India

Country Profile: India
Background With a population of over one billion, India is the world’s second most populous nation. The Indian government, a constitutional republic and representative democracy, generally respects the right to free speech and allows a wide array of political, social, and economic beliefs...
ONI Blog: Routing Gone Wild: Documenting upstream filtering in Oman via India
Crossposted from the Citizen Lab blog. Key Findings Data collected from Oman shows that web filtering applied by India-based ISPs is restricting access to content for customers of an ISP in Oman. While unusual, content filtering undertaken in one political jurisdiction can have...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 22, 2012
On Monday, Google released its bi-annual transparency report, documenting a drastic increase of takedown notices from around the globe. Highlights include a 49% increase in content censorship in India and a huge spike in requests from democratic regimes. The International...
ONI Blog: Anonymous-led Protests in India Reflect Debate Over Internet Regulation
Anti-online censorship protests spearheaded by online activist group Anonymous in India this weekend drew sparse crowds, but their efforts underscore a larger debate around Internet regulation in the world’s largest democracy. This weekend’s protests stemmed from a High Court...
ONI Blog: Reporters Without Borders Releases "Enemies of the Internet" Report
Last week on World Day Against Cyber Censorship, Reporters Without Borders released this year's "Enemies of the Internet" report. Among the newest additions to the list are Bahrain and Belarus, both of which had been under surveillance but had not...
ONI Blog: Google and Facebook Comply with Indian Court Orders
Google and Facebook have taken down some content from sites with Indian domains. In compliance with Delhi High Court demands that they begin censoring should they continue operations in India, the two companies seem to have bowed to the court's...
ONI Blog: India Threatens to "Pull a China" and Block Social Networking Sites
China is well known as a leader in online censorship, but no other government has explicitly referenced the country as an example to follow—until now. Last Thursday, Delhi's High Court ordered Facebook and Google India to remove all "objectionable and offensive" material...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: January 13, 2012
Members of the NetCoalition trade association are considering shutting down in protest of the SOPA bill that's about to be voted on in Congress. Companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been discussing the possibility of conducting a mass Internet...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: December 9, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: India Government Asks Social Media Companies to Screen Content
The Indian government met with social media companies including Google and Facebook to discuss prescreening user content before it goes live on their respective websites. Executives from the companies organized a dicussion with telecommunications minister Kapil Sibal in order to negotiate...