Modi’s dream of full-time Internet surveillance

Washington Post - 01-08

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NEW DELHI — India is now ground zero in a struggle over the instrument that so enhanced its democracy but now threatens to undermine it: the Internet. In late December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government proposed new rules empowering it to order Internet companies like Facebook and Twitter to remove content from their platforms within 24 hours. The government broadly defines the rules as affecting “intermediaries,” which could potentially mean all Internet-based companies, from social media platforms to search engines to e-commerce platforms. The criticism was swift from Internet giants, who are calling the move a form of censorship and are mounting a legal battle.