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Internet Freedom in India Improves
Dec 15, 2014

India is only partly free with a rank of 30 out of 65 countries in Internet freedom but as of May this year, it has improved its score. The improvement in India’s score, from 47 out of 100 in 2012-13 to 42 out of 100 in 2013-14, is the largest by any country. Among BRICS and South Asian nations, Brazil and South Africa rank better.

In its Freedom on the Net 2014 report, Freedom House, an independent US-based watchdog group, ranked the countries on 21 categories under three broad heads—obstacles to access, limits on content and violations of individuals’ rights.

India improved because of the reduced number of incidents in which ICT (Information Communications Technology) connectivity and access was restricted, the relative transparency in allocation of spectrum; less content blocking and reduced known incidents of physical attacks on internet users for content posted online.

Key Internet controls that existed in India between May 2013 and May 2014 included political, social, and/or religious content being blocked, localised or nationwide shutting down of information communication technology, pro-government commentators manipulating online discussions and Internet or phone users being arrested for political or social writings.

Mass blocks on access like those imposed following the Kokrajhar riots in 2012 did not occur in 2013 but court-imposed blocks increased. Of particular cause for concern in India, along with the Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, is the proposed web filter.

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