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Focus Page on Internet Censorship in India -- sacw
South Asia some official bodies:



Sri Lanka:
Council for Information Technology

Legal Texts:

Technology Act, 2000

The Official Secrets Act

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance 2002

Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act 2003

Pakistan: Electronic Security Ordinance 2002


Arguments against MNIC

[India] Information Technology Act: Danger of Violation of Civil Rights by Sruti Chaganti

A Chronicle of Media and the State Jeebesh Bagchi

India: The dangers posed by the outdated Official Secrets Act, 1923(10 March 2003)

Guide to Internet Censorship in india

Getting to know you The Internet, privacy and the implications of surveillance -- Jayati Ghosh

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Digital delusions in the South
by Gaurab Raj Upadhaya (August 2002)

Demystifying the IT revolution
review by Praful Bidwai


India - gii

Peoples Union for Civil liberties:

News and Reports on goings on in S. Asia

India's Cyber Cafes Log Customers' Details (Mar 2, 2005)
Internet Content Filtering in India: Variations in Compliance and Accuracy -- Open Net Initiative May 27, 2004

Pakistan: Law being drafted to monitor internet cafes (August 23, 2004)

Media Body Condemns Internet Curbs in Maldives
-- OneWorld.net (Aug 17, 2004)

Lahore, Cameras sought for monitoring plays -- Dawn (August 13, 2004)

India: Sensor in your cellphone
-- Times of India (May 10, 2004)

Pakistan: FBI, Interpol to help FIA against terrorism
-- Khawaja Naseer (June 23, 2004)

India: Army for separate info network in border areas (May 2004)

Hush! Big Brother May Be Listening in Bangladesh -- Sharier Khan (April 22, 2004)

Winning elections made easy Theoretically, it is possible to replace original EVMs with doctored ones --Satinath Choudhary (April 19, 2004)

Cyber Policing on the Rise Across Asia: Report -- Rahul Verma (25 June 2004)

Dumbing Down Democracy: Trends in Internet Regulation, Surveillance and Control in Asia -- James Gomez (11 March 2004)

India: Bombay Plans cyber cafe controls -- BBC (27 January 2004)

The politics of information control Dumbing down the Maldivian atolls --Michael O'Shea and Fareesha Abdulla (November 2003)

India tracks militants using 'Digital-DNA' -- Iftikhar Gilani

Official communique by India's Press Info Bureau on the MNIC ID card project (August 2003) [BTW the ministers name was ID swami]

Stop Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation's censoring -- Isa Daudpota (July 2003)

Pakistan: Islamists want restrictions on cyber cafes (February 2003)

India: Geelani's case --Naunidhi Kaur (December 2002)

Electronic warfare support need of the hour: Adml Shahid (December 31, 2002)

India's Short Message: We C U -- Ashutosh Sinha (Dec 2002)

Update on Indian SMS wiretapping (Dec 18, 2002)

ISPs directed to help govt track e-mails of suspects(July, 2002)

Eyes and ears wide open -- Praveen Swami (May 2000)

Every Mobile/Cell Phone user in India and Pakistan is under Signal Intelligence Periscope

India darkens Dawn --Andrew Leonard (July 1999)

Indian Government Ban of Net Access to Pakistani News Broken (July 5, 1999)

Relevant material from elsewhere

The Surveillance-Industrial Complex
-- Jan Stanley / ACLU (August 2004)

Security threats raise concerns about Bluetooth -- Bob Brewin (May 10, 2004)

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Login
-- Rachel Metz (2004)

Wiretapping the wireless becomes new fed hangup -- Thomas Caywood June 6, 2004

A Tack in the Shoe: Neutralizing and Resisting the New Surveillance -- Gary T. Marx (May 2003)

How US paid for secret files on foreign citizens -- Oliver Burkeman and Jo Tuckman (May 5, 2003)

Impartiality and Responsility -- Veran Matic (2003)


Understanding Internation ICT and Development Discourse -- Merridy Wilson


Information ghettoes: the internet and democratic debate (2001)


The Degradation of Political Identity Under a National Identification System -- Richard Sobel (2002)

A Question of Identity -- BBC, (September 25, 2001)

The Trouble with RFID


Peer-to-Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies

The Technical Surveillance Countermeasures handbook

Wireless Privacy: RFID, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth
-- Simson Garfinkel
ISBN: 0-321-29096-8
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Copyright: 2005
Status: Not Yet Published; Estimated Availability: 04/29/2005

International Links / Resources

Global Internet Liberty Campaign


Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)


European Digital Rights (EDRi)

Surveillance and Society

Echelon Watch

Open discussion forum for biometric technologies

France: Souriez, Vous Etes Filmes

Collectif pour les Libertés Individuelles Face aux Technologies de l'Information


The Anonymizer

Pretty Good Privacy

making wireless stuff invisible to any other wireless stuff or signal

Watch these !

Canadian Communications Security Establishment

Total Information Awareness Program, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense, December 12, 2003