Centre for Internet & Society

Good Intentions, Recalcitrant Text - I: Why India’s Proposal at the ITU is Troubling for Internet Freedoms

by Geetha Hariharan

The UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is hosting its Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14) this year in South Korea. At PP-14, India introduced a new draft resolution on ITU's Role in Realising Information Society. The Draft Resolution has grave implication for human rights and Internet governance. Geetha Hariharan explores.

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Big Data and Positive Social Change in the Developing World: A White Paper for Practitioners and Researchers

by Nishant Shah

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).

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Anvar v. Basheer and the New (Old) Law of Electronic Evidence

by Bhairav Acharya

The Supreme Court of India revised the law on electronic evidence. The judgment will have an impact on the manner in which wiretap tapes are brought before a court.

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Centre for Internet and Society joins the Dynamic Coalition for Platform Responsibility

by Jyoti Panday

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has joined the multistakeholder cooperative engagement amidst stakeholders towards creating Due Diligence Recommendations for online platforms and Model Contractual Provisions to be enshrined in ToS. This blog provides a brief background of the role of dynamic coalitions within the IGF structure, establishes the need for the coalition and provides an update on the action plan and next steps for interested stakeholders.

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Biometrics: An ‘Angootha Chaap’ nation?

by Mukta Batra

This blog post throws light on the inconsistencies in biometric collection under the UID and NPR Schemes.

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UID and NPR: Towards Common Ground

by Mukta Batra

The UID (Unique Identification) and NPR (National Population Register) are both government identity schemes that aggregate personal data, including biometric data for the provision of an identification factor, and aim to link them with the delivery of public utility services.

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UID: A Data Subject's Registration Tale

by Mukta Batra

A person who registered for UIDAI shares their experience of registering for the UID Number, on the condition of anonymity.

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CIS@IGF 2014

by Geetha Hariharan

The ninth Internet Governance Forum (“IGF2014”) was hosted by Turkey in Istanbul from September 2 to 5, 2014.

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The Aadhaar Case

by Vipul Kharbanda

In 2012 a writ petition was filed by Justice K.S. Puttaswamy in the Supreme Court of India challenging the policy of the government in making an Aadhaar card for every person in India and its later plans to link various government benefit schemes to the same.

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