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Common Cause and many renowned citizens have filed a PIL challenging the arbitrary appointments of India's new Central Vigilance Commissioner and the Vigilance Commissioner as illegal and void, and violative of the principles of 'impeccable integrity' and 'institutional integrity' laid down by the Apex Court in the landmark Vineet Narain Vs Union of India case of 1998.

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Jan 30, 2019
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Countering Fake News During Elections

Jan 30, 2019
COUNTERING FAKE NEWS DURING ELECTIONS Strict Regulations, with Stricter Compliance, is the Key Come elections and the season’s flavour is fake news! The news we all use at our own peril, sometimes knowingly, but the damage is done before the realisation dawns. Elections are about citizens making informed choices and fake news is about queering that deal. Fake news is not always false news. It is an artifice, a clever construct, which comes with elements of disinformation, misinfor... Read More
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Trolls Settle Scores

Jan 30, 2019
Author: KV Lakshmana
     A COWARD’S POLITICAL WEAPON              Troll Armies Go on Settling Scores Trolling, a close cousin of Fake News has emerged as an effective tool of digital assassination for political and non-political entities alike. These digital attacks have no boundaries and can be launched from anywhere against anyone. In this article, KV Lakshmana tracks how the reigning political party, BJP effectively used this tool during the last Lok ... Read More
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Anatomy of Fake News

Jan 30, 2019
          THE ANATOMY OF FAKE NEWS         How to Understand and Combat Misinformation? The term Fake News has for better part of the last couple of years become a by-word for propaganda, electoral manipulation and a key cog of alt-right political tactics across the world (Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump to name two). In this dangerous regime of misinformation when the possibilities of democratic processes being undermined are at an all-time hi... Read More
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Online Freedom: At What Price ?

Jan 30, 2019
Author: Anshi Beohar
THE HIGH PRICE FOR ONLINE FREEDOM       The Role of Rights, Realities and the Law The use of Internet is a daily ritual for most of us. For many, the internet serves as an enabler helping one to engage with oneself as well as with multiple voices of the world at large. As the democratising potential of this resource is immense, it is likely that state entities will step in to prevent its misuse. However, the issue of where the line is drawn regarding its use and misuse an... Read More
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Making Sense of Media Lies

Jan 31, 2019
          MAKING SENSE OF MEDIA LIES Deconstructing Fake News to Understand its Genesis Often the prosumer (producer who also is the consumer and vice versa) market culture of social media platforms, along with their lack of strong editorial policies, are held responsible for the misinformation epidemic. Though the role of social media in spreading the misinformation is quite evident, this doesn’t mean traditional media is completely innocent and one should n... Read More
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Right to Education: A Reality

Jan 31, 2019
MAKING THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT A REALITY SMC Meetings of Common Cause Common Cause Team Common Cause launched its ambitious booklet in Hindi ‘Humara School, Humari Rakhwali,’ in July, 2018, aimed at empowering the members of the School Management Committees (SMCs) to improve community participation in the running of schools, particularly in slums and urban villages. This exercise was undertaken to make SMCs equal partners in school development and to strengthen the han... Read More
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FACT-CHECKERS ON THE WEB

Jan 31, 2019
         FACT-CHECKERS ON THE WEB                Social Media Warriors Have Arrived In India, in 2018 alone, at least 25 people have been lynched or beaten to death over a fake WhatsApp message. Growing internet penetration, low level of media literacy and rapidly decreasing credibility of traditional media have compounded the problem, triggering the process of ‘fact-checking.’ In an era when distrust of politicia... Read More
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Annual General Meeting Notice

Jan 31, 2019
NOTICE FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING To, All members of COMMON CAUSE SOCIETY The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of COMMON CAUSE Society will be held at 3rd Floor, Common Cause House, 5, Institutional Area, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070, on Saturday, 2nd March 2019 at 11.00 A.M. The agenda will be as follows: Consideration of Annual Report and adoption of the Annual Accounts along with the Auditors’ Report for the year 2017-18 Appointment of Auditors for th... Read More
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Annual Report

Jan 31, 2019
                      COMMON CAUSE  ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2017-18 In the last one year, several initiatives by team Common Cause have evoked enthusiastic responses from activists, institutions, civil society, courts and citizens. The society’s PILs and advocacy efforts were supplemented by the launch of the Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR 2018). The SPIR was hailed by the stakeholders and it received extensive ... Read More
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