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June 8, 2012 / tshrinivasan

Call for Internet Freedom – 4 PM, Saturday, 9 June at Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai

Dear Friends,

The freedom of an internet user is facing serious threats from many quarters – the Ministry of IT, various state governments and the police and now certain major Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) such as Reliance Communications, Airtel and MTNL. Major sites such as Vimeo and various Torrent sites commonly used for exchange of large files are being blocked by these ISP’s, even though no instructions have been issued by the Government.

We have already seen the effect of the IT Rules in which a huge number of requests are now being directed to intermediaries such as Google, Facebook, etc. for taking down statements critical of the Government and political figures. Cases are being instituted by the Police under the IT Act against circulating of cartoons, calling it a cyber-crime. All this shows that our democratic freedoms guaranteed under the constitution are currently under attack. Equally worrying is the tendency of courts to issue blanket orders -called John Doe orders – to protect the Intellectual Property of certain media companies. Reliance Communications, an ISP is acting in the interest of Reliance as a Media company to block a large number of Torrent sites.

Against such actions of the Government and the ISP’s, the Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) has called for peaceful protests across the country[1], and appeals to all democratic minded citizens to participate on the 9th of June 2012. In connection with this the Free Software Foundation, Tamil Nadu (FSFTN) in solidarity with other communities organising a peaceful protest meeting in Chennai.

Time: 4.00 PM – 6.00 PM

Venue: Besant Nagar Beach

In the light of protest calls made by other communities, we feel it is important to discuss about internet freedom and censorship. This is an opportunity for you to know about the rights of an internet user and to contribute your share in upholding the same. Please be present for the same and voice your concerns!

You can know more about Free Software and Internet Freedom from the websites of FSFTN: http://fsftn.org/ and FSMI: http://fsmi.in/.

For details or to participate please contact Arun: 9488000707, Sibi: 9840670143

[1] – http://www.fsmi.in/content/protest-9th-june-internet-freedom

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