Centre for Internet & Society

WhatsApp ruling: Experts seek privacy law

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 27, 2016 02:35 AM

On August 25, Whatsapp updated its policy to share user content with social network; the decision opened new monetisation models for the messaging app.

Read More…

When the war’s on WhatsApp

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 25, 2016 04:36 PM

Slick, jingoistic videos are whipping up pro-war rhetoric on social media after the Uri terror attack.

Read More…

Young Scholars' Programme, CPRSouth 2016

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 23, 2016 01:03 AM

Rohini Lakshané took part in the Young Scholars' Programme organized by Communication Policy Research South from September 6 to 7, 2016 in Zanzibar.

Read More…

The Future of Privacy in the Age of Big Data

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 22, 2016 11:24 PM

A study tour on privacy and big data was organised by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom from September 3 to 10, 2016 in Berlin and Hamburg. Vanya Rakesh was one of the participants from South Asia who went for the tour.

Read More…

Is India Prepared for a Cyber Attack? Suckfly And Other Past Responses Say No

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 22, 2016 12:57 AM

From mandatory disclosures to improving CERT-IN’s functioning and transparency, there is much to be done in the event of future cyber attacks.

Read More…

India's Aadhaar mandate for smartphone makers may rile global firms

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 15, 2016 02:25 AM

They are unlikely to oblige to request to make changes in their operating system and devices to ensure Aadhaar authentication is done securely on smartphones.

Read More…

SpaceX Explosion Slows Facebook & Israeli Efforts To Control Online Content

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 14, 2016 11:24 AM

In their ‘space race’ to expand internet access to remote, impoverished areas of the world, Facebook and Google are actually vying for control o fthe online experiences of millions of people.

Read More…

How does the government track all its legal cases?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 14, 2016 10:17 AM

The Legal Information Management and Briefing System , an integral part of the digital India initiative, aims to be a database of all the ongoing cases with the government.

Read More…

CYFY 2016 - The India Conference on Cyber Security and Internet Governance

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 13, 2016 03:23 PM

Sunil Abraham will participate as a panelist at CYFY 2016 event organized by Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi from September 28 to 30, 2016.

Read More…

The DigiLocker was supposed to cut down paperwork but less than 0.1% of Indians are using it

The DigiLocker was supposed to cut down paperwork but less than 0.1% of Indians are using it

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 12, 2016 01:59 AM

The official data shows that the platform has not enthused as many users as the government expected.

Read More…

Despite SC order, thousands booked under scrapped Sec 66A of IT Act

Despite SC order, thousands booked under scrapped Sec 66A of IT Act

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 07, 2016 03:31 PM

College student Danish Mohammed’s arrest this March under the scrapped Section 66A of the Information Technology Act for allegedly sharing a morphed picture of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat wasn’t an exception.

Read More…

Talking Point: Futile Battle Against Torrents

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 01, 2016 02:36 PM

Sunil Abraham spoke to Deccan Herald to clear the air about rumours surrounding a jail threat for those logging on to Torrent sites.

Read More…

Festival scan on social media

Festival scan on social media

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 26, 2016 03:20 AM

Authorities in a south Karnataka district have started keeping tighter watch on rumour-mongering and hate messages on social media platforms ahead of religious festivals.

Read More…

Extending Aadhaar to more areas is a hare-brained idea, it should be dropped

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 24, 2016 03:05 AM

News reports that the mandatory use of Aadhaar could be extended to a host of new areas are extremely disturbing. According to these reports, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has identified 20 new areas for which Aadhaar can be made mandatory. This includes registration of companies and NGOs, insurance, competitive examinations and property and vehicle registration.

Read More…

Accessing pirated content might lead to prison term & Rs 3-lakh fine

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 23, 2016 02:47 AM

India puts onus of downloading and viewing pirated content on individuals.

Read More…

Public Panel Discussion: Digitalisation for Social Change

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 19, 2016 01:47 PM

Sunil Abraham is participating as a panelist in a discussion co-organized by Mount Carmel College, Bangalore and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, India Office in Bangalore on August 22, 2016.

Read More…

Responses to Trai’s consultation paper on free data contain some good suggestions

Responses to Trai’s consultation paper on free data contain some good suggestions

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 17, 2016 03:05 AM

Trai has announced that it will come up with a final consultation paper on ‘Free Data’, and also a pre-consultation paper on Net Neutrality by the end of this month.

Read More…

Rational Internet laws essential to fulfil India’s digital goals

Rational Internet laws essential to fulfil India’s digital goals

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 15, 2016 04:13 AM

India has emerged as a digitally-connected nation but experts suggest the country still lacks pragmatic Internet laws.

Read More…

And now, Aadhaar-enabled smartphones for easy verification and money transfer

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 12, 2016 02:50 AM

As reported earlier, the Indian government has planned to make Aadhaar-enabled smartphones , with which users would be able to self-authenticate and let businesses and banks verify the identity of their clients. This would also help in the government's aim of a cashless society.

Read More…

Implementing Indian languages in feature phones will be difficult

Implementing Indian languages in feature phones will be difficult

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 10, 2016 03:51 PM

A recent government standard requiring support for inputting text in any one Indian language in mobile phones - along with Hindi and English - has manufacturers worried. The companies argue that the well-intentioned move may be difficult to implement, especially in the case of feature phones, because inventory and logistics will have to be planned for each state.

Read More…