Indian Netas want to prescreen user content before it goes online

According to the New York Times, the Indian government has asked Internet companies and social media sites like Facebook to prescreen user content from India and to remove disparaging, inflammatory or

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Abhishek Yadav

December 11, 2011 - 9:19pm

First ask kapil sibbal......why is CAT chairperson seat is still vacate from last 6 months after retirement from Mr.Rajesh tondon....Ask kapil sibbal what is role of sec 79 of IT act... Govt is claiming to take action with in 36 hrs of any complaint regarding cyber crime....hahahaha....wat a joke....its been more then 6 months....no one even bother to see what is the current situation of CAT....how many cases are pending....how many cases have investigated.....what is wrong....SEC 79 of IT ACT or OUR so called Information technology minister Mr.Kapil Sibbal....

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G S Rao

December 8, 2011 - 11:31am

Well said.I agree with your views. It is for the Government to take action against those violators of law. For preventing views of a few bad persons, the views of many should not come under scanner,criticized or blocked.

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Naavi

December 8, 2011 - 11:31am

Good Observation. I agree that DIT is so preoccupied with censoring political content on Internet that it has no time to appoint CAT chairperson. Over the last six months I have sent representations to President of India and the Chief Justice of India. Still the file does not move in DIT. Obviously the priorities of the Government are different from that of the Citizens.

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Mohan Katarki

December 8, 2011 - 12:23am

Highly defamatory materials are circulated on the social networks hosted by the famous Facebook, Orkut etc. The Union Minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal (unfortunately not too popular on social networks) has threatened to stop the circulation of such material. Can Kapil Sibal succede ? Legally speaking, there is no impediment for regulation of the social networks, since the Parliament or the State legislatures have necessary powers to place reasonable restrictions on the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression on the ground of defamation [as provided under Art 19(1) (a) of the Constitution] and the freedom of the media and social networks, which also flow from the said provision, can also be subjected to the reasonable restrictions. Even technology is not in short supply as social networks can be screened to remove or identify certain selected texts, which are objectionable. Thus, really nothing stops Kapil Sbal to control the contents of the social networks. But, is it a wise move of Kapil Sibal ?

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RM

December 8, 2011 - 12:23am

Good column Mr. Shojan. I also agree that many a times internet is the only place where democracy actually works.. The fact abt CAT was shocking..

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