Wednesday|May 20|6 PM|Talk on Intermediary Liability in the 66 A judgment

You are invited for a talk at ALF titled Intermediary Liability in the Shreya Singhal judgment: Collateral Censorship and Freedom of Expression Norms in India by Chinmayi Arun. Details of the event are as following:

Date: Wednesday, 20th of May, 2015
Time: 6.00 PM
Venue: Alternative Law Forum, 122/4, Infantry Road, Next to Balaji Art Gallery, Bangalore

The Shreya Singhal case did a very effective job in dealing with section 66A of the IT Act. The court’s treatment of the liability of internet intermediaries however suggests that our freedom of expression jurisprudence needs to find ways to deal with collateral censorship of expression. Unlike section 66A which is directed at the speaker or publisher, sections 79 and 69A of the IT Act are directed at telecommunication companies, online platforms (like Facebook or YouTube) and other entities that enable speech to reach a wide audience. As the Internet becomes the most significant medium of communication, it will be important for freedom of expression norms to protect online speech from the effects of the regulation of these intermediaries.

About the Speaker
Chinmayi Arun is Research Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, where she is also a member of the faculty. She is lead author of the India country report in Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report 2014, and of the India case study within the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers research project on the governance of online intermediaries.