Submissions
This Call for Submissions is open to: Organizations doing research and advocacy on the IT Rules and IL Guidelines. Technologists, lawyers, computer scientists, journalists, researchers and the like who are investigating encryption, traceability and privacy. expand

This Call for Submissions is open to:

  1. Organizations doing research and advocacy on the IT Rules and IL Guidelines.
  2. Technologists, lawyers, computer scientists, journalists, researchers and the like who are investigating encryption, traceability and privacy.
  3. Product managers - from media organizations and products - who will be tasked with content moderation and content filtering.
  4. Hosting providers who may have operational and legal concerns with IL Guidelines.
  5. Web developers building websites using Content Management Systems (CMS); CMS communities.

You can submit content on any of the following topics:

  1. Primers and explainers about IT Rules and IL Guidelines.
  2. Legal and tech-policy origins of IL Guidelines.
  3. Laws and regulations, similar to the IL Guidelines, implemented in other parts of the world.
  4. Operational issues in regulating content platforms and apps.
  5. Litigation and advocacy, globally, in response to content censorship, internet censorship and platform censorship.
  6. Operational challenges that product managers, in India and across the world, run into when complying with IT Rules-like regulations.
  7. Case studies of using ML and AI filtering mechanisms for content moderation.
  8. Exacerbating bias in content filtering.
  9. Over-compliance and user/customer backlash at the product.
  10. Alternatives to AI/ML - from point of view of costs (compute and processing costs), and resources (manpower, handling infrastructure, etc) for content scanning and complying with IL Guidelines.

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Nadika N

Nadika N

IT Rules 2021 Intermediary Guidelines: Concerns and recommendations from the community

Introduction The INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (GUIDELINES FOR INTERMEDIARIES AND DIGITAL MEDIA ETHICS CODE) RULES, 2021 notified by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), together with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), Government of India has a significant impact on what was perceived as the ‘safe harbour’ for organizations providing communications and informa… more
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  • Submitted
  • 25 May 2021

Udbhav Tiwari

IT Rules 2021: law, legalese and impact on open source communities

The Government of India (GoI), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) jointly released the new IT Rules 2021, with significant impact on Intermediaries. The new rules impact OTT and digital media streaming services, online news outlets, social media and platforms, messaging services, among others. The new rules are availa… more
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  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 01 Jul 2021

Satyavrat KK

The Wages Of Fear: A Compendium Of Global and Domestic Encryption Debates

This submission is part of a compendium on encryption. I would implore readers to first watch a short primer where Matt Green takes us through the specific technological developments that surround the history mentioned in this compendium. Better still, check out Matt Green’s submission End-to-end encryption: State of the Technical and Policy Debate for a deeper dive into the history of global enc… more
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  • Submitted
  • 19 May 2021

Satyavrat KK

U.K's Online Safety Bill: An Overview

A Brief History Of The Online Safety Bill In May 2021, the U.K government published the ‘Online Safety Bill’, comprising a 145-page document, along with 123 pages of explanatory notes and a 146-page impact assessment on the ramifications of the bill. The U.K government positions the Bill as one which ushers in “a new age of accountability for tech and brings fairness and accountability to the onl… more
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  • Submitted
  • 18 Jun 2021

Satyavrat KK

User privacy and the litigation between WhatsApp and the Indian Government over the IT Rules

On 27 May 2021, WhatsApp took the Government of India to court over the IT Rules 2021. The IT Rules 2021 mandate WhatsApp to implement traceability i.e. the ability to trace the origins of “unlawful” messages. This effectively breaks WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption technology implemented to safeguard user privacy. WhatsApp argues that this mandate (in the IT Rules) violates citizens’ fundamental… more
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  • Submitted
  • 15 Jun 2021
Bhavani Seetharaman

Bhavani Seetharaman

Nadika N

Nadika N

Zainab Bawa

Zainab Bawa

Introduction

Social Media networks, which include platforms, chat and messaging applications, photo and video sharing platforms have radically transformed the internet landscape in India and elsewhere in the last decade. User generated content has allowed diverse voices – – to create and share views, political opinions, dance videos, movie and music commentaries. more
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  • Submitted
  • 18 Sep 2021
Bhavani Seetharaman

Bhavani Seetharaman

Anish TP

Anish TP

Nadika N

Nadika N

Zainab Bawa

Zainab Bawa

Respondents' Profile

The qualitative research included 33 respondents, drawn from social media intermediaries, digital news sectors, cloud service providers , and independent software developers who work on privacy advocacy and are vocal about rights, governance and responsibility in technology. Respondents were all from metropolitan areas of India. As the qualitative representation includes both independent experts … more
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  • Submitted
  • 18 Sep 2021
Bhavani Seetharaman

Bhavani Seetharaman

Zainab Bawa

Zainab Bawa

Nadika N

Nadika N

Ethical Concerns

Broad Definitions of Unlawful Content: It is claimed that the IT Rules are framed as a response to illegal or unlawful content, including hate speech, pornography and Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), among others. Under the IT Rules, 2021, unlawful content shall also include content that is deemed against national interest or national security, including those that tarnish the image of the nat… more
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  • Submitted
  • 19 Sep 2021
Nadika N

Nadika N

Impact of IT Rules on tech workers’ ecosystem - professional and personal concerns

As discussed in the section about respondent profiles, the quantitative survey with tech workers was undertaken to measure awareness, understanding and impact of the IT Rules. The survey was conducted to gain insights about the following questions: more
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  • Submitted
  • 19 Sep 2021
Bhavani Seetharaman

Bhavani Seetharaman

Implementation Concerns

What we observe in this section can be seen as the continuation of the previous section with issues arising from the lack of ethical considerations playing out in terms of implementation. Due to the broad definitions and governance of entities in the tech ecosystem under the legislation there exists multiple tasks that must be implemented by organisations irrespective of size or resources, thus l… more
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  • Submitted
  • 21 Sep 2021

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