The Legal Aid and Awareness Committee [“LAAC”] in the months of February and March 2020 collaborated with the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore [“CIS”] to conduct field research for a project undertaken by the Centre. CIS is a non-profit organization that undertakes interdisciplinary research on the Internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives. The project aimed at understanding the impact of digital space’s curtailment and how it affected the vibrancy of the discourse engaged in by civil society organizations, in the state of Rajasthan. The committee assisted CIS in identifying the organizations and individuals who have been affected by the incessant Internet shutdowns in the city, majorly in the past two years. The field research and interviews mainly focused on digital rights and censorship. A diverse set of stakeholders, who were affected due to the Internet shutdowns, were identified and their response was recorded. The Committee also contacted Advocates Pravin Vyas and Nitin Golkani, who represented a Jodhpur resident, who had filed a petition in the Rajasthan high court with regards to the constant Internet shutdown. In the month of March, two members from CIS, (Matam and Mira), came to Jodhpur and interviewed various contacts listed by the committee like the office of Dainik Bhaskar Newspaper, Advocate at High Court, RTE office, District Magistrate office and E-mitra. Our committee members Rajesh Ranjan, Pragyansh Nigam, Jasmine Valmiki and Tisha Gupta accompanied them in these respective places. This was an enriching experience for the committee as it got to expand its wings in a completely new space.

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