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Since our last #TransparencyReport, IFF has filed 36 RTI requests and 3 first appeals in February!
In response received from NIXI, we discovered that there was no legal basis for their undated notice for cap on [dot]in domains! 1/n…
➡️ We filed RTIs with 30 Indian states and Union Territories over internet shutdown orders issued by them and their compliance with the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Anuradha Bhasin v. UoI! 2/n…
NIXI responded that the new policy is as per powers under Clause 9.19 of Registry-Registrar Agreement. The exercise of NIXI’s power based on this contractual agreement defies legal understanding. Further, NIXI justified their decision solely on grounds of National Security. 3/n
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[AMPLIFY] Join critical #digitalrights advocacy in India! #HIRING

1⃣ Policy Director:…

2⃣ Civic Literacy and Communications Associate:…

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IFF is HIRING | Policy Director 🗣️

Lead IFF’s programme vertical, build IFF’s advocacy in emerging areas of tech policy, explain policy developments to our community, & drive real world change on digital rights!

Full job description and how to apply:… 2/4 Image
IFF is HIRING | Civic Literacy and Communications Associate 🗣️

Chalk out strategy, research and ideation to lead a young non profit’s communications, civic literacy, outreach, and advocacy initiatives!

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Is democracy under threat?

@ProgIntl is creating an alternative — a global observatory with the legal expertise, data science, and parliamentary power to track anti-democratic attacks and provide real-time defenses against them.

We stand with them: (1/4) Quote tweet by Apar Gupta: ...
Our work on electoral integrity focuses on — free and fair elections and the impact of digitisation. This is a vital issue where our engagement includes a joint representation in the 2019 General Elections to the Election Commission. (2/4)
IFF has also advocated for a digital rights charter for political parties, and many of these demands have found mention in the manifestos of national political parties for the 2019 General Elections. (3/4)…
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#Tripura police has asked Twitter for personal details, like IP and linked phone numbers of multiple users — including lawyers & reporters — under a flimsy excuse: 'potential to flare up communal tension'.
Here's why this is patently illegal. Thread 👇🏽 1/n…
Information sought: browsing logs, IP addresses from which the users had logged on, mobile numbers (including verified numbers added for security reasons), and accounts that users had linked into their Twitter account.
This notice is patently illegal as Section 91 of the CrPC does not empower police authorities to block online content, but only enables the production of a document necessary for investigation or inquiry. The power to block online content only exists u/s69A of the IT Act. 3/n
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Government allows walk-in Vaccination for 18-44 age group.
We thank @PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA and @AyushmanNHA for listening to the the grievances raised by @SFLCin regarding #COVIDVaccination.
#DigitalDefenders #VaccinationDrive #Covid_19 #CowinPortal #Corona
Beneficiaries aged 18 years and above can now schedule appointments online or walk-in to Government vaccination centres for Vaccination.
. @SFLCin had written letters to @PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA @AyushmanNHA highlighting the urgent need to open up walk-in registrations for 18-44 age group.…
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#LiveToday: Join @PrasanthTweets, @VrindaBhandari, Dan Yair, & @sardarbinyan as they discuss the current state of COVID-19 litigation at @rightscon 2021.…
#DigitalRights #Covid19
. @SFLCin has assisted in the filing of a writ petition challenging the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy before the Kerala High Court.…
#petition #Vaccination #VaccinationForAll
The liberalised pricing policy has allowed a multi-track procurement process & a differential vaccine pricing mechanism where vaccines will be supplied by the two Vaccine Manufacturers, @SerumInstIndia as well as @BharatBiotech to the Center, the States & private hospitals.
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@WhatsApp has challenged the traceability provision in the Delhi High Court stating it is unconstitutional and against the fundamental Right to #Privacy as enshrined in Justice K.S. Puttaswamy vs UOI (2017).…
In order to follow the traceability provision i.e. Rule 4(2), WhatsApp would have to break end-to-end encryption for its users thereby undermining privacy of messages to its users.
You can read about the provision here:…. has been assisting FOSS developer Praveen A in challenging IL Rules,2021 including the traceability provision.

