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Internet Governance

by kaeru — last modified Aug 21, 2013 05:20 AM
The Tunis Agenda of the second World Summit on the Information Society has defined internet governance as the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles of shared principles, norms, rules, decision making procedures and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. As part of internet governance work we work on policy issues relating to freedom of expression primarily focusing on the Information Technology Act and issues of liability of intermediaries for unlawful speech and simultaneously ensuring that the right to privacy is safeguarded as well. We have worked with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and helped him in the preparation of his 2011 report on freedom of speech on the Internet by organizing South Asia-wide consultations.

Note: The two year project with Privacy International and Society in Action Group was for 2010-2012.


Key Research

  1. Our partnership with Privacy International, UK and Society in Action Group, Gurgaon for a two-year research project on Privacy in Asia has produced outputs in these areas: 
    Banking, Telecommunications, Consumer Protection, IT Act, Limitations, Copyright, Internet Protocol, Media, Sexual Minorities, UID
  2. Submitted seven open letters to the Parliamentary Finance Committee on the UID covering the following aspects:
    SCOSTA standardCentralized Database, Biometrics, BudgetOperational DesignTransactionsDeduplication
  3. Government of India through its various departments sought feedback on the policies listed below. We sent our feedback:
    Privacy Approach Paper (22 November 2010), NIA Bill, (13 July 2010), IT Act (28 July 2009), National Policy on Electronics (1 November 2011),  Cyber Café Rules (25 February 2011), Security Practices Rules (25 February 2011), Intermediary Due Diligence Rules (25 February 2011).
  4. Peer reviewed essays by Nishant Shah:
    Material Cyborgs; Asserted Boundaries (European Journal of English Studies, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2008), Internet and Society in Asia: Challenges and Next Steps (Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Volume 11, Number 1, March 2010)

From 2013 to 2015 CIS is working with Privacy International on the Surveillance and Freedom: Global Understandings and Rights Development (SAFEGUARD) project. The SAFEGUARD project is directed at enhancing respect for the right to privacy in developing countries through research and engagement in national, regional and international policy dialogues by developing country researchers.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • Generate evidence and analysis on national and regional-level privacy issues;
  • Identify policy and legislative gaps and obstacles in targeted developing countries;
  • Enable engagement in policy-making for greater protection and promotion of the right to privacy in the developing world;
  • Engage with national, regional and international governmental bodies to promote research findings, and raise the profile of privacy issues in regional and international fora.

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Very Big Brother

The Centre for Internet and Society, the organization I work for, currently serves on a committee established by the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology in January 2013. The committee has been charged with preparing a report on the draft Human DNA Profiling Bill.

Report of the Group of Experts on Privacy vs. The Leaked 2014 Privacy Bill
Net Neutrality, Free Speech and the Indian Constitution - I
Who Governs the Internet? Implications for Freedom and National Security
Between the Local and the Global: Notes Towards Thinking the Nature of Internet Policy
Marco Civil da Internet: Brazil’s ‘Internet Constitution’
Leaked Privacy Bill: 2014 vs. 2011
Intermediary Liability Resources
The Age of Shame
European Union Draft Report Admonishes Mass Surveillance, Calls for Stricter Data Protection and Privacy Laws
Privacy worries cloud Facebook's WhatsApp Deal
Net Neutrality and Privacy
NTIA to give up control of the Internet's root
New Standard Operating Procedures for Lawful Interception and Monitoring
Comparison of Section 35(1) of the Draft Human DNA Profiling Bill and Section 4 of the Identification Act Revised Statute of Canada
Big Democracy, Big Surveillance: India's Surveillance State
Surveillance and the Indian Constitution - Part 3: The Public/Private Distinction and the Supreme Court’s Wrong Turn
UIDAI Practices and the Information Technology Act, Section 43A and Subsequent Rules
Open Call for Comments: The Privacy Protection Bill 2013 drafted by the Centre for Internet and Society
CIS Welcomes 52nd Report on Cyber Crime, Cyber Security, and Right to Privacy
Calcutta High Court Strengthens Whistle Blower Protection
Will You be Paid to Post a Picture?
The Internet Way
February 11: The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance
Video Games: A Case Study of a Cross-cultural Video Collaboration
India's Central Monitoring System (CMS): Something to Worry About?
Making the Powerful Accountable
Surveillance and the Indian Constitution - Part 2: Gobind and the Compelling State Interest Test
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News & Media
Lok sabha polls: Social media companies launch special pages for polls

Internet and social media giants such as Google and Facebook have launched special campaigns, pages and services around the Indian Lok Sabha elections to make the most of the world's largest democratic exercise that kicked off on Monday.

The Take Down of Free Speech Online
Should Nandan Nilekani's Aadhaar project, for identity proof and welfare delivery, exist at all?
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Events
Counter Surveillance Panel: DiscoTech & Hackathon
Mar 01, 2014 09:00 AM to Mar 01, 2014 05:00 PM, at The Centre for Internet and Society (opposite Domlur Club) and near to TERI Complex, No.194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560071

We invite you to a Counter Surveillance DiscoTech and Hackathon at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore on Saturday, March 1, 2014 (9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.). The event is being co-organized by the Centre for Internet and Society in tandem with the MIT Centre for Civic Media Co-Design Lab, with support from members of Tactical Technology Collective, Hackteria.org and Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. Registrations begin at 9.00 a.m. The event shall close with a featured talk by renown information activist and maker lab innovator Smari McCarthy, titled "Privacy for Humanity" at 5.00 p.m.

Nullcon Goa Feb 2014 — International Security Conference
Feb 12, 2014 09:30 AM to Feb 15, 2014 06:00 PM, at Bogmallo Beach Resort, Goa

Nullcon (http://nullcon.net) is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with efforts being made to bring key decision makers, thought leaders with an expectation of 500+ participants from the industry and government sector. Nullcon is scheduled from February 12 to 15, 2014 at Bogmallo Beach Resort, Goa, comprising of 2 days of technical trainings, followed by 2days of talks, workshops, exhibition, networking parties and CTFs.

Bitcoin & Open Source with Aaron Koenig
Feb 07, 2014 06:00 PM to Feb 07, 2014 07:00 PM, at The Centre for Internet and Society (opposite Domlur Club) and near to TERI Complex, No.194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560071

Aaron Koenig, director of bitfilm.org and a global Bitcoin entrepreneur will give a talk at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore on February 7 at 6.00 p.m.

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