The popular website, Wikipedia has joined hands with other major internet platforms to ask the Indian government to reconsider the recent changes they had proposed in India’s internet laws. The Wikimedia runs the famous online encyclopedia Wikipedia. The letters filed by Amanda Keton, the general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation and by the union minister of electronics and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad suggests that the proposed changes in the internet laws would directly impact the open usage and editing model of Wikipedia. The financial and logistical implications of the current changes in internet laws will be complicated. The letter says that implementation of such changes as new rules will directly lead to the failure of Wikipedia to continue to be accessible in India, however it is not clarified majorly.
A set of changes in the intermediary rules of the Indian internet laws has been introduced by the Indian government in December 2018. In view of the recent changes, an intermediary app is defined by the government that grounds more than 5 million users on its platform. These new apps and services under these new rules would be required to establish a local office anywhere inside the country and they need to recruit at least one senior employee who will take the responsibility for any legal issue arising out the content published on the platform.
Under these new proposed rules, the responsibility for the illegally, wrong or willfully misinformative content will rest in the hands of the person who posts it and then the role of the company’s representative will come into play. it further states that the technology company has more than 5 million users who will take responsibility for all their published content and they will be liable to remove any information or content on their websites if it is found deceptive or illegal by the supervised automation model.
Wikipedia has over more than 771 million users in India. There is no second thought that rolling back their service form the internet platform for the Indian users, which comes on the number one position whenever a user searches anything over the internet, would lead to hampering the right of information. it will be worth seeing how the Indian government would deal with such reaction from the major internet giants that suggest tweaking the newly proposed internet laws to maintain a healthy ecosystem.