Responsible Data Reflection Stories 8
A collection of real-life examples of the risks that are faced when
using data in advocacy work, along with mitigation strategies to
overcome these challenges.
The case of a public consultation
around “over‑the-top services”
and net neutrality in India.
In April 2015, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) launched a public
consultation around “over-the-top services” and net neutrality in India. In response, a
group of net neutrality activists started a campaign–Save the Internet,1 to mobilise
the public to respond to this consultation, and advocate for net neutrality in India.
The campaign was far-reaching, and managed to engage large groups of people
in caring about net neutrality, through light-hearted posts like “Why does
#SavetheInternet hate free?”,2 and using innovative campaigning tactics like
gathering memes3 for others to use, and funny videos explaining net neutrality.4