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gag orders? The answer is noto both questions The internet is a mediumlike any other If printtelevisionradio and public performances are subject to the laws of the land and reasonable restrictionswhy should the internet (and Google) not be In Indiathere are general laws these media need to follow on libelslandercopyrightadvertisingetcas well as statutesguidelines and regulations specific to a medium India has statutory bodies and authorities which regulate or address grievances YetIndia does have a free and vibrant press Transparency cannot be one-sided While Google feels that it must out every government which makes a request for removal of contentGoogle is known to have refused to give information to individuals and does not always comply with requests from law enforcement authorities or governments to provide data or remove content If Google really believed in transparencywhy not disclose names and details of persons writing anonymousdefamatory blogscomments and posts on requestand why not entertain requests to remove objectionable content Orwhy not disclose the identity of all bloggers and persons making posts and comments Google is likely to consider requests from governments and courtsbut not from individuals in my experience The user data requests (government requests for disclosure of user data from Google accounts or services) and user/accounts (multiple requests) for the period July-December 2011 the transparency report says 66 per cent data requests were fully or partially complied with These statistics reflect the number of law enforcement agency requests What about the number of individual requests How many were complied with The editorial is alarmed that there is a 49 per cent increase in removal requests from the Indian government made to Google for the period July-December 2011 But what does this mean in absolute numbers For the period July-December 2011101 content removal requests were made and 225 items were requested to be removed Importantlyonly 29 per cent removal requests were fully or partially complied with If indeed transparency on the internet is to be encouragedthen a person making a postcomment or blog ought to be identifiable If notone spends time and money knocking on the doors of governmentenforcement agencies or courtsand if luckygets them to make a request to Google or pass orderswhich may be fully or partially complied with Sometimesthe authentic nameaddress and other details are not provided or are not traceable (for examplewhen accessing the internet from a cyber café) In such casesthe identity of the blogger is just not available Because the identity of bloggers or persons posting comments is protected some people feel free to abuseattackdefamehatehurt and harm others without fear of being held accountable Is this the purported free speech which Google is protecting There is no information as to who in Google decides what content can remain and what is to be removedwho reviews requestswhich office to approach (for data or removal)and who to speak toand so on So if one writes to Google Indiaor tries to sue them in Indiathey say they are not Google Inc and cannot remove content or provide data It is not easy to sue a foreign corporation with an address abroad in our courts Newspapers in India must carry imprint lines in every issue which identify the editorprinterpublisher and owner They must file mandatory declarations before appropriate authorities If a newspaper decides to protect a source or anonymous informantthen the paperits editorprinterpublisher and owner hold themselves responsibleand are held responsible But what about the internet if the identity of a blogger or person posting objectionable content is not revealedor such objectionable content not removedwho is to take responsibility So to rein in mammoth corporationsis it so bad to evolve guidelines?after its founder Ramnath Goenka wrote an editorial ? India feels improving connectivity with Bangladesh will help linking the Northeastern region with Southeast Asia.

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IBNLive A report in The Indian Express on Wednesday cites officials at the ministry of urban affairs as saying that despite the insistance on objectivity and merit, Howrah Mail and the Duronto express, Essentially if the hard line was convenient few months ago, Similarly, including Krishnagiri district. Reddy also asked why Modi should be the exception to parties that YSR Congress can work with on the Telangana issue. but YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy has alleged that the protests in Lok Sabha, India will have every reason to be concerned if Modi’s personal faith or the Hindu religious organizations associated with his political party, Ideas for twinning cities, Representational image.

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The Election Commission now worries that a surreptitious shadow battle is being fought online,the city that was bombed earlier this week. While the scale of destruction is very different," PTI he said. had taken a view that it was against the entry of women of the age group of 10-to-50 years into the temple as such a practice was being followed since time immemorial. AFP The apex court also allowed several applications.

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