[HOT] India ban on "unofficial maps"

Erin Kilbride erin.kilbride at gmail.com
Fri May 13 04:45:06 UTC 2016


Hi all - really interesting. 

In case this is useful, particularly to those in India:

I work for an NGO that protects/promotes human rights defenders at risk (Front Line Defenders, in Dublin). If you learn of people who are questioned / threatened in relation to mapping or distribution (freedom of expression and information) please let me know as we could assist and campaign around this issue as well. 

Erin

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> On 13 May 2016, at 05:54, Robert Banick <rbanick at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Hey Sajjad — 
> 
> Thanks for the update. Let us know if there’s anything the global HOT community can do to realistically support your campaign. 
> 
> Robert
> 
>> On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 9:13 AM Sajjad Anwar <me at sajjad.in> wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> 
>> Ralph - thanks for bringing this here. A few of us have started a
>> campaign and collecting responses to the ministry to reduce the scope
>> of this bill. You can follow the conversations on
>> http://savethemap.in/
>> 
>> The bill in it's current state is very unlikely to get approved. Will
>> keep you posted.
>> 
>> Cheers,
>> Sajjad
>> (https://twitter.com/geohacker)
>> 
>> On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 12:06 AM, Carissa Brittain
>> <carissa.brittain at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > The article in Geospatial World
>> > (http://geospatialworld.net/Professional/ViewBlog.aspx?id=477) has a link to
>> > the May 5 draft of the bill
>> > (http://www.dst.gov.in/sites/default/files/Draft-NGP-Ver%201%20ammended_05May2016.pdf)
>> > but it doesn't seem to be complete.
>> >
>> > Techdirt's article
>> > (https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160509/09563834390/indias-proposed-geospatial-information-regulation-bill-would-shut-down-most-map-based-services-there.shtml)
>> > seems to have a more complete version:
>> > http://mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mha/files/GeospatialBill_05052016_eve.pdf
>> >
>> > 'Carissa Brittain
>> >
>> > On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 2:21 PM, Ralph Aytoun <ralph.aytoun at ntlworld.com>
>> > wrote:
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> An item for discussion.
>> >> This particular scenario existed when I was working for Philip’s and we
>> >> had to send to India for prior approval, an exact copy of any map of India
>> >> that we would include in any of our atlases. It appears that India is going
>> >> to roll this out further.
>> >>
>> >> Is this something HOT will have to get prior permission for in the event
>> >> of a natural disaster? It certainly appears that way.
>> >>
>> >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36276754
>> >>
>> >> Regards
>> >>
>> >> Ralph Aytoun
>> >>
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