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Provision for blocking content under new IT rules not new: Centre

-The Hindu It has been exercised for the past 11 years, clarifies I&B Ministry The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Saturday clarified that no “new provision” had been added to the existing law, after uproar over a provision of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, under which the Secretary of the Ministry can block public access to any information in case of emergency. “Certain misgivings...

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An app to trace Aarogya setu’s creator -Anita Joshua

-The Telegraph RTI body issues notice to three wings of the central govt for ‘obstruction of information and providing an evasive reply’ At 7.25pm on Tuesday, 16.23 crore Indians were using the Aarogya Setu App but the departments concerned in the Narendra Modi government have claimed in writing that they do not have any information on who created the app and they do not possess files relating to this “mandatory” tool to...

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How not to tame the digital dragon -Apar Gupta

-The Hindu The arbitrary ban on 59 web services undermines legal processes and democratic norms Earlier this week, on June 29, a dramatic press release was issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) directing a ban on 59 smartphone applications, many of them web services. This includes TikTok, a popular social media platform; the UC Browser, a preferred web browser for low budget smartphones; and CamScanner, which is used...

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Ayushman Bharat: FIR against owners of 89 websites spreading false information -Astha Saxena

-The Indian Express The agency had reported the matter to Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, requesting them to shut these websites down. The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body implementing the Ayushman Bharat Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPM) has identified 89 fake websites and mobile applications providing false information about the scheme and lodged an FIR against owners/developers of these websites and applications. According to officials, these websites and applications have been...

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Will the Supreme Court declare the Aadhaar Act a black law? -Dr. Gopal Krishna

-Rediff.com Unless the judges factor in the ungovernability of technologies and their beneficial owners, present and future Presidents, prime ministers, judges, legislators and officials handling sensitive assignments may become redundant with reference to their age-old roles for securing national resources and assets, warns Dr Gopal Krishna. In the moment of Uber-isation and Ola-isation of services, wherein an app links a supplier with a consumer via a platform and the app provider may...

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