We know it seems like all we’ve been talking about lately is the draft Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022— and for good reason! This Bill may bring with it changes that will impact every single Indian internet user, and these changes are most definitely not good. The Department of Telecommunications has invited comments on the Telecom Bill till 20 October 2022, which means that we have an important opportunity to register our criticisms and concerns with the Government!
Public engagement and advocacy are a big part of the work that we do at IFF, and in the days since the draft Telecom Bill was announced, our staffers have been on an outreach spree, publishing 5 op-eds in various leading media outlets.
So, compiled here for your reading pleasure (or more accurately, your displeasure, considering how bad the draft Telecom Bill is), all our op-eds on the draft Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022 and the need for a new telecom framework:
In 2022, we get that 1885 feeling: Draft telecommunication bill borrows too much of the colonial law it seeks to replace, Apar Gupta for The Times of India
Letting go of a chance to democratise telecom services, Anushka Jain and Tejasi Panjiar for The Hindu
Letting go of a chance to democratise telecom services - The Hindu
New India Telecom Bill, same old concerns, Anandita Mishra for Context (New India Telecom Bill, same old concerns | Context),
Inching towards an Orwellian state: How the new draft telecom bill legally sanctions surveillance without safeguards, Tanmay Singh and Krishnesh Bapat for The Indian Express
Inching towards an Orwellian state: How the new draft telecom bill legally sanctions surveillance without safeguards | The Indian Express
दूरसंचार बिल से बढ़ सकती है इंटरनेटबंदी, Tanmay Singh for दैनिक भास्कर
दूरसंचार बिल से बढ़ सकती है इंटरनेटबंदी by Tanmay Singh.pdf - Google Drive
Comments on the draft Telecom Bill can be sent to [email protected] till 20 October 2022. (un)Happy reading!