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Blog Entry Breaking Down Section 66A of the IT Act
by Pranesh Prakash published Nov 25, 2012 last modified Dec 14, 2012 09:51 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which prescribes 'punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.' is widely held by lawyers and legal academics to be unconstitutional. In this post Pranesh Prakash explores why that section is unconstitutional, how it came to be, the state of the law elsewhere, and how we can move forward.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Whose Change is it Anyway?
by Nishant Shah published Jun 18, 2013 last modified Apr 17, 2015 10:56 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
This thought piece is an attempt to reflect critically on existing practices of “making change” and its implications for the future of citizen action in information and network societies. It observes that change is constantly and explicitly invoked at different stages in research, practice, and policy in relation to digital technologies, citizen action, and network societies.
Located in Digital Natives / Blog
Blog Entry List of Recommendations on the Aadhaar Bill, 2016 - Letter Submitted to the Members of Parliament
by Amber Sinha, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Sunil Abraham, and Vanya Rakesh published Mar 16, 2016 last modified Mar 21, 2016 08:50 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
On Friday, March 11, the Lok Sabha passed the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016. The Bill was introduced as a money bill and there was no public consultation to evaluate the provisions therein even though there are very serious ramifications for the Right to Privacy and the Right to Association and Assembly. Based on these concerns, and numerous others, we submitted an initial list of recommendations to the Members of Parliaments to highlight the aspects of the Bill that require immediate attention.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Open Letter to PM Modi on Intellectual Property Rights issues on His Visit to the United States of America in September, 2015
by Pranesh Prakash and Nehaa Chaudhari published Sep 23, 2015 last modified Sep 25, 2015 06:43 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This is an open letter by CIS to the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in light of his impending visit to the USA. This letter asks the Prime Minister to urge the USA to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty; and asks that India not be a party to TPP negotiations, in light of recent reports on a study encouraging India to join the TPP.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry White Paper on RTI and Privacy V1.2
by Vipul Kharbanda published Nov 09, 2014 — filed under: , , ,
This white paper explores the relationship between privacy and transparency in the context of the right to information in India. Analysing pertinent case law and legislation - the paper highlights how the courts and the law in India address questions of transparency vs. privacy.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Big Data and Positive Social Change in the Developing World: A White Paper for Practitioners and Researchers
by Nishant Shah published Oct 01, 2014 — filed under: , , , , ,
I was a part of a working group writing a white paper on big data and social change, over the last six months. This white paper was produced by a group of activists, researchers and data experts who met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre to discuss the question of whether, and how, big data is becoming a resource for positive social change in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Analysis of Aadhaar Act in the Context of A.P. Shah Committee Principles
by Vipul Kharbanda published Mar 17, 2016 last modified Mar 17, 2016 07:43 PM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
Whilst there are a number of controversies relating to the Aadhaar Act including the fact that it was introduced in a manner so as to circumvent the majority of the opposition in the upper house of the Parliament and that it was rushed through the Lok Sabha in a mere eight days, in this paper we shall discuss the substantial aspects of the Act in relation to privacy concerns which have been raised by a number of experts. In October 2012, the Group of Experts on Privacy constituted by the Planning Commission under the chairmanship of Justice AP Shah Committee submitted its report which listed nine principles of privacy which all legislations, especially those dealing with personal should adhere to. In this paper, we shall discuss how the Aadhaar Act fares vis-à-vis these nine principles.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry DeitY says 143 URLs have been Blocked in 2015; Procedure for Blocking Content Remains Opaque and in Urgent Need of Transparency Measures
by Jyoti Panday published Apr 29, 2015 last modified Apr 30, 2015 07:37 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Across India on 30 December 2014, following an order issued by the Department of Telecom (DOT), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) blocked 32 websites including Vimeo, Dailymotion, GitHub and Pastebin.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Inclusive Financial Services - Global Trends in Accessibility Requirements
by Nirmita Narasimhan published May 03, 2015 — filed under: , ,
Inclusive Financial Services is a G3ict White Paper researched in cooperation with the Centre for Internet and Society. The research paper comprises a Foreword and Introduction, four chapters — Barriers to Access for Persons with Disabilities and Diverse Abilities, International Framework, Integrating Accessibility into the System, and State of Practice - Impact of the Convention on Inclusive Finance and Accessibility Efforts around the Globe.
Located in Accessibility / Blog
Blog Entry 2015 USTR Report: Old Wine in New Bottle
by Anubha Sinha published May 11, 2015 last modified Jun 16, 2015 10:24 AM — filed under: , , ,
Every year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) undertakes an elaborate exercise to castigate countries' domestic intellectual property (IP) law and policy. The criticisms and recommendations are presented in a document called the Special 301 Report. This year's edition puts India on the Priority Watch List for the twenty-sixth time in a row. Below, I rebut the report's prejudicial claims and demands, and argue that the report puts free speech, innovation and public interest in jeopardy.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs