Centre for Communication Governance at NLU Delhi
The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi (CCG) was established in 2013 to ensure that Indian legal education establishments engage more meaningfully with information law and policy, and contribute to improved governance and policy making. CCG is the only academic research centre dedicated to working on the information law and policy in India and in the short span of four years has become a leading centre on information law and policy in Asia. It seeks to embed human rights and good governance within communication policy and protect digital rights in India through rigorous academic research and capacity building.
We engage regularly with government institutions and ministries such as the Law Commission of India, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Law and Justice. We work actively to provide the executive and judiciary with useful research in the course of their decision making.
The Centre authors the Freedom House's annual Freedom on the Net - India Report and organises the South Asia Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition and the Law, Media and Technology Symposium every year.
The Centre periodically organises an International Summer School with the Hans Bredow Institute and the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Communication at the University of Hamburg and the Global Network of Internet and Society Research on contemporary issues of information law and policy. We are the Regional Hub for Berkman Klein's Lumen Database and has built an online information law and policy teaching and learning resource along with PCMLP, University of Oxford at ccgtlr.org.
CCG has built extensive network and routinely works with a range of international academic institutions and policy organisations. These include the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University, Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression and Information Jurisprudence Project, the Hans Bredow Institute at the University of Hamburg, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
Our work has been influential in critical debates in India on issues such as intermediary liability and we assisted in the landmark judgment of Shreya Singhal v. Union of India regarding free speech over the Internet in which the Supreme Court struck down the infamous section 66A of the IT Act. The Centre's report on Online Intermediaries in India which was part of the Berkman Klein led Network of Center's Project on Intermediary Liability was submitted to the Court by the lawyers and was extensively referred by them. The Centre played a critical role in the recent net neutrality debate, where language from its submission was adopted by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its regulations on differential pricing. We also assisted the legal teams in the cases of Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India and Gaurav Sureshbhai Vyas v. State of Gujarat.
The Centre assisted the Law Commission of India in organising its biggest ever public consultation, which discussed the issue of Media Law reforms and members of our staff were consultants with the Law Commission on issues of hate speech and media laws and the electoral reforms report. We have been a part of major global Internet governance processes including the United Nation's General Assembly World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) Review, the World Conference on International Telecommunications and the NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition. Principles from our submission to the UNGA WSIS+10 Review made it into Outcome Document.
The Centre has raised substantial funding since its inception, from various international funding agencies and foundations and government departments including the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India,the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Access Now to support its research and capacity building activities.