Panel Discussion on ‘Intermediary Liability & Freedom of Expression in India’
6:00 p.m., 26th March 2014
The Global Network Initiative, Washington DC
Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi
Lecture Room – I | India International Centre Annexe | Joseph Stein Lane, Lodhi Estate, Max Muller Marg | New Delhi
The panel will focus on the Indian legal framework governing Internet platforms, especially with regard to online content and its implications for citizens rights. India has seen significant debate with respect to Internet intermediaries and the balance that should be involved in regulations affecting user-generated content. It has been argued that the current legal framework creates incentives for online intermediaries to take down content even when no substantive notice or legitimate reasons have been offered, and despite the fact that this content may actually be highly relevant for public communication and proper democratic functioning.
The panel will explore these questions in the context of the civil liberties that are key to democracy, especially free expression and privacy. It will draw connections between this ostensibly Internet-related issue, and the traditional media, tohighlight recurring issues and useful perspectives.
– Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, NLU, Delhi
– Jermyn Brooks, Outgoing Independent Chair, Global Network Initiative, Washington DC
– Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
– Siddharth Varadarajan, Journalist & Senior Fellow, Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, New Delhi