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The Internet Freedom Foundation, which runs campaigns to defend online freedom and data privacy, said that it has filed six RTI requests this month, pertaining to newly introduced government projects planning the use of 'facial recognition technology'. (File Photo / REUTERS)

RTI filed on govt use of 'facial recognition' in airports, Covid-19 vaccination

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 11:27 AM IST
The IFF is also keeping a close watch on free speech violations, and demanded accountability from the Centre over Twitter removing 50 posts from its platform last month on government requests. Most of these posts were related to the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Microsoft shares have surged more than 500% since Satya Nadella took over as CEO seven years ago(Reuters file photo)
Microsoft shares have surged more than 500% since Satya Nadella took over as CEO seven years ago(Reuters file photo)

Satya Nadella says big tech needs clearer laws on online speech

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 05:15 PM IST
  • “Unilateral action by individual companies in democracies like ours is just not long-term stable—we do need to be able to have a framework of laws and norms,” Satya Nadella said in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang.
The Trump scion had also started his own website at the beginning of January citing restrictions and censoring of free speech as the reason.(AP file photo)
The Trump scion had also started his own website at the beginning of January citing restrictions and censoring of free speech as the reason.(AP file photo)

'That's why I Joined Telegram': Donald Trump Jr's announcement on Twitter

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 11:15 PM IST
Don Jr’s Telegram bio designates him as the executive vice president of his father’s company, a father, and an outdoorsman. His channel has already raked in a total of 723K members.
The order also, once again rightly, takes a position against hate speech, defined in terms of context, content, and impact(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The order also, once again rightly, takes a position against hate speech, defined in terms of context, content, and impact(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Free speech vs hate speech | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:26 PM IST
The Supreme Court’s defence of freedom, and disavowal of hatred, is welcome
Technology giants including Google and Facebook have said they see the law giving Singapore’s government too much power over deciding what qualifies as true or false.(GETTY IMAGES)
Technology giants including Google and Facebook have said they see the law giving Singapore’s government too much power over deciding what qualifies as true or false.(GETTY IMAGES)

Singapore passes fake news law amid freedom of speech fears

Reuters | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2019 08:56 PM IST
The law will require online media platforms to carry corrections or remove content the government considers to be false, with penalties for perpetrators running as high as prison terms of up to 10 years or fines up to S$1 million ($735,000).
The bench had underlined that no authority could restrict screening of a movie once it is cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification, or the censor board.(ADP File)
The bench had underlined that no authority could restrict screening of a movie once it is cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification, or the censor board.(ADP File)

‘Mob can’t silence free speech’: SC fines Bengal for shadow ban on film

Kolkata/New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 01:35 PM IST
The producers had alleged that the state government had issued a directive to pull out the movie from almost all theatres on the ground that “that the contents of the film may hurt public sentiments.
Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Taj Palace, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, October 6, 2018.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Taj Palace, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, October 6, 2018.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Recent Supreme Court verdicts needed, but they went too far: Arun Jaitley

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2018 11:06 PM IST
The path-breaking judgments of the Supreme Court on gay sex, adultery and the entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala, were needed, and, in some cases, struck down or changed aspects of law that needed to be struck down or changed,said Arun Jaitley.
A woman employee examining the condition of the file of old issues of Hindustan Times newspaper at Sikh Reference Library at Golden Temple.(HT Representative Photo)
A woman employee examining the condition of the file of old issues of Hindustan Times newspaper at Sikh Reference Library at Golden Temple.(HT Representative Photo)

New Indian Foundation ’s focus on post-1947 history to fill literary gap

Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Paramita Ghosh
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2018 11:36 PM IST
There are many histories — subaltern, institutional, to do with movements — that tell the story of a nation, its crests, troughs, flows and stasis. Since 2004, the New Indian Foundation (NIF)
Vietnam announced last year a 10,000-strong military cyber force tasked with fighting “wrongful views” online. Activists have said the online brigade, dubbed ‘Force 47’, has flooded their sites with pro-government commentary and harassment.(AFP/File Photo)
Vietnam announced last year a 10,000-strong military cyber force tasked with fighting “wrongful views” online. Activists have said the online brigade, dubbed ‘Force 47’, has flooded their sites with pro-government commentary and harassment.(AFP/File Photo)

Vietnam activists accuse Facebook of censoring content against communist govt

Agence France-Presse, Hanoi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 06:57 PM IST
Vietnam ranks among Facebook’s top 10 users by numbers and the site is hugely popular among dissidents in the one-party state where independent media is banned and blog sites routinely removed.
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