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India’s I&B ministry blocks eight YouTube channels for ‘spreading fake news’

As many as eight news channels on YouTube have been blocked on August 16, 2022, by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) under the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, according to a press release put out by the Union government. The blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership...

Delhi police’s reply to IFF RTI shows FRT may worsen religious-bias in policing

What’s the news: An 80 percent accuracy in facial recognition technology (FRT) is considered “positive” enough by the Delhi police to target individuals accused of rioting, although those scoring a lower accuracy are no better off, found Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), digital rights group, in an RTI, reported the Indian Express. As per the records...

Attend Our Briefing: Impact Of The Competition Bill On Startups

The Competition Act, 2002, is finally set to get a makeover, a decade after it was introduced. Why is it being amended? How will mergers and acquisitions be impacted? How will India’s startup ecosystem be impacted? In this briefing, we will answer all your questions about the Competition Bill and its implications. Title: Impact of the Competition...

TLDR: Assam internet block, India G24, TikTok, Twitter, Big Tech, drones for healthcare, more

Mobile internet suspended in 25 districts of Assam to prevent exam cheating  Assam has reportedly suspended mobile internet in 25 districts to prevent cheating and malpractices during recruitment exams for Group III and IV government jobs. Internet services were to be suspended during examination hours, as per the decision by the chief minister conveyed...

How Google’s location tracking led to a $42 million penalty in Australia

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered Google to pay $42 million in penalties for misleading consumers about the collection and use of their personal location data in Android phones for almost 2 years (from Jan 2017 to Dec 2018). This is in response to a case filed by Australia’s competition watchdog – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission...

MeitY’s Digital India Act due in Winter Session, says report: OTT, metaverse in ambit

What’s the news: Days after the withdrawal of the data protection Bill, the government announced plans to introduce the Digital India Act (DIA) that will replace the IT Act 2000 to “cover crime on Twitter, Facebook, and Metaverse and monitor content on OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon for spreading misinformation or inciting violence,” said the...

Vauld comes under ED scanner after the agency freezes assets worth Rs 367 crore

The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) continued its crackdown on crypto entities last week as it moved to freeze assets worth Rs. 367 crore belonging to Flipvolt cryptocurrency exchange, according to a press release by the agency. Flipvolt is the Indian subsidiary of the Singaporean crypto lender— Vauld. A breakdown of the assets provided by the ED...

TLDR: Social media and small businesses, Snapchat privacy, Meta’s user tracking, UN IGF, WhatsApp’s Windows beta, more

ACC looks into social media companies’ interactions with small businesses Australia’s competition commission is looking into how small businesses are engaging with social media platforms such as advertising experience and switching costs between platforms. These views are being sought as part of its Digital Platforms Inquiry which has established...

Deep Dive: What do lawyers think of the proposed changes to the Competition Act, 2002?

A mandatory requirement to report mergers and acquisitions above a certain value threshold, a broadened scope of what constitutes an anti-competitive agreement, a decrease in the number of days the CCI can take to review combinations, and a new settlements and commitments framework are some of the many changes proposed in the Competition (Amendment)...

VLC Media Player ban completes six months but no one knows why it was axed from the Indian internet

VLC Media Player’s long-standing ban is in the news again as several news organisations reported on the six-month ban recently. Medianama covered the ban nearly two months ago, and it seems like the situation has not changed since then. The shadow ban has not gone down well with VideoLAN, the project behind the open software. which revealed that the...

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