India to set up agency to scan tweets, emails and updates

The government is setting up an internet scanning agency which will seek to monitor all web traffic passing through internet service providers in the country. The scanning agency to be called National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC), will issue ‘actionable alerts’ to government departments in cases of perceived security threats. … According to the minutes of ameeting […]

Locking up cyberspace in Pakistan

Bytesforall says this: The Government of Pakistan has repeatedly exhibited the obsession to lock up the Pakistani cyberspace at every given chance. The reasons for doing so are myriad and diverse, but mostly, they revolve around the same unjustifiable excuses like upholding national security, war on terror and/or religious morality. In order to do these, […]

Press freedom rank for India drops from 105 in 2009 to 131 last year

Following are excerpts from a Washington Post article titled “India debates limits to freedom of expression”   From Google to Facebook, from world-famous author Salman Rushdie to a little-known political cartoonist, it has become increasingly easy in recent months to offend the Indian government, and to incur the wrath of the censor or even the […]

US Congress notices that the entire Internet is angry: SOPA postponed

Internet was on strike on January 18 in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act. The public participation online and on the streets was huge. U.S. Congress observed all these developments, paid attention to the public opinion and is postponing the votes on SOPA and PIPA and has agreed to revisit both bills. Internet Society […]

Internet on Strike to stop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

I am reproducing a message posted in the Chapter mailing list yesterday on the SOPA Strike: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261, is abill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011. The bill, if made law, would expand the ability of U.S. […]