MediaNama invites you to apply for a curated #NAMApolicy open house discussion on ‘Online Content Regulation in India’:

Please click here to apply.

Note: You may apply to attend both discussions.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has set up a committee to look into online content regulation, looking into a regulatory framework for (i) online news portals and aggregators infotainment sites, (ii) digital broadcasting/entertainment and media aggregators. This comes at a time when there is growing concern around fake news, and there has been a rapid growth in online content sites in India, apart from increased consumption of content.

While the Internet has supported growth of speech, it is the presence of a safe harbor for platforms, based on the view that platforms are a mere medium of communication of content, that has enabled large amounts of content creation and consumption, of both professional and amateur content. In addition, there is a clear distinction between the restrictions on traditional sources of news and information and entertainment, and those online.

The challenge lies in the prevention of creation, sharing and consumption of illegal content and acts, while still preserving both the freedom to create, consume and share content. The potential impact on the ubiquity of content on the Internet and balkanisation of the open web need to be looked into. The discussion will look at legal and policy issues around online content regulation of news and entertainment, keeping in mind the following.

  • Existing means of regulation: legal, administrative, judicial
  • Is there a need for regulating online content – news and entertainment?
  • Definitional challenges: What is news? Who is a journalist? What is a publication? Who’s a content aggregator, a content creator, a professional content creator and a blog.
  • Who regulates online news/entertainment/aggregators; ; its impact and jurisdictional challenges
  • Self regulatory mechanisms; is it needed? is it helpful? it’s impact on platforms on free speech and media.
  • The impact on user generated content
  • How can the state regulate online news?
  • Defining parameters for regulating online entertainment content
  • How to deal with content regulation requests?
  • Transparency for users
  • Impact of local bias on news and entertainment censorship
  • Role of AI and automation in moderation of news on platforms

We’re looking at an audience of around 100-125 people across:

  • Content publishers and blogs
  • News & content aggregators
  • Online Platforms
  • Journalists
  • Broadcasters
  • Video multi-channel networks
  • Video bloggers & original content creators
  • Production houses
  • Government & Regulatory Executives
  • Members of Parliament and/or their staff
  • Lawyers
  • Policy wonks & Think Tanks

Please click here to apply to attend in Delhi, Mumbai or both cities

This is an invitation-only event and our discussions are participative in nature. In case you fit with our mandate for a curated audience, we’ll send you a confirmation on or before 29th of April 2018 for Delhi, and 6th of May 2018 for Mumbai.

Your contact information will never be shared with anyone outside of MediaNama.

To get a sense of the depth of the discussions at #NAMA events, do check the video highlights of our past discussions.

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