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'Regulation of online content a big challenge'

Team DCF | Mumbai

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting organised a two-day seminar at Films Division, Mumbai on Film Certification and Regulation of Online Content. The event was attended by more than 100 stakeholders from the industry where the government called for wide consultations on the regulation of online curated content.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare speaking at the seminar

Speaking at the seminar Bombay High Court Justice Gautam Patel said that the issue of online and digital content is a real challenge. Calling for a closer interaction of all stakeholders including the online content service provider sector, he stated that this will lead to the evolution of a structured, common, discernible and standardized system of self-regulation. He was speaking at the valedictory session of the two-day seminar organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).

Addressing the gathering, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare said that the Ministry is encouraging the widest possible consultations among all stakeholders on regulation of online content. He stated that norms, self-regulation or any other system of regulations on Online Curated Content that is devised should be implementable, widely acceptable and easily enforceable.

FCAT Chairman Retired Chief Justice Manmohan Sarin said that to bring about self regulation is a task which industry players have to sort out for themselves. He added that the certifying authorities should focus on the certification guidelines without getting carried away by their personal biases, views and prejudices.

Participating in the seminar several delegates asked whether technology can be a distinguishable criterion in determining the ambit and nature of regulation. They also raised the technical feasibility of regulating the humongous amount of online curated content and the framework which may be adopted to enforce the same.