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Blog Entry Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities: A Global Survey of Policy Interventions and Good Practices
by Nirmita Narasimhan published Dec 27, 2011 last modified Oct 08, 2012 05:43 AM — filed under: , ,
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies and the Centre for Internet and Societies in cooperation with the Hans Foundation have published the Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities: A Global Survey of Policy Interventions and Good Practices. The book consists of a Foreword by Axel Leblois, an Introduction and four chapters. Deepti Bharthur, Axel Leblois and Nirmita Narasimhan have contributed to the chapters.
Blog Entry Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions: Mapping the Stakeholders' Response
by Nehaa Chaudhari published Oct 29, 2014 last modified Jan 05, 2015 05:01 PM — filed under: , , ,
The procedure and tests surrounding software patenting in India have remained ambiguous since the Parliament introduced the term “per se” through the Patent (Amendment) Act, 2002. In 2013, the Indian Patent Office released Draft Guidelines for the Examination of Computer Related Inventions, in an effort to clarify some of the ambiguity. Through this post, CIS intern, Shashank Singh, analyses the various responses by the stakeholders to these Guidelines and highlights the various issues put forth in the responses.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Availability and Accessibility of Government Information in Public Domain
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 09, 2014 last modified Dec 30, 2014 01:25 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The information provided on most Government websites such as Acts, notifications, rules, orders, minutes of meetings and consultations, etc. is usually in the form of electronic documents. However, these lack authenticity and accessibility and cannot be (text) searched., This policy brief identifies the problem areas with the current work flow being used to publish documents and proposes suitable modifications to make them easy to locate, authentic and accessible.
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Blog Entry Mapping Digital Humanities in India - Concluding Thoughts
by P.P. Sneha published Nov 30, 2014 last modified Nov 13, 2015 05:36 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
This final blog post on the mapping exercise undertaken by CIS-RAW summarises some of the key concepts and terms that have emerged as significant in the discourse around Digital Humanities in India.
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Internet Researchers' Conference 2016 (IRC16)
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Feb 10, 2016 last modified Feb 27, 2016 06:19 AM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
The first Internet Researchers' Conference (IRC16) will be organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, on February 26-28, 2016. The focus of the Conference is on the experiences, adventures, and methods of 'studying internet in India.' We are deeply grateful to the Centre for Political Studies (CPS), JNU, for hosting the Conference, and to the CSCS Digital Innovation Fund (CDIF) for the generous support. It is a free and open conference. Please use the form to register.
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Blog Entry The new Guidelines for Computer Related Inventions are a big win for FOSS in India!
by Anubha Sinha published Feb 23, 2016 last modified Feb 24, 2016 06:30 AM — filed under: , , ,
India is one of the few countries which permits patenting of software – a monopolization that has only benefited established corporations and largely throttled innovation in the software industry, worldwide. CIS has consistently advocated against patentablity of software and in a major victory last week, software patenting in India died a little more. This happened via the newly issued Guidelines for the Examination of Computer Related Inventions, which introduces a new test to restrict software patenting – in essence the same legal test that CIS had been proposing since 2010. This post highlights the new test and other noteworthy changes in the Guidelines.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Comments by the Centre for Internet and Society on the Report of the Committee on Medium Term Path on Financial Inclusion
by Vipul Kharbanda published Feb 27, 2016 last modified Mar 01, 2016 01:53 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
Apart from item-specific suggestions, CIS would like to make one broad comment with regard to the suggestions dealing with linking of Aadhaar numbers with bank accounts. Aadhaar is increasingly being used by the government in various departments as a means to prevent fraud, however there is a serious dearth of evidence to suggest that Aadhaar linkage actually prevents leakages in government schemes. The same argument would be applicable when Aadhaar numbers are sought to be utilized to prevent leakages in the banking sector.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Internet Researchers' Conference 2017 (IRC17)
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Feb 06, 2017 last modified Mar 02, 2017 02:09 PM — filed under: , , ,
With great pleasure we announce the second edition of the Internet Researchers' Conference (IRC), an annual conference series initiated by the Researchers at Work (RAW) programme at CIS to gather researchers, academic or otherwise, studying internet in/from India to congregate, share insights and tensions, and chart the ways forward. The Internet Researchers' Conference 2017 (IRC17) will be held at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) campus on March 03-05, 2017. It is being organised by the Centre for Information Technology and Public Policy (CITAPP) at IIIT-B and the CIS.
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Blog Entry Survey on Data Protection Regime
by Aditi Chaturvedi and Elonnai Hickok published Feb 10, 2017 last modified Feb 10, 2017 10:47 AM — filed under: , , , ,
We request you to take part in this survey aimed at understanding how various organisations view the changes in the Data Protection Regime in the European Union. Recently the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 was passed, which shall replace the present Data Protection Directive DPD 95/46/EC. This step is likely to impact the way of working for many organisations. We are grateful for your voluntary contribution to our research, and all information shared by you will be used for the purpose of research only. Questions that personally identify you are not mandatory and will be kept strictly confidential.
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Blog Entry Digital AlterNatives with a Cause?
by Nishant Shah published Sep 15, 2011 last modified Apr 10, 2015 09:22 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Hivos and the Centre for Internet and Society have consolidated their three year knowledge inquiry into the field of youth, technology and change in a four book collective “Digital AlterNatives with a cause?”. This collaboratively produced collective, edited by Nishant Shah and Fieke Jansen, asks critical and pertinent questions about theory and practice around 'digital revolutions' in a post MENA (Middle East - North Africa) world. It works with multiple vocabularies and frameworks and produces dialogues and conversations between digital natives, academic and research scholars, practitioners, development agencies and corporate structures to examine the nature and practice of digital natives in emerging contexts from the Global South.
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