Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
3) Discuss whether mandatory linking of Aadhaar to social media accounts violates an individual’s right to privacy, and the balance between intermediary liability and free speech.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article brings out a detailed discussion upon the balance between intermediary liability and free speech in the days of rising use of Internet.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the recent step taken by the government of India to frame rules to regulate social media citing unimaginable disruption to democracy and the growing menace of fake news.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In first explain the step being taken the GOI.
Currently, liabilities of the intermediaries on online content are governed by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules operational from April 2011.
The government now says that they recognise that rules need to be revisited and has initiated a consultation process on framing the revised guidelines.
The government aims to ramp up the regulatory regime considering the ever-growing threats to individual rights and the nation’s integrity, sovereignty, and security.
Explain then the concerns raised by Social Media intermediaries.
Conclude with way forward.