Rural india & We in the digital age : P.Sainath

Rural india & We in the digital age.

Freedomfest 2017 Held at MVGR College , Vizainagaram

Swecha in association with the M-GLUG organized FreedomFest 2k17 on 18th,19th February 2017 at MVGR College,Vizanagaram. About 130 students attended the session

FreedomFest 2017

In FreedomFest 2k17, around 130 students participated and had a hands on sessions on Drupal(CMS) and Selenium(Testing Tool)

Swecha demands Order of the District Magistrate banning any criticism on social media on exchange of old currency to be withdrawn immediately

The District Magistrate of Indore has issued an order – Order/2956/RADM/2016, Indore/Date 14/11/2016 under Section 144 – banning any criticism on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc., on exchange of old currency that is “objectionable” or can “cause incitement”. The order is attached here. This, in effect, is a blanket ban on any criticism of the Government on its failure to provide sufficient new notes for the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes that it has demonetised. Clearly, having failed to remonetise the economy and putting the common man to immense hardship, the government now wants to clamp down on all criticism on its failures.

The use of Section 144 for censorship of social media also goes far beyond what the Supreme Court has held in its various judgements. The Supreme       Court, in Madhu Limaye and Anr v. Ved Murti and Ors. ((1970) 3 SCC 746), held that the use of Section 144 is justified only for prevention of public disturbance or violence, and urgency as the only ground for using this section.

We need "FREE Internet" not Balkanized(FreeBasics) Internet...

On December 17, Facebook unleashed a massive campaign trying to win support for its Free Basics platform, which has been the subject of a lot of controversy.This is in the context of the consultation paper put out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, which looks into the issue of differential pricing. The paper stresses the need for ensuring non-discrimination, competitiveness and transparency in data tariffs and asks for recommendations for the same. Rightly fearing that its attempts to monopolize the internet and create a walled garden will be stopped, Facebook is now trying to galvanize the support of its users, many of whom unwittingly signed up in support of Free Basics. This is classic Facebook-style manipulation to garner support of Indians. Over the past few months, Facebook has received a huge amount of criticism for its attempts to wall the internet through Free Basics, which they had originally called Even Mark Zuckerberg's many publicity attempts have not succeeded in resolving the concerns of the Indian technology community and people. This consultation paper by TRAI is a good opportunity to take a firm stand against content providers acting as gatekeepers. It is now essential that we all work together to foil this sort of manipulation by Facebook.

Press Statement on abeyance of guidelines for examination of Computer Related Inventions


The Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) welcomes the decision of the Patent Office, made vide its Order of December 14, 2015, to revoke the Guidelines for Patenting of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs) issued on August 21, 2015.

The Patent Office has stated in its aforementioned order that having received several representations regarding the interpretation and scope of Section 3(k) of Patents Act, it has decided to keep the Guidelines of August 21, 2015, under abeyance till contentious issues are resolved.

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