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Sad News Wikipedia might Shut Down In India

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In December 2018, the Indian government proposed changes to its Intermediaries Guidelines that govern how websites in India with more than 5 million users will operate and host content in India. According to the proposed amendments, such intermediaries are required to:

•Set up a permanent registered office in India with a physical address

•Appoint a nodal person of contact for coordination with law enforcement agencies

Amanda Keton, general counsel of Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit group that operates Wikipedia, has written an open letter to the minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, expressing her concerns.

Wikipedia Could Shut Down In India Due To Upcoming Internet Rules
 

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Wikipedia said that this could also limit free expression rights for internet users in the.

"We remain concerned that requirements in the bill will hinder our mission to provide free access to knowledge in India, rather than support it," Keton wrote.

Other nonprofit organizations, including Mozilla and Github, also wrote a joint letter saying that the upcoming rules “would significantly expand surveillance requirements on internet services”

Wiki flags worries on data law - ET Telecom
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