Internet Blackout Day protests controversial new law
Centre for Independent Journalism
Tomorrow, 14th August, has been declared Internet Blackout Day by the Centre for Independent Journalism, or CIJ, in conjunction with efforts to get an amendment for a recently introduced law, Article 114A, which as CIJ claims in a statement, to, "...wrongfully presumes the guilt rather than innocence of individuals possessing a webpage or device on which seditious, defamatory, or libelous content is published. Individuals and organizations administering, operating, or providing spaces for online community forums, blogs, or webhosting services are automatically liable for content published through their services, on their devices, or in their name", thus making users liable for anything published in their name, even if their identity was stolen online.
Various sites online will be participating in the Internet Blackout by initially redirecting users to a grey screen before taking them to the usual website, prompting visitors to seek out more information on Article 114A. More information on the protest, and how you can participate, can be found at the official Stop 114A blog here.