December 2010 Bulletin
Greetings from the Centre for Internet and Society! It gives us immense pleasure to present regular updates on the progress of our research on the mainstream Internet media. In this issue of we bring our latest project updates, news and media coverage:
RAW is a multidisciplinary research initiative. CIS believes that in order to understand the contemporary concerns in the field of Internet and society, it is necessary to produce local and contextual accounts of the interaction between the Internet and socio-cultural and geo-political structures. To build original research knowledge base, the RAW programme has been collaborating with different organisations and individuals to focus on its three year thematic of Histories of the Internets in India. Monographs arising from these projects are now online for public review:
Pornography & the Law
This monograph attempts to unravel the relations between pornography, technology and the law in the shifting context of the contemporary. Deadline for review expires on 15 Jan 2011.
Dr. Asha Achutan historicises the attitudes, imaginations and policies that have shaped the Science-Technology debates in India, to particularly address the ways in which emergence of Internet Technologies have shaped notions of gender and body in India. Deadline for review expires on 15 Jan 2011.
The Leap of Rhodes or, How India Dealt with the Last Mile Problem — An Inquiry into Technology and Governance
The project has fed into many different activities in teaching, in examining processes of governance and in looking at user behaviour. The deadline for peer review expires on 15 Jan 2011.
New Blog Entries
Internet, Society and Space in Indian Cities
Queer Histories of the Internet
CIS has interest in developing Digital Identities as a core research area and looks at practices, policies and scholarships in the field to explore relationships between Internet, technology and identity.
Columns on Digital Natives
A fortnightly column on ‘Digital Natives’ authored by Nishant Shah is featured in the Sunday Eye, the national edition of Indian Express, Delhi, from 19 September 2010 onwards. The following articles were published in the Indian Express recently:
The third and final workshop in the Digital Natives with a Cause? research project will take place in Santiago, Chile, from the 8 to 10 February. Open Call and FAQs for the workshop are online:
- Digital Natives with a Cause? Workshop in Santiago – An Open Call
- Digital Natives with a Cause? Workshop in Santiago – Some FAQs
Position papers from the Thinkathon conference held at Hague from 6 to 8 December have been published:
Estimates of the percentage of the world's population that is disabled vary considerably. But what is certain is that if we count functional disability, then a large proportion of the world's population is disabled in one way or another. At CIS we work to ensure that the digital technologies, which empower disabled people and provide them with independence, are allowed to do so in practice and by the law. To this end, we support web accessibility guidelines, and change in copyright laws that currently disempower the persons with disabilities.
Nirmita Narasimhan got a National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities from the Government of India on 3 December 2010. The award was presented by Smt. Pratibha Patil, President of India under the Role Model category. The event was telecast live on Doordarshan.
An international conference on Enabling Access to Education through ICT was held in New Delhi from 27 to 29 October 2010. The full report of the conference is published online:
New Blog Entries
- Accessibility at CIS – Looking back at 2010
- G3ict-GW Global Policy Forum: "ICT Accessibility: A New Frontier for Disability Rights"
Copyright, patents and trademarks are the most important components on the Internet. CIS believes that access to knowledge and culture is essential as it promotes creativity and innovation and bridges the gaps between the developed and developing world positively. Hence, the campaigns for an international treaty on copyright exceptions for print-impaired, advocating against PUPFIP Bill, calls for the WIPO Broadcast Treaty to be restricted to broadcast, questioning the demonization of 'pirates', and supporting endeavours that explore and question the current copyright regime. Our latest endeavour has resulted into these:
New Blog Entries
- Problems Remain with Standing Committee's Report on Copyright Amendments
- CIS Submission on Draft Patent Manual 2010
CIS believes that innovation and creativity should be fostered through openness and collaboration and is committed towards promotion of open standards, open access, and free/libre/open source software, its latest involvement have yielded these results:
- Call for Comments for Report on the Online Video Environment in India
- Call for Comments for Report on Open Government Data in India
CIS is doing a couple of projects, one Privacy in Asia which is supported by Privacy International, UK and the other on Privacy and Identity which is funded by Ford Foundation and managed by the Centre for Study of Culture and Society. The project is a research inquiry into the history of privacy in India and how it shapes the contemporary debates around technology mediated identity projects like Aadhar.
New Blog Entries
- The Privacy Rights of Whistleblowers
- UID & Privacy - A Call for Papers
- Should Ratan Tata be Afforded the Right to Privacy?
- DSCI Information Security Summit 2010 – A Report
The growth in telecommunications in India has been impressive. While the potential for growth and returns exist, a range of issues need to be addressed for this potential to be realized. One aspect is more extensive rural coverage and the second aspect is a countrywide access to broadband which is low at about eight million subscriptions. Both require effective and efficient use of networks and resources, including spectrum. It is imperative to resolve these issues in the common interest of users and service providers. CIS campaigns to facilitate this.
Articles by Shyam Ponappa
Shyam Ponappa is a Distinguished Fellow at CIS. He writes regularly on Telecom issues in the Business Standard and these articles are mirrored on the CIS website as well.
News & Media Coverage
- An online community platform for people with different needs (Sify News, 12 December 2010)
- Self-regulation in media and society meet to gain legal perspectives (Indiantelevision.com, 13 December 2010)
- This Is All India Radia (Outlook, 6 December 2010)
- 'Pakistan' hackers target India's top police agency (Google News, 4 December 2010)
- Intellectual Property Rights as seen in a graphic novel (TimeOut Bengaluru, 1 December 2010)
- The Niira Radia Tapes: Scrutinizing the Snoopers (The Wall Street Journal, 29 November 2010)
- Mobile banking set to get a boost from IMPS (The Hindu, 28 November 2010)
- UID elicits mixed response (Deccan Herald, 23 November 2010)
- Time to bury e-mail? (DNA, 21 November 2010)
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