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Anonymous India To File RTIs Seeking Information Against Internet Censorship

In a shift from its DDoS activities, Anonymous India has asked for help from its Indian supporters to file RTI (Right To Information) applications against all public servants to obtain all communications pertaining to content censorship requests to Google, Facebook or any other websites.

The hacker group stated that this initiative will help them reveal “all anti-free-speech actions in due time” but it noted that question should be asked creatively so as to extract maximum information possible, giving an example of asking for all government communications to Google or asking them to share details of unofficial email addresses, which it says is a way of these not being documented as official.

Anonymous India says it will maintain a list of all RTIs filed and will will make this information public along with documents it receives. The group also hinted at the next phase of its operations where it claimed to make use of this information and documents “in even more powerful ways”.

Anonymous India which is primarily known for conducting cyberattacks and taking down websites through Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) method, seems to taking a different approach of late, which is more focused on making information public, instead if taking down sites. Like we’d said earlier, takedowns can be counterproductive.

Last week Anonymous India had conducted a nationwide on-ground protest across 16 cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Calicut, Nagpur, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Manipal among others, asking citizens to protest these blocks by wearing a mask and offering materials like banners and flyers for the protest and now it is asking users to file RTIs against public servants to extract information from them, which we are assuming, was fueled by a reply received by The Software Freedom Law Center for its RTI against web censorship, which had revealed that the Vimeo block across few ISPs, was not ordered by Department of Telecommunications (DoT), which we were aware of already.

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With inputs from Aman Rai

Related:

Anonymous India’s June 9th Protests In 16 Cities: What Happened Where
– Anonymous India’s Takedowns Could Be Counterproductive
– Anonymous Defaces More Indian Websites
– Anonymous Hacks Into Reliance Servers; Redirects Users To Warning Page
– Anonymous India Releases Reliance’s Site Block List; Calls For On-Ground Protest On June 9th 2012
– Anonymous Takes Down Websites Of Indian Supreme Court & AICC #IndiaBlocks

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