Centre for Internet & Society

Why The New Government Policy Mandating Panic Buttons On Phones Isn’t Going To Protect Women

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 15, 2016 09:45 AM

Recently, the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted about new rules mandating a panic button in every cell phone sold in the country from January 2017. To keep ladies safe, of course.

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Geospatial Info Regulation Bill will hurt start-ups, small firms

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 13, 2016 03:46 PM

The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, whose draft outlaws the acquisition of geospatial information without the government’s permission, is expected to impact smaller companies rather more than the large ones.

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Panel Discussion on UID/ Aadhar act 2016 and its impact on Social, Security

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 28, 2016 05:02 PM

Sunil Abraham was a speaker at this event organized by Students Christian Movement of India at SCM House in Bangalore on April 25, 2016. Mathew Thomas and Usha Ramanathan also gave talks.

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Government keeps experts out of cyber security discussions

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

Anja Kovacs of the Internet Democracy project feels that India has given away too much, and that India's multi-stakeholder approach in the context of the role of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is not too clear.

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CCTV plays Sherlock

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 24, 2016 04:51 AM

Whether it's the Mercedes hit-and-run in Delhi or the antics of the chaddi baniyan gang in Mumbai, police are increasingly relying on CCTV footage to solve crimes. Sunday Times looks at how the small picture is getting bigger. .

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Will Facebook, Twitter relocate servers to India?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 23, 2016 03:26 PM

The debate to relocate offshore servers of internet and social media firms including Google, Facebook and Twitter has revived.

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You will need a license to create a WhatsApp group in Kashmir

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 21, 2016 02:34 AM

The internet rights activists have criticised the move stating it as unconstitutional.

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Aadhaar by Numbers

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 21, 2016 01:48 AM

Sunil Abraham will be addressing a public seminar at an event organized by National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) in New Delhi on Friday, April 29, 2016.

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2014 showed the power of Twitter, now every Indian politician wants a handle

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 20, 2016 02:33 AM

Twitter is fast turning into an effective political tool. As political parties fight another round of electoral battles, a new survey on the 2014 general elections states that those who tweeted well, fared well.

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PMO’s no to smart cards, insists on Aadhaar

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 20, 2016 02:19 AM

The government has decided to stop issuing new smart cards to beneficiaries of government schemes as Aadhaar is now backed by a law.

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Why is the UIDAI cracking down on individuals that hoard Aadhaar data?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 17, 2016 04:16 PM

Private firms' offer to print Aadhaar details on plastic card a breach of law.

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Daunting task ahead for investigative agencies with WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 09, 2016 09:45 AM

Messaging service WhatsApp's decision to roll out end-to-end encryption for over 1 billion subscribers has been hailed as a positive step by users across the world, although things are set to get tougher for law enforcement and investigative agencies in India seeking to track terrorists.

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India's biometric database crosses billion-member mark

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 07, 2016 02:54 AM

India's biometric database notched up one billion members on Monday, as the government sought to allay concerns about privacy breaches in the world's biggest such scheme.

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The Panama Papers and the question of privacy

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 24, 2016 02:03 PM

This statement was originally published on privacyinternational.org on 4 April 2016.

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RightsCon Silicon Valley 2016

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 06, 2016 03:10 PM

RightsCon is the world’s leading event convened around the issues of the internet and human rights. The annual conference convenes business leaders, visionaries, technologists, legal experts, civil society members, activists, and government representatives from across the globe on issues at the intersection of tech and human rights. The event was organized by RightsCon.

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Woman Alleges Harassment at Major International Conference

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 30, 2016 05:06 PM

A prospective lawyer's name tag was flipped, and she was asked rude questions by a CEO at a conference, where, ironically enough, she was invited to devise sexual harassment policies.

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ICANN 55

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 30, 2016 02:41 PM

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its 55th meeting in Marrakech, Morocco from March 5 to 10, 2016. Padmini Baruah and Vidushi Marda attended the event organized by Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Consular and Social Affairs.

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On Google Maps, JNU top result in search for 'anti-national'

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 29, 2016 01:37 AM

"Anti-national" is not a location. But Google Maps seems to have an address for it - Jawaharlal Nehru University in the capital. On Friday, Google Maps pinned other such "locations" in the same place. It yielded the same result for other search terms such as "sedition," "freedom of expression," and "patriotism."

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Securing the internet’s future

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 28, 2016 02:24 AM

Mike Godwin, who proposed the eponymous law about online discussion threads, speaks about net neutrality, differential pricing and why no government is likely to oppose stricter surveillance measures.

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