Centre for Internet & Society

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Indian companies need to boost encrpytion adoption rate: experts

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 10, 2016 02:36 PM

Most banks do not follow Reserve bank of India’s standard 64/128-bit encryption policy due to laxity and unavailability of funds.

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Aadhaar-enabled smartphones will ease money transfer

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 10, 2016 01:33 PM

With its plans to make smartphones Aadhaar-enabled, the government hopes to provide users a means to do self-authentication and let businesses and banks verify the identity of their clients through their smartphones, a move that could potentially lead the way to a cashless society.

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Apps can give personal information to strangers

Apps can give personal information to strangers

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 08, 2016 01:22 AM

We love our apps. A study done last year, found that app usage in India has grown 131 per cent. But apps are notorious for accessing personal data and we’re obligingly careless with our privacy. Inadvertently, users give away third-parties access to their phone calls and right to operate cameras on their mobiles.

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 Why experts are worried about Aadhaar-based authentication

Why experts are worried about Aadhaar-based authentication

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 07, 2016 02:16 AM

As private companies are increasingly using Aadhaar data, is the privacy and security of personal data really at risk? What do those defending Aadhaar have to say?

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Digital in South Asia

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 02, 2016 03:38 PM

Sunil Abraham participated in this event organized by the World Economic Forum on July 19, 2016 at Taj Mahal Hotel in Bangalore.

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IGF Academy Regional Workshop

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 06, 2016 03:30 PM

Sunil Abraham will be a speaker at this event organized by LIRNE Asia in Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 4, 2016. He will speak on the status of freedom of expression, internet governance and multi-stakeholder processes

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Mandatory Aadhaar card for govt scholarships violates SC order

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 30, 2016 03:55 PM

There seems to be no end to the government’s legal troubles.

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It's That Eavesdrop Endemic

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 30, 2016 03:45 PM

Whatsapp Says It’s Snoop-Proof Now, But There’s Always A Way In

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Roundtable: Identifying and Limiting Hate Speech and Harassment Online

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 09, 2016 01:31 PM

Japreet Grewal attended this event organized by Software Freedom Law Centre at Constitution Club Of India, Rafi Marg, New Delhi on July 28, 2016.

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Facebook is censoring some posts on Indian Kashmir

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 28, 2016 03:03 AM

Film makers, activists and journalists accused Facebook of blocking their accounts this week after they posted messages and images related to the violence in the trouble-torn province of Kashmir. In recent weeks, the India administered, Muslim-majority Kashmir state has been facing violence and curfews after protests erupted against the killing of a popular leader of a terrorist group.

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Belling the trolls

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 24, 2016 04:44 PM

Online abuse - specially against women - is like one of those rapidly-mutating viruses that resists all antibodies.

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Meeting on Net Neutrality and Related Issues

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 02, 2016 03:56 PM

A meeting was convened by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on July 15, 2016 in New Delhi to discuss Net Neutrality and related issues. Sunil Abraham attended this meeting.

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