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India’s IT Rules, 2021: Incompatible with the ICCPR and a fatal blow to democratic discourse – Raghav Mendiratta

In the recently released Freedom House Freedom Report, India has been demoted to ‘Partly Free’ from the ‘Free’ category. Civil liberties and free expression have seen a slow but steady breakdown in India over the last few years. A particularly disturbing trend is the silencing of voices through targeted prosecutions of activists, students, academics, protestors, and journalists. Continue reading

Are digital companies about to lose their rights to exclude users from their platform, Biden v Knight First Amendment Institute – Yair Cohen

Never before in human history, have those in charge of carrying public information to billions of people across the planet, been left unregulated.  The closest example of large scale information carriers are telephone companies and TV news stations, both of which operate under licences, which prohibit discrimination or selection of their users. Certainly not a selection, which is based on race or on political affiliation. Continue reading

“Surveillance Capitalism” – the internet’s new official protest song?

The concept of “surveillance capitalism” – coined by academic Shoshana Zuboff in 2014 – has been the subject of a number of Inforrm posts.  For example, “Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy?” – Donell Holloway and “Our “data self” explained. A brief journey into Surveillance Capitalism” – Nataly Tedone. Continue reading

Platform Content Moderation: Some Humility about Transparency – Daphne Keller

I am a huge fan of transparency about platform content moderation. I’ve considered it a top policy priority for years, and written about it in detail (with Paddy Leerssen, who also wrote this great piece about recommendation algorithms and transparency). I sincerely believe that without it, we are unlikely to correctly diagnose current problems or arrive at wise legal solutions. Continue reading

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