India plans to adopt heightened internet censorship

Signal of change / India plans to adopt heightened internet censorship

By Ryan Jones / 26 Mar 2019

The Indian government has proposed increased capabilities for monitoring and controlling their citizens' internet usage. Under the new rules they would have the ability to restrict certain content across tech giants such as Google, TikTok and Facebook, as well as trace messages across international services like Whatsapp. Companies would also be required to create more sophisticated screening tools to restrict Indians from seeing “unlawful information or content”.

So what?

The New York Times in 2017 published a review that found more than 50 countries had recently passed laws to gain greater control over how their citizens use the internet. India’s model could look a lot like China’s own firewall, two world powers utilizing such a strategy would go a long way to normalizing that approach for the rest of the world. In Egypt’s newly planned capital city, relocated two hours outside of Cairo, they have plan to implement a highly sophisticated surveillance systems throughout the city. Other countries with more autocratic rulers such as Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan all have implemented similar systems, but India shows this kind of practice is slowly moving away from the fringes and increasingly implemented into global norms.

Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/technology/india-internet-censorship.html

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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