Is Internet really free?

The Internet, it is believed, is vital to democracy, a channel that makes possible a continuous worldwide conversation. Its a veritable global commons where everyone is allowed access. It's the lifeline for brick-and-mortar companies and media outlets. Here writers find an audience, its a channel for music and film buffs, an emporium for photographers and artists. Here critics express their distaste or fondness, and friends separated by continents catch up on gossip. But in recent times, governments, corporations and some of the Net's most successful inhabitants are chipping away at features which made the Net an harbinger of creativity. In India, for instance, there has been a clampdown on some downloading and file sharing sites. Down To Earth invites Net buffs to respond.

Published: Thursday 31 May 2012


Arjun Ghosh
Arjun Ghosh,  Date: June 04, 2012
The state and capital meet their match in digital technology
Janaki Srinivasan
Janaki Srinivasan,  Date: June 02, 2012
Academic research stands much to gain from open digital access
Abhik Majumdar
Abhik Majumdar,  Date: June 01, 2012
In jurisdictions where the law of copyright is much more matured than compared to India, the injunctions are issued very judiciously, and by balancing the interests of all parties concerned-even the anonymous ones
Nishant Shah
Nishant Shah,  Date: May 31, 2012
The battle is not about file sharing and a petty film producer wanting to rake in the box office earnings. It is about the law’s incapacity to deal with post-analogue practices and processes




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