Later this week, MediaNama will hold a debate on how the 2021 Information Technology Rules will affect news in India. Tits session will be held online on June 3 (Thursday) at 2:30 pm IST, with a public commissioner of policy makers, lawyers, companies, technology professionals and researchers. Registration for this event will close soon.
Webnyay and the Internet and Society Center we are our community partners for this discussion and MediaNama organizes it with the support of Google.
Agenda and key points of debate:
- Legality of IT standards 2021 from a news regulation and news aggregator perspective.
- Impact on digital news reports, independent media, podcasters and international news aggregators in India.
- Impact of Section 69A on Online News and News Aggregators.
- Impact on international news organizations.
- Impact on social media platforms from a news aggregation perspective.
- Impact of current regulatory construction (FDI, registration, IT standards) on investment in news and current affairs.
- Recommendations for improving computer standards.
- 14:20 – 14:30: entrance
- 14:30 – 15:45: Regulation of the media | Abhinandan Sekhri (Newslaundry), Kawaljit Singh Bedi (NDTV), Koreel Lahiri (Media Development Investment Fund), Manu Sebastian (Live Law) and Nehaa Chaudhari (Ikigai Law)
- 15:45 – 17:00: regulation of news aggregators | Abhishek Malhotra (TMT Act), Gurshabad Grover (Internet and Society Center), Mathew Chacko (Legal Spice Route) and Udbhav Tiwari (Mozilla)
- 17:00 – 17:15: closing comments
Reading list to start:
- Important references
- Information technology rules (intermediation guidelines and digital media code of ethics), 2021 [download]
- Information Technology Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment), 2018 [download]
- Computer standards 2011 [read]
- Summary of computer standards
- Social media intermediaries and platforms [read]
- Publication of digital news [read]
- OTT transmission services [read]
- Main news
- Computer standards 2021: I&B Ministry commissions all digital media entities to provide information within 15 days [read]
- Exclusive: Read the government’s warning about “fake news” on social media companies [read]
- Government advisers warned of new IT rules outside the legal sphere, but were overturned: report [read]
- IT standards 2021: five digital news organizations launch a complaints portal (updated) [read]
- “State governments cannot issue notices to media houses under new digital media rules: I&B Secy [read]
- Exempt Legacy Media Companies news sites from the new rule: DNPA [read]
- The rules go beyond the scope of the main law: Pratidhvani challenges IT rules 2021 before Karnataka HC – Updated [read]
- The 2021 computer rules allow the government to dictate digital news content: Quint’s request [read]
- Delhi High Court issues notice to government over lawsuit challenging 2021 information technology standards – The Wire, Dhanya Rajendran, MK Venu [read]
- Summary: LiveLaw Arguments for Challenging 2021 Information Technology Rules [read]
- Brief: Arguments from the Foundation for Independent Journalism for Challenging the 2021 IT Rules [read]
- Analysis / Opinion
- Computer standards 2021: how online news and current commentators will be affected [read]
- IT standards 2021: how do they affect foreign news and media publications? [read]
- IT Standards 2021: Can the Indian government use section 69 of the IT Act to censor digital media? [read]
- Editors Guild says new IT 2021 rules undermine press freedom [read]
- India’s New Intermediate Liability and Digital Media Regulations Will Harm Mozilla Udbhav Tiwari’s Open Internet [read]
- Responses to the new rules of information technology for social networks, OTT platforms and digital media [read]
- FDI in digital media
- Editorial HT: The limit of FDI in digital media will create a fair field [read]
- All sectors demanded mechanisms for a level playing field: the Ministry of I&B on IT Rules 2021 [read]
- The government publishes “clarifications” on 26% FDI in digital media [read]
- Why New FDI Rules for Digital Media Companies Are Regressive to Internet Space in India [read]
- Amit Khare of I & B Ministry says 26% FDI limit should apply to news aggregators [read]
- Historical / Context
- On the Training of the Digital News Publishers Association: What was the need? [read]
- Neutralize those who write against us: within the government’s plan to manage media perception [read]
- HT Media acquires the VCCircle business news platform [read]
- Do News Websites in India Need Government Approvals? Newslaundry.com files for FDI approval [read]
- I&B Ministry dissipates online content regulation committee; MeitY to intervene [read]
- #NAMApolicy Delhi: regulation of online news content [read]
- #NAMAPolicy Mumbai: Regulating online news content [read]
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