You can read about the challenge here:…
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#Twitter & #Facebook are not getting #banned but If these significant social media intermediaries don't comply with the #ITRules they could however lose the safe harbor protection which means they could incur liability (civil & criminal) for the acts done by third party users.
The Rules could also undermine the principles of open & accessible internet, the fundamental #RightToPrivacy & #FreeSpeech & expression enshrined in the Constitution.…
#SocialMedia #ILRules #SafeHarbour #BigTech #ITRules #TwitterBan #FacebookBan
The #informationtechnology Rules, 2021 (#ILRules) which have been prescribed by the #Centralgovt under Section 79 of the IT Act are a set of compliances which the intermediaries have to abide by, in order to keep the safe harbor protection intact.
#SocialMediaban #internet
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The #ITRules 2021 came into effect on February 25, and today is the deadline for significant social media intermediaries to comply with new obligations under the IT Rules 2021.…
The Rules could undermine the principles of open & accessible internet, the fundamental #RightToPrivacy & #FreeSpeech & expression enshrined in the Constitution.
#DigitalIndia #SocialMedia #ILRules #DigitalDefenders
What are the major due diligence requirements that have to be observed by an #intermediary ?
#Datacracy #ottguidelines #SocialMedia #ITRules
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Our report shows 500 reports of Palestinian #DigitalRights violations over the past two weeks. Loads of content were taken down, Loads of accounts were suspended, This is the online oppression against Palestinians! #GazaUnderAttack
Check out our report:…
It documents 40 reports that exposed the hate speech & incitement to violence directed towards Palestinians online, including reports of Israeli extremist groups mobilizing lynch mobs on WhatsApp & Telegram. #DigitalRights #HumanRights
Check out our report…
Google also blurred the Gaza Strip and made the area low-resolution on Google Maps, impeding the ability of HR groups to document attacks & demolitions. #SavePalestine #SavePalestinians #Palestine
Check out our report:…
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We are pleased to inform you all that subsequent to the legal notice sent to @TwitterIndia informing that @fsmi_in had not violated @Twitter's rules or Indian law by sharing @IndianCERT's letter, Twitter has restored FSMI’s access to their Twitter account.…
Free Software Movement of India's access to their account was blocked by @Twitter after they had uploaded a copy of a complaint letter to @IndianCERT about @bigbasketblog's data breach.
#censorship #FreeSpeech #TwitterAccountSuspend
Twitter had stated that FSMI had violated #TwitterRules specifically about posting #PrivateInformation of others without their express authorization and permission.
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At a time when the entire country is grappling with #COVID-19, mandatory #CoWin registration by @AyushmanNHA will lead to exclusion of citizens from 18-44 years from vaccination who do not use smartphones or do not have an internet connection.
@rssharma3 @MoHFW_INDIA
Not every citizen has digital literacy to be able to register online for vaccination via CoWIN's website or mobile application.
As @prateekwaghre pointed out that as of December, 2020, there are only 58 internet subscribers out of 100 people in India. This would further push people from getting #vaccination.
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Mega thread ✨

Are you confused about the Personal Data Protection Bill, and don't know where to start? We're on a mission to #StartFromScratch and break down components of the bill for your knowledge.

Follow this thread closely. Ready? Let's go!

In part 1 we discussed the need for a data protection bill in today's digital world. We provided historical context and hinted at some of the concerns that have been raised about it. In part 2 below, we discuss the bill's basic elements and provisions.
Let's begin with the basics - the most important definitions. Given the example that you're a Facebook user, you are called a "data principal". Facebook is the "data fiduciary", and the entity that processes your data for, say, advertising purposes is a "data processor".
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Internet Shutdowns cost India $2.8 BN, making #India the most economically-impacted nation from Internet shutdowns in 2020. @top10vpn
#LetTheNetWork #keepItOn #internetshutdown #JammuAndKashmir…
As #DigitalIndia is becoming a reality, it is important to understand that maximum efforts have to be made to make internet free, accessible, and inclusive to all.
Students have lost many hours of their education, people have lost their livelihoods, the media has been severely crippled, the economy has suffered immensely & businesses have collapsed in the absence of a stable internet connection. #LetTheNetWork #KeepItOn
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#Defenders @SFLCin
“One of the most notable orders included #KarnatakaHC passing an order that no service/benefit can be denied to anyone by state instrumentalities for not installing @SetuAarogya”. Here’s @AnnoyedSingh, sharing her experience on Defending #DigitalRights in 2020. Image
SFLC.IN has been representing its advisory board member @anivar in the Karnataka HC. @anivar's PIL challenges the constitutionality of @SetuAarogya and its de-facto imposition.…
#aarogyasetu #COVID19 #COVID19India
The #PIL challenges the voluntary-mandatory imposition of @SetuAarogya and the invasion of privacy rights in the absence of specific legislation governing data collection and processing by it.
#ContactTracing #app #aarogyasetu
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We're taking the ICO to court over their failure to stop widespread and systemic abuses of our privacy rights by the AdTech industry.

