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Old January 3rd, 2009, 08:07 PM
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While most of the media and internet accessing folks were busy with the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, a law was passed by the Lok Sabha.

If the amendments to the Indian Information Technology Act passed by the Lok Sabha are passed by Rajya Sabha then internet users from India are going to face restrictions and censorship akin to a police state.


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India Sleepwalks To Total Surveillance
By Binu Karunakaran
02 January, 2009
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It wasn't tough for a protagonist in a Kundera novel to figure out if he/she were living in a police state. Looking out of the apartment window they could see agents of the state keeping a watch over them from a car parked in the street round the corner. Sometimes shady characters broke in and rummaged through shelves looking for letters or diary notes. Their phones were wiretapped and there was absolutely no way of knowing if the friend they met for a drink last night was an informer or not.
It was our age of innocence and Kafka wasn’t thought to be a realist. Under repressive regimes people lived in constant fear, but the terror they felt and the machinery that enforced it was tangible.


Not any more. We live in a time when information about our personal lives and behaviour are being gathered, stored and shared by governments and multinational corporations on a scale that no one ever thought was humanly possible.


In the name of fighting terrorism governments across the world have been creating new regulations that infinitely augment the state power of surveillance with no meaningful public or parliamentary debate.


The Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2006 passed by the Indian Parliament recently allows the government to intercept messages from mobile phones, computers and other communication devices to investigate any offence. Not just cognizable offence, the kind you witnessed in Mumbai 26/11, but any offence.


Any email you send, any message you text are now open to the prying eyes of the government. So are the contents of your computer you surfed in the privacy of your home.


Around 45 amendments have been made to the original Act, which now treats both publishers of online pornography and its consumers on equal footing. A law so sweeping in its powers that it allows a police officer in the rank of a sub-inspector to walk in or break in to the privacy of your home and see if you were surfing porn or not. It’s the personal morality of the official that will decide whether the picture/content you were looking at was lascivious or appeals to prurient interest.


The amended Act also grants the state absolute power to block access to any website in the national interest. In short a total gag and surveillance act that doesn’t set any limits for law enforcers, or have inbuilt safeguards against misuse.


And if writing abstract legal language with hues of victorian morality can be considered an art form the architects of the new IT Act are nothing less than artists.

Thou shall not author a joke. Not even forward one
Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device, — (a) any content that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or (b) any content which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will... shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and with fine.

Thou shall not surf Bollywood news
Whoever publishes/ transmits/ causes to be published/ transmitted in the electronic form, any material which is lascivious or appeals to the prurient interest or if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it, shall be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either prescription for a term which may extend to two years and with fine which may extend to five lakh rupees and in the event of second or subsequent conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years and also with fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees.

Thou shall not watch porn

If the material is sexually explicit act or conduct then the punishment on first conviction is imprisonment which may extend to five years and a fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees. In the event of second or subsequent conviction imprisonment may extend to seven years and fine to ten lakh rupees.


But one has to admit that there is concern on part of the government on what could be the impact of the law on art and literature. So section 67 does not extend to any book, pamphlet, paper, writing, drawing, painting, representation or figure in electronic form, provided it is in the interest of science, literature, art or learning or religion. That means M.F Hussein can't be framed under IT Act anymore, and that photos and videos are not considered art.


‘So what?’ is the familiar rhetoric. Why fear if you've got nothing to hide? Why should law abiding citizens be bothered about some 'inevitable invasion' into privacy in the wake of increasing terror attacks? After all the perpetrators of terror are known to use Internet and other modern communication tools to plan and execute deadly strikes like that happened in Mumbai.


There is only one answer and it is a Thomas Jefferson quote: Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.



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India’s Information Technology (Amendment) Bill Passed By Lok Sabha

By Nikhil Pahwa ⋅ December 23, 2008 Post a Comment Email This Post Print This Post
The lower house of the Indian Parliament - the Lok Sabha - yesterday, hurriedly passed the Information Technology (Amendment) Bill without a debate; the melee in the Lok Sabha centered around political oneupmanship, rather than legislation. According to media reports, the law allows:
– Interception of messages from mobile phones, computers and other communication devices
– Blocking of websites in the interest of national security
– Measures to tackle cyber crime: fraud, phishing, terrorism, pornography
– The setting up of a Cyber Appellate Tribunal
We’re trying to locate an updated version of the bill; here’s a copy of the THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2006 (via PRS India), and a copy of the Standing Committee report on the IT (Amendment) Bill, 2006.
We’ll update with more on the specifics of the IT Act; we’re looking, in particular, for the following:
– Interception of person-to-person communication, and the situations under which the government may be allowed to do the same
– Incorporation of a “Safe Harbor” provision, like the one that exists in the DMCA. This will free platform service providers like YouTube from the liability that accrues from users who upload infringing content.
– Liability in case of copyrighted transfer of data via P2P - with the person downloading, uploading or both?
– Provisions for blocking of websites: The Indian government did try to block access to certain websites two years ago. My views on the same: How Can A Few People Decide What We View Online? and Uncert-in Reasoning.
Note: the Rajya Sabha is going to take up the bill today, and if passed, it will be made into a law.


