Centre for Internet & Society

Policy Officer (Cyber Security)

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

The Centre for Internet and Society is seeking an individual with strong background in the areas of cyber security, technology, law and policy work to contribute to its cyber security programme under its Internet Governance portfolio. This position will include conducting research into cyber security in the Indian context, compiling and writing research reports related to cyber security, engaging with key stakeholders, and collaborating with project partners.

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Senior Policy Officer (Cyber Security)

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

The Centre for Internet and Society is seeking an individual with strong background in the areas of cyber security, technology and policy work to contribute to its cyber security programme under its Internet Governance portfolio. This position will include conducting research into cyber security in the Indian context, compiling and writing research reports related to cyber security, engaging with key stakeholders, and collaborating with project partners.

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Internet Rights and Wrongs

by Pranesh Prakash

With a rise in PIL's for unwarranted censorship, do we need to step back and inspect if it's about time unreasonable trends are checked?

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Glaring Errors in UIDAI's Rebuttal

by Pranesh Prakash

This response note by Pranesh Prakash questions Unique Identification Authority of India’s reply to Hans Verghese Mathews' article titled “Flaws in the UIDAI Process” (EPW, March 12, 2016), which found “serious mathematical errors” in the article.

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Indians Ask: Is Visiting a Torrent Site Really A Crime?

by Subhashish Panigrahi

India has banned various large-scale torrent sites for a long time — this is old news. But under a new federal policy in India, one can be jailed for three years and fined 300,000 Indian Rupees (~US $4464) for downloading content on any of these blocked websites.

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Report on Understanding Aadhaar and its New Challenges

by Japreet Grewal, Vanya Rakesh, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, and Elonnai Hickock

The Trans-disciplinary Research Cluster on Sustainability Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (“JNU”) collaborated with the Centre for Internet and Society, and other individuals and organisations to organise a two day workshop on “Understanding Aadhaar and its New Challenges” at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU on May 26 and 27, 2016. The objective of the workshop was to bring together experts from various fields, who have been rigorously following the developments in the Unique Identification Project (“UID Project”) and align their perspectives and develop a shared understanding of the status of the UID Project and its impact. Through this exercise, it was also sought to develop a plan of action to address the issues that have arisen by rolling out the UID Project.

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We Truly are the Product being Sold

by Vidushi Marda

WhatsApp has announced it will begin sharing user data such as names, phone numbers, and other analytics with its parent company, Facebook, and with the Facebook family of companies. This change to its terms of service was effected in order to enable users to “communicate with businesses that matter” to them. How does this have anything to do with Facebook?

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Policy Brief on the Report of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on ICT

by Elonnai Hickok and Vipul Kharbanda

In light of the complex challenges and threats posed to, and by, the field of information telecommunications in cyberspace, in 1998 the draft resolution in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly was introduced and adopted without a vote (A/RES/53/70) ]. Since then, the Secretary General to the General Assembly has invited annual reports on the issue.

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Book Review: Apocalypse Now Redux

by Nishant Shah

My review for Arundhati Roy and John Cusack's new book that captures their encounter with Edward Snowden, 'Things that can and cannot be said' is now out. It's an engaging, if somewhat freewheeling, political critique of the times we live in.

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Analysis of the Report of the Group of Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security and Implications for India

by Elonnai Hickok and Vipul Kharbanda

This paper analyses the report of the Group of Experts and and India’s compliance with its recommendations based on existing laws and policies. Given the global nature of these challenges and the need for nations to holistically address such challenges from a human rights and security perspective, CIS believes that the Group of Experts and similar international forums are useful and important forums for India to actively engage with.

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