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Parliament Watch: Confusing, indirect answers from govt during Week 2

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When the government doesn't want to tell you something, it won't, even if it is the Parliament that's asking. Over the second week of the Parliament’s Monsoon Session, MPs asked the government for data on various subjects  — on the effect of internet shutdowns in Jammu & Kashmir, number of blocked websites, effect of pandemic on startups and so on.  But, the government either didn’t have the required data, or it submitted confusing answers that raised more questions than they answered.  Meanwhile, Tejasvi Surya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Karnataka, called for a radical change that could potentially shake up the entire internet ecosystem in India. He demanded that the safe harbour protections afforded to internet intermediaries like Facebook and Twitter be repealed. He suggested that social media platforms were censoring speech, especially of those with a “nationalist”…

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