Centre for Internet & Society

The generation of e-Emergency

by Sunil Abraham

The next generation of censorship technology is expected to be ‘real-time content manipulation’ through ISPs and Internet companies.

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IANA Transition Stewardship & ICANN Accountability (II)

by Jyoti Panday

This paper is the second in a multi-part series, in which we provide an overview of submitted proposals and highlight areas of concern that will need attention moving forward. The series is a work in progress and will be updated as the processes move forward. It is up for public comments and we welcome your feedback. In developing these papers we have been guided by Kieren McCarthy's writings in The Register, Milton Mueller writings on the Internet Governance Project, Rafik Dammak emails on the mailings lists, policy paper authored by Danielle Kehl & David Post for New America Foundation and Rishabh Dara for his general comments.

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DesiSec: Cybersecurity and Civil Society in India

by Laird Brown

As part of its project on mapping cyber security actors in South Asia and South East Asia, the Centre for Internet & Society conducted a series of interviews with cyber security actors. The interviews were compiled and edited into one documentary. The film produced by Purba Sarkar, edited by Aaron Joseph, and directed by Oxblood Ruffin features Malavika Jayaram, Nitin Pai, Namita Malhotra, Saikat Datta, Nishant Shah, Lawrence Liang, Anja Kovacs, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and, Ravi Sharada Prasad.

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IANA Transition Stewardship & ICANN Accountability (I)

by Jyoti Panday

This paper is the first in a multi-part series, in which we provide a background to the IANA transition and updates on the ensuing processes in an attempt to familiarise people with the issues at stake. This paper will be followed by a second piece that provides an overview of submitted proposals and will touch upon areas of concern that will need attention moving forward. The series is a work in progress and will be updated as the processes move forward. It is up for public comments and we welcome your feedback. In developing these papers we have been guided by Kieren McCarthy's writings in The Register, Milton Mueller writings on the Internet Governance Project, Rafik Dammak emails on the mailings lists, policy paper authored by Danielle Kehl & David Post for New America Foundation and Rishabh Dara for his general comments.

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Paper-thin Safeguards and Mass Surveillance in India

by Chinmayi Arun

The Indian government's new mass surveillance systems present new threats to the right to privacy. Mass interception of communication, keyword searches and easy access to particular users' data suggest that state is moving towards unfettered large-scale monitoring of communication. This is particularly ominous given that our privacy safeguards remain inadequate even for targeted surveillance and its more familiar pitfalls.

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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

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.

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The Hazards of a Non-neutral Internet

by Geetha Hariharan

Spurred by recent events, India’s policy circles are dancing to the complex tunes of net neutrality. Airtel came under fire for pricing calls made over the Internet differentially; it has since withdrawn this plan. Airtel and Reliance Communications are caught in the storm as Airtel Zero and Internet.org, the Facebook-spearheaded product for low-cost Internet access, face stiff criticism for violating net neutrality. Companies like Flipkart, which earlier supported these products, have stepped back and are throwing their weight behind net neutrality. The Department of Telecommunications has set up a six-member panel to consult on net neutrality.

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Multiple Aspects Need to be Addressed as the Clamour Grows for Network Neutrality

by Sunil Abraham

In the global debate there are four violations of Network Neutrality that are considered particularly egregious.

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Don't Do Nothing. Take a Stand on Net Neutrality.

by T. Vishnu Vardhan

Are you wondering what Net Neutrality is, and why the term has suddenly got so much attention in India among the Netizens? Do you need to be concerned about Net Neutrality? We will try to address these in this short post on Net Neutrality.

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Shreya Singhal and 66A

by Sunil Abraham

Most software code has dependencies. Simple and reproducible methods exist for mapping and understanding the impact of these dependencies. Legal code also has dependencies --across court orders and within a single court order. And since court orders are not produced using a structured mark-up language, experts are required to understand the precedential value of a court order.

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