The Centre for Internet and Society and the Foundation for Media Professionals held an open discussion on ‘Resisting Internet Censorship: Strategies for Furthering Freedom of Expression in India‘ at the Bangalore International Centre on April 21, 2012. The discussion was attended by various eminent persons including CLPR’s Sudhir Krishnaswamy.
The discussion was held in the wake of the Rajya Sabha member Mr. P. Rajeev initiating a motion to annul the IT (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011. The discussion group debated the possible dangerous effects of the Rules and its interference with various rights. A challenge to the Rules is currently pending before the Kerala High Court by an advocate, Shojan Jacob. The Hindu and Legally India have covered the discussion extensively.
The list of participants includes:
- P. Rajeeve, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha, CPI(M))
- Rajeev Chandrashekar, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha, Independent)
- V.R. Sudarshan, Member of Legislative Council, Karnataka (Congress)
- Na. Vijayshankar, Cyber Law College
- Mahesh Murthy, Pinstorm
- B.G. Mahesh, OneIndia.in
- Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Centre for Law and Policy Research
- Siddharth Narain, Alternative Law Forum
- Ram Bhat, Maraa
- S. Senthil, FSMK
- Deepa Dhanraj
- Arati Chokshi, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (Karnataka)