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Improvements in Internet Freedom in India in 2015

Friday 6 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Washington, Brussels, November 6th, 2015 (SIGNIS/Freedom House) A few days ago, we told you about the latest Freedom House Report “Freedom on the Net 2015”. The biggest result is that Internet freedom is eroding all over the world. But in India, the report shows that there are improvements.

Internet freedom improved in India for the second consecutive year in 2015, even as more governments worldwide censored information of public interest and expanded surveillance, according to the report. The Supreme Court’s March 2015 ruling on the IT Act provided critical improvements to the legal framework protecting internet freedom.“The Supreme Court’s ruling on the IT Act was a long awaited victory for free speech activists in India,” said Sanja Kelly, project director for Freedom on the Net. At the same time, network shutdowns in the name of security and a lack of transparency about blocking and surveillance are limits on internet freedom that kept the country’s rating “partly free.”

“In 2015, India’s internet users spoke out to defend net neutrality in record numbers, demonstrating a real commitment to equal, open access to online content,” said Madeline Earp, “Freedom on the Net”’s Asia research analyst. “Shutdowns and murky information about authorities’ blocking and surveillance practices violate the same fundamental internet freedom principles.”

To view the full India report, which was authored by researchers at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi, click here.

To read the whole report, click here.

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