We have over 165 people confirmed for our #NAMApolicy discussion in Delhi on Online Content Regulation, the 3rd of May 2018, at “Gulmohar” at the India Habitat Centre. Registrations are still open for Mumbai, at Hilton Mumbai International Airport, on the 10th of May 2018, here. These events are being organised with support from STAR India, Amazon and Google.

A reading list for our event

Regulation of online content is an exhaustive and complex topic, fraught with the risk of controlling free speech, and the democratic perils of controlling both a free press and artistic expression, in a manner that can change the future of countries, and create national-level filter-bubbles, apart from balkanising the Internet. But these are troubled times, and states are learning to deal with the weaponisation of the Internet in a manner that threatens democratic process like never before.

An initial list to consider, is below. In case you’d like to recommend links for this list, please feel free to email me links at nikhil@medianama.com.

The content regulation environment

  • As India looks to regulate Internet content, some issues to consider. READ
  • Regulation of media in India – A brief overview – READ
  • Rebalancing Regulation of Speech: Hyper-Local Content on Global Web-Based Platforms – READ
  • The ‘Magna Carta’ of Cyberspace Turns 20: An Interview With the ACLU Lawyer Who Helped Save the Internet – READ
  • Can the Internet be regulated? – The Australian Parliament – READ
  • Regulating Internet Content: Challenges and Opportunities – READ
  • The secret rules of the internet – READ
  • Can one country tell the world what it can and can’t see online? – READ
  • Can Indian media self regulate? – READ
  • The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade, by Lee Rainie, Pew Internet – READ
  • The new governors: The people, rules, and processes governing online speech – READ
  • Is Social Media Good or Bad for Democracy? READ: 1, 2, 3

Platforms, censorship, takedowns and content

  • How YouTube’s content ID works – READ
  • Facebook’s detailed community standards – READ
  • ‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth – READ
  • #PornBan: “We don’t want to do moral policing” says Govt of India – READ
  • Indians flagged more Youtube videos than users from any other country – READ
  • “Difficult Chasing People On The Net” – Saregama MD Apurv Nagpal On Mobile, ISP Liability, Torrents – READ
  • Online streaming services face ‘30% made in Europe’ law – READ
  • Streaming services censor themselves in India, even though they don’t need to – READ
  • Amazon releases Lipstick Under My Burkha uncensored — here’s what it should do next – READ
  • A Selective Timeline of the Internet and Censorship – READ
  • TRAI plans consultation for regulation of Internet apps and sites in India; Our Take – READ
  • The Chinese Language as a Weapon: How China’s Netizens Fight Censorship – READ
  • Germany is silencing “hate speech”, but cannot define it – READ
  • Supreme Court rules Section 66A unconstitutional; says govts come and go, the law persists – READ
  • Film board to filmmakers: You shall not upload censored film content online – READ

Content regulation framework

  • Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – Content regulation in the digital age request for submissions – READ
  • Submission by Ranking Digital Rights – READ
  • Submission by Access Now – READ
  • Submission by Association for Progressive Communications – READ
  • Submission by Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan – READ
  • Submission by Global Partners Digital – READ