Statement on Indore Magistrates ban order

The District Magistrate of Indore has issued an order – Order/2956/RADM/2016, Indore/Date 14/11/2016 under Section 144 – banning any criticism on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.,on exchange of old currency that is “objectionable” or can “cause incitement”. The order is attached here. This, in effect, is a blanket ban on any criticism of the Government on its failure to provide sufficient new notes for the old Rs. 500...

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Press statement on Free Basics issue

Facebook has launched a massive campaign in support of Free Basics program – which is a re­branded version of the infamous internet.org. The entire Free Basics fiasco is because the government is abdicating its responsibility of ensuring that the Internet remains a public utility. It has become essential for us (FSMK­FSMI) to focus our energy on coming up with a credible alternative as different corporations and the different avatars of their...

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Press Statement on abeyance of guidelines for examination of Computer Related Inventions

The Free Software Movement of India (FSMI) welcomes the decision of the Patent Office, made vide its Order of December 14, 2015, to revoke the Guidelines for Patenting of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs) issued on August 21, 2015.

The Patent Office has stated in its aforementioned order that having received several representations regarding the interpretation and scope of Section 3(k) of Patents Act, it has decided to keep the...

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Airtel 3G Script Injection

We as a community are shocked to see the response, an Israeli company, Flash Networks, purporting to be the creators of the software developed for Airtel's use also, has issued a 'Cease and Desist' notice, that threatens civil and criminal action against the Bangalore based developer Thejesh GN.

FSMI appeals to all other groups working on net neutrality to oppose Airtel and Flash Networks illegal actions and share this...

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FSMK's solidarity with Thejesh GN

Free Software Movement Karnataka(FSMK) expresses its deep anguish at the turn of events surrounding fellow hacktivst Thejesh GN, who exposed Airtel and its shady means of pursuing profits. While we do not condone the act of publishing proprietary code on Github, weheartily congratulate and salute the spirit of investigation and greater good in what Thejeshwas trying to do.

The issue brings face-to-face with the unfortunate combination...

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Pass a law to ensure net neutrality as Internet is a public utility and not private property

Airtel India, one of the leading mobile and Internet providers in the country recently announced that it will charge pre paid mobile customers more for using certain over the top services – starting off with VoIP services (such as Skype and Viber). The costs are in the range of Rs. 16 per minute of Skype, a huge cost to those users who access the Internet through the mobile route. 

The implications of this move are clear – Airtel has...

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FSMI statement on blocking of GitHub and other sites

Over the last few days, there have been reports that internet users in India are not able to access services like GitHub, PasteBin and Imgur. It is now increasingly becoming clear that these sites have been blocked by the ISPs (Internet Service Providers), with no explanation given. One ISP claims that these sites have been blocked as per the instructions of Competent Authority.
No mention of who the Competent Authority is nor the...

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FSMK Press note on the Recent Raids by Software Companies

Free Software Movement of Karnataka, has released a press note expressing regret on the Software raids conducted on the small scale vendors/users in the name of violation of copy right laws.
FSMK appeals to small scale vendors who are dependent on these soft wares for their livelihood to not panic, as there are a number of "Free Software" alternatives for the proprietary software being used.
FSMK assures that its hundreds of free...

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