Help us protect your data from illegal ads ⬇️…
Here's the story covered by @markscott82 for the @politico 👇…
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1/8 👂 WHEN THEY HEAR US: After a majority of respondents called on the EU to ban biometric identification in the #AIWhitePaper consultation, the @EU_Commission says a ban is still being considered.
#BanThisBS #FacialRecognition #MassSurveillance #DemocracyInAction #PeoplePower
2/8 What is at stake with biometric surveillance? Our reality as we know it! We must protect our democratic public spaces– and with them, our freedoms to speak, to assemble, to protest and to express ourselves.

#BanThisBS #FacialRecognition
3/8 Europe, right now 🇪🇺: more than 15 countries have secretly experimented with harmful #Biometric systems like #FacialRecognition in public spaces. They have often ignored existing laws & showed no respect for democracy or critical public opinion.
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This week I was able to travel to 4 districts in #GilgitBaltistan to meet freelancers and individuals working at various private organizations. Internet issues are far more worrying than I knew previously.


Within the densely populated Gilgit city, there are a number of neighborhoods that don't even get signals of one of the major telecom operators that provide 3G/4G services. In areas of Sonikot, you have to get to the roof to catch signals.


The representatives at an SCO franchise in NLI Market were unable to explain the speed to expect for subscribing to a certain data package. They kept insisting, a separate 4G device that costs Rs. 3,500 can fix the issue. It was out of stock.


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Banning #TikTok is banning free speech and info access for tens of millions of young Americans. The app must be accountable for the data it collects, but a ban is absurd. Contact your representatives and sign on to #DefendTikTok now: Image
Tik Tok is notorious for that app's massive data privacy concerns, its relationship with the Chinese government, widespread censorship, and blatant discrimination.
TikTok's problem is a problem that most platforms have. US platforms, especially Facebook, have been directly implicated in historic data abuse incidents like election manipulation. #CambridgeAnalytica
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6 districts in Haryana have imposed a ban on social media news platforms using provisions - Section 188 of the IPC, Disaster Management Act 2005 and Epidemic Disease Act, 1957.
#FreedomOfSpeech #WebsiteBan #Haryana
The reason for the said ban is stated to be “dissemination of unverified and misleading news from such platforms may disturb tranquillity in the society and may adversely affect the mental health of common man during the COVID-19 pandemic".
#Covid_19 #pandemic #FakeNews
These six districts include #Sonipat, #Kaithal, #CharkhiDadri, #Karnal, #Narnaul and #Bhiwani.
The News platforms upon which the Ban has been imposed are based on WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, YouTube, Instagram, Public App and LinkedIn.…
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A thread on the death of @peter_tonoli: Image
I’ve struggled greatly with whether or not to share this information because Peter was intensely private person. I have wanted to protect the privacy of Peter, myself, and *mostly importantly* my children.
That said I believe that if some good from Peter’s death, then maybe it will help the kids and I find solace.

Peter took his own life. His was the death of a confluence of circumstances. He was a victim of feeling helpless and worthless.
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New #digitalrights language needed; stating mass surveillance isn’t the answer/a human rights violation unlikely to win allies in governments or among the citizenry at this time...

For what’s the response to, “what are the alternatives?”


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#jail4journalists is back:

The briefing points to the Official Secrets review by @Law_Commission which was considering making it illegal to receive or handle leaked docs…
@Law_Commission So that's vague I grant you. But criminalising journalism ("updating the Official Secrets Act for the digital age") was the heart of that review.
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Full house for #NetBlocks2018 London with @HannahMachlin about to kick off on the need for #DigitalRights worldwide
Data-driven advocacy and broad participation is essential for the future of human rights, says @HannahMachlin #NetBlocks2018
Some communities are more at risk and we've been identifying and helping them, but increasingly all Internet users are at risk - @melodypatry on the widening scope of work at @accessnow #NetBlocks2018
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