Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) launched its country research report titled ‘Limited Access Restricting Expression’ at the YMCA, New Delhi, on December 10, 2015. The launch was followed by a multi-stakeholder consultation on ‘Understanding the Freedom of Expression Online & Offline’. The consultation sought to bring together representatives from various human rights organisations, Internet-advocacy NGOs and government representatives working in India. The report is the outcome of the first year of the IMPACT Project, funded by APC and supported by the European Union.
The report aims to assess the state of specific internet rights online, including freedom of expression, by applying the APC-La Rue Framework, a checklist of indicators developed by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) based on the work and recommendations of Frank La Rue, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression.
The report combines secondary desktop research with primary study methods of a quantitative survey and qualitative interviews with various stakeholders to create a holistic view on the state of the online implications of human rights in India.
At the event, there was a presentation of the summary and findings of the report across six parameters – 1) arbitrary blocking or filtering; 2) criminalisation of legitimate expression; 3) imposition on intermediary liability; 4) right to privacy and data protection; 5) cyber crime & cyber attacks and 6) access & disconnecting users from the internet.
This was followed by breakout sessions with the various stakeholders to identify policy gaps and generate recommendations with the help of a facilitator. The breakout groups will then reconvene to share their findings with the larger body before the close of the session.
For a detailed discussion read our blog http://internetrights.in/igf-2015-the-right-to-protest-online/