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Re: India internet users to face strict censorship and restrictions

Thou shall not watch porn
If the material is sexually explicit act or conduct then the punishment on first conviction is imprisonment which may extend to five years and a fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees. In the event of second or subsequent conviction imprisonment may extend to seven years and fine to ten lakh rupees.

This is wrong. Foreign Porn should be allowed and freely promoted. I agree Porn movies should not be produced in India but imported. I liked the system in Israiel where you can watch a porn movie after paying. Porn helps in following:

1) Reduces impulsive Rapes.More saftey for Women.

2) You can watch people behaving as animals in XXX Porns and satisfy your wildest fantacies.

3) You don't end up converting your wildest fantacies in to real,because real can't be made as wild as Porn movie which is shot with a script and in shifts.

4) Impulsive sex like one with Maids and one night stands could be prevented. Porn will help saving lot of marriages.

5) Small time sexual harassments like "Boob pressing", "Bottom Pinching" etc will be minimized as Wild Porn movies will make these desperate acts appear utter fruitless.

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Re: India internet users to face strict censorship and restrictions

We are the biggest hypocrite nation on the planet - we invented Kamasutra and yet we shy away from sex. Porn, if stopped by some sort of filtering so that young children cannot get it accidentally is perfectly normal. But this kind of censorship and then invasion of privacy is akin to the Arab totalitarian states in the Middle East.
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Thou shall not watch porn
If the material is sexually explicit act or conduct then the punishment on first conviction is imprisonment which may extend to five years and a fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees. In the event of second or subsequent conviction imprisonment may extend to seven years and fine to ten lakh rupees.

This is wrong. Foreign Porn should be allowed and freely promoted. I agree Porn movies should not be produced in India but imported. I liked the system in Israiel where you can watch a porn movie after paying. Porn helps in following:

1) Reduces impulsive Rapes.More saftey for Women.

2) You can watch people behaving as animals in XXX Porns and satisfy your wildest fantacies.

3) You don't end up converting your wildest fantacies in to real,because real can't be made as wild as Porn movie which is shot with a script and in shifts.

4) Impulsive sex like one with Maids and one night stands could be prevented. Porn will help saving lot of marriages.

5) Small time sexual harassments like "Boob pressing", "Bottom Pinching" etc will be minimized as Wild Porn movies will make these desperate acts appear utter fruitless.

thanks to porn many men can jerk off at home arram se...if they dont find good porn they would roam on streets raping women...if they do not have enough money to pay whores
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We are the biggest hypocrite nation on the planet - we invented Kamasutra and yet we shy away from sex. Porn, if stopped by some sort of filtering so that young children cannot get it accidentally is perfectly normal. But this kind of censorship and then invasion of privacy is akin to the Arab totalitarian states in the Middle East.

we are also good with computers.Indians will somehow find out a way to break up this stuff
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One more law in favour of the police and authorities to fleece money from the people as bribe
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thanks to porn many men can jerk off at home arram se...if they dont find good porn they would roam on streets raping women...if they do not have enough money to pay whores
Also Freely Available Porn movies will prevent young people from falling in Rajesh Khanna/Rajendra Kumar kind of self destructive One Sided Love . Some times these one sided love stories result in stupid and violent things which are painful for every one like "Suicides", "Murders","Acid Throwing on the face of Girls" .

Porn movies will put some practicality in minds of these Romancs and Cupid Smitten One Sided Lovers. recently there was a very bad "Acid Throwing" incident in Warrangal in Andhra Pradesh which could have been avoided if Porn was available freely. and the Enginerring Student's seniors have taught the Student on how to use Watching Porn to quell his one sided love.

IIT's have many one sided love stories and 99% failures but none ever resulted in sad incidents becase of IItian;s special love for Porn an dusing it as psychological tool.

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Re: India internet users to face strict censorship and restrictions

Now, what the hell is our Government going to get from this ?

Our government has no work to do other then restricting people doing what they want. This can't be called as democracy.
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