Centre for Internet & Society

Killing of Yameen Rasheed Reveals Worsening Human Rights Situation in the Maldives

by Pranesh Prakash

A courageous liberal blogger in the Maldives was murdered for his words. The international community needs to act.

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Regulating Bitcoin in India

by Vipul Kharbanda

The article discusses the possible contours of future bitcoin regulation in India. Bitcoin, often considered a ‘notorious’ virtual currency limited only to techies or speculators, is currently fighting a battle to become a bona fide mainstream means of exchange.

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Brainstorming Session on the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS 2017)

by Japreet Grewal

I attended a brainstorming session on the Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017 on April 12, 2017 at Electronics Niketan that was organised by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. The Global Conference on Cyber Space was first held in London in 2011. Thereafter, it was held in Budapest (2012), Seoul (2013) and the Hague (2015).

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Privacy in the Age of Big Data

by Amber Sinha

Personal data is freely accessible, shared and even sold, and those to whom this information belongs have little control over its flow.

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It’s the technology, stupid

by Sunil Abraham

Eleven reasons why the Aadhaar is not just non-smart but also insecure.

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Right to be Forgotten: A Tale of Two Judgements

by Amber Sinha

In the last few months, there have been contrasting judgments from two Indian high courts, Karnataka and Gujarat, on matters relating to the right to be forgotten. The two high courts heard pleas on issues to do the right of individuals to have either personal information redacted from the text of judgments available online or removal of such judgment from publically available sources.

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Aadhaar marks a fundamental shift in citizen-state relations: From ‘We the People’ to ‘We the Government’

by Pranesh Prakash

Your fingerprints, iris scans, details of where you shop. Compulsory Aadhaar means all this data is out there. And it’s still not clear who can view or use it.

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Analysis of Key Provisions of the Aadhaar Act Regulations

by Amber Sinha

In exercise of their powers under of the powers conferred by Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, (Aadhaar Act) the UIDAI has come out with a set of five regulations in late 2016 last year. In this policy brief, we look at the five regulations, their key provisions and highlight point out the unresolved, issues, unaddressed, and created issues as result of these regulations.

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How Aadhaar compromises privacy? And how to fix it?

by Sunil Abraham

Aadhaar is mass surveillance technology. Unlike targeted surveillance which is a good thing, and essential for national security and public order – mass surveillance undermines security. And while biometrics is appropriate for targeted surveillance by the state – it is wholly inappropriate for everyday transactions between the state and law abiding citizens.

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Benefits, Harms, Rights and Regulation: A Survey of Literature on Big Data

by Amber Sinha, Vanya Rakesh, Vidushi Marda and Geethanjali Jujjavarapu

This survey draws upon a range of literature including news articles, academic articles, and presentations and seeks to disaggregate the potential benefits and harms of big data, organising them into several broad categories that reflect the existing scholarly literature. The survey also recognises the non-technical big data regulatory options which are in place as well as those which have been proposed by various governments, civil society groups and academics.

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