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Agenda & Reading List - IT Rules 2021 & News, June 3

Later this week, MediaNama is hosting a discussion on how the Information Technology Rules 2021 will impact news in India. This session will be held online on June 3 (Thursday), at 2:30 pm IST, with a curated audience of policymakers, lawyers, businesses, technology professionals, and researchers. Registrations for this event will close shortly.

Webnyay and the Centre for Internet & Society are our community partners for this discussion, and MediaNama is hosting this with support from Google.

Agenda & key discussion points:

  • Legality of IT Rules 2021 from a regulation of news and news aggregators perspective.
  • Impact on digital news reporting, independent media, podcasters and international news aggregators in India.
  • Impact of Section 69A on online news and news aggregators.
  • Impact on international news organisations.
  • Impact on social media platforms from a news aggregation perspective.
  • Impact that the current regulatory construct (FDI, registration, IT Rules) has on investment in news and current affairs.
  • Recommendations for improvement of the IT Rules.

Session schedule:

  • 2:20 – 2:30 PM: Check-in
  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM: Regulation of News Media | Abhinandan Sekhri (Newslaundry), Kawaljit Singh Bedi (NDTV), Koreel Lahiri (Media Development Investment Fund), Manu Sebastian (Live Law) and Nehaa Chaudhari (Ikigai Law)
  • 3:45 – 5:00 PM: Regulation of News Aggregators | Abhishek Malhotra (TMT Law), Gurshabad Grover (Centre for Internet & Society), Mathew Chacko (Spice Route Legal) and Udbhav Tiwari (Mozilla)
  • 5:00 – 5:15 PM: Closing comments

Reading list to get your started:

  • Important references
    • The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 [download]
    • The Information Technology Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment), 2018 [download]
    • IT Rules 2011 [read]
  • Summary of the IT Rules
    • Intermediaries And Social Media Platforms [read]
    • Digital News Publishing [read]
    • OTT Streaming Services [read]
  • Key developments
    • IT Rules 2021: I&B Ministry directs all digital media entities to furnish information within 15 days [read]
    • Exclusive: Read the government’s “fake news” advisory to social media companies [read]
    • Govt advisers warned new IT Rules beyond scope of law, but were overruled: Report [read
    • IT Rules 2021: Five digital news organisations launch grievance portal (Updated) [read]
    • ‘State governments can’t issue notices to media houses under new digital media rules: I&B Secy [read]
    • Exempt Legacy Media Companies’ news sites from new rule: DNPA [read]
  • Lawsuits
    • Rules go beyond scope of parent Act: Pratidhvani challenges IT Rules 2021 before Karnataka HC – Updated [read]
    • IT Rules 2021 enable govt to dictate digital news content: The Quint’s petition [read]
    • Delhi High Court issues notice to government on plea challenging Information Technology Rules 2021 – The Wire, Dhanya Rajendran, MK Venu [read]
    • Brief: Arguments made by LiveLaw in plea challenging Information Technology Rules 2021 [read]
    • Brief: Arguments made by Foundation for Independent Journalism in plea challenging IT Rules 2021 [read]
  • Analysis / Opinion
    • IT Rules 2021: How online news and current affairs commentators will be impacted [read]
    • IT Rules 2021: How Are Foreign News and Media Publications Impacted? [read
    • IT Rules 2021: Can The Indian Government Use Section 69 Of IT Act To Censor Digital Media? [read]
    • Editors Guild says new IT Rules 2021 undermine press freedom [read]
    • India’s New Intermediary Liability And Digital Media Regulations Will Harm The Open Internet, by Mozilla’s Udbhav Tiwari [read]
    • Responses To New Information Technology Rules For Social Media, OTT Platforms And Digital News Media [read]
  • FDI in Digital Media
    • HT Editorial: The FDI cap in digital media will create an equitable field [read]
    • All sectors demanded mechanism for level playing field: I&B Ministry on IT Rules 2021 [read]
    • Govt publishes ‘clarification’ on 26% FDI in digital news media [read]
    • Why new FDI rules for digital media companies are regressive for the internet space in India [read]
    • I&B Ministry’s Amit Khare says 26% FDI limit should apply to news aggregators [read]
  • Historical/Context
    • On the formation of the Digital News Publishers Association: What was the need? [read]
    • Neutralise those writing against us’: Inside the govt’s plan to manage media perception [read]
    • HT Media acquires business news platform VCCircle [read]
    • Do news websites in India need government approvals? Newslaundry.com files for FDI approval [read]
    • I&B Ministry disbands online content regulation committee; MeitY to step in [read
    • #NAMApolicy Delhi: Regulation of Online News Content [read]
    • #NAMAPolicy Mumbai: Regulation of Online News Content [read]

Don’t forget to register to attend, this discussion is open for select invitees only. MediaNama’s subscribers get priority access to our discussions.


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