Centre for Internet & Society

UN Special Rapporteur Report on Freedom of Expression and the Private Sector: A Significant Step Forward

by Vidushi Marda

On 6 June 2016, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, released a report on the Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”) sector and freedom of expression in the digital age. Vidushi Marda and Pranesh Prakash highlight the most important aspects of the report.

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Smart City Policies and Standards: Overview of Projects, Data Policies, and Standards across Five International Smart Cities

by Kiran A. B., Elonnai Hickok and Vanya Rakesh

This blog post aims to review five Smart Cities across the globe, namely Singapore, Dubai, New York City, London and Seoul, the Data Policies and Standards adopted. Also, the research seeks to point the similarities, differences and best practices in the development of smart cities across jurisdictions.

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Criminal Defamation and the Supreme Court’s Loss of Reputation

by Bhairav Acharya

The Supreme Court’s refusal, in Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India, to strike down the anachronistic colonial offence of criminal defamation is wrong. Criminalising defamation serves no legitimate public purpose; the vehicle of criminalisation – sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) – is unconstitutional; and the court’s reasoning is woolly at best.

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Submission by the Centre for Internet and Society on Draft New ICANN By-laws

by Vidushi Marda

The Centre for Internet & Society sent its comments on the Draft New ICANN Bylaws. The submission was prepared by Pranesh Prakash, Vidushi Marda, Udbhav Tiwari and Swati Muthukumar. Special thanks to Sunil Abraham for his input and feedback.

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Comments on Draft Electronic Health Records Standards

by Amber Sinha

The Centre for Internet & Society submitted its comments on the Draft Electronic Health Records Standards to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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Women's Safety? There is an App for That

by Rohini Lakshané

“After locking ourselves in a room for more than 6 days, this is what we came out [sic] with. Join us in helping make WOMEN feel SAFE,” read a gloating press release about a smartphone app for women to notify their near ones that they were in distress. It was one among many such PRs frequently landing in my mailbox after the rape and murder of a young student on board a private bus in Delhi in 2012.

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Draft Law Would Prohibit Showing ‘Disputed Areas’ on Maps of India

by Subhashish Panigrahi

Maps that label geographic areas of conflict as “disputed” territories in India could put one behind bars for seven years with 1B Indian Rupees (US$15M) penalty if a recently proposed bill becomes law.

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MHRD IPR Chair Series: Information Received from Delhi University

by Nehaa Chaudhari

This post provides a factual description about the operation of Ministry of Human Resource Development IPR Chair’s Intellectual Property Education, Research and Public Outreach (IPERPO) scheme in Delhi University.

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Identity of the Aadhaar Act: Supreme Court and the Money Bill Question

by Vanya Rakesh and Sumandro Chattapadhyay

A writ petition has been filed by former Union minister Jairam Ramesh on April 6 challenging the constitutionality and legality of the treatment of this Act as a money bill. The Supreme Court heard the matter on April 25 and invited the Union government to present its view. It is our view that the Supreme Court can not only review the Lok Sabha speaker’s decision, but should also ask the government to draft the Aadhaar Bill again, this time with greater parliamentary and public deliberation. Vanya Rakesh and Sumandro Chattapadhyay wrote this article on The Wire.

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Facebook: A Platform with Little Less Sharing of Personal Information

by Nishant Shah

As Facebook becomes less personal, what happens to digital friendship?

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