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AIPF urges the government to withdraw the rules that aim to regulate online content | India News


NEW DELHI: The All India People’s Forum (AIPF) has written an open letter to union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar, urging them to withdraw the 2021 Intermediate Rules, which aim to regulate online content and regulate social media platforms.
The letter says the new rules are “unconstitutional” as they affect an individual’s right to information. “We must remember that people in general have the right to know in order to participate in participatory development in industrial life and democracy,” the letter reads, adding that digital media and online news platforms have done the same. invaluable. task of “holding the government to account.”
“It now appears that the government seeks to eliminate this ‘irritant’ through the seemingly benign avatar of the Information Technology Rules (Guidelines for intermediaries and Digital Media Code of Ethics) 202,” the letter says.
AIPF was founded in 2015 as a collective backed by the left with the aim of strengthening “democratic values” by supporting popular movements.
The union government notified the Information Technology Rules (Guidelines for intermediaries and Digital Media Code of Ethics), 2021 under the Information Technology Act, 2020, on February 25. Activists condemned the move, noting that the TI Law does not have the legal scope. to regulate digital media. They also called their approval “opaque” and questioned the complete lack of consultation around the new rules, warning that their implementation would lead to “political censorship.”
The executive director of the advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation, Apar Gupta, shared the letter and asked concerned netizens to sign it. The letter also raises concerns about rules that violate an individual’s right to privacy.
“From now on, intermediaries, including Signal and Whatsapp, may be forced to trace the ‘first originator’ of any message, which would require dilution of end-to-end encryption. To meet this requirement, intermediaries should store data, which further weakens users’ privacy. Without end-to-end encryption, we cannot be sure who has access to our messages. This will create an effect where people may be afraid to communicate over communication platforms. instant messaging, “the letter reads.

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