech jurisprudence and the criminalisation of speech…

RPO issues 20L passports under its seva project

On Monday the Regional Passport Office in the city issued the 20,00,000th passport under the Passport Seva Project (PSP). The project was an ambitious e-governance initiative as a part of National e-governance plan. It was initiated at the Lalbagh Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in May 2010. According to an official estimation, the RPO Karnataka issued…

Punjab CS holds conference on e-governance projects

Punjab government Chief secretary today held a video conferencing session with all the Deputy Commissioners to review the progress of implementation of various e-governance projects in the state. Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal issued directions to Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to complete all the pending e-governance projects in time-bound manner so that essential public services could be…

eGovWatch: PM Narendra Modi pitches for mobile governance

Pitching for his ambitious Digital India Programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the nation needs to move towards mobile governance, which would not only ensure transparency but also bring accountability. “We are giving importance to Digital India and want to move towards mobile governance, by which good governance will come naturally and there…

Govt makes a pitch for open source software in IT tenders

With an aim to reduce project costs, the government has decided to give preference to open source software (OSS) over proprietary in e-governance procurements. “The government of India shall endeavour to adopt open source software in all e-governance systems implemented by various government organisations as a preferred option in comparison to closed source software (CSS),”…