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Privacy concerns multiply for Aadhaar, India’s national biometric identity registry

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 22, 2017 02:38 PM

The largest and most sophisticated biometric identity system of any country in the world, India’s Aadhaar, is sparking new fears that the personal data it stores on more than 1.1 billion people could be vulnerable to exploitation.

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Review Meeting for the Pervasive Technologies Project

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 22, 2017 02:25 PM

The Centre for Internet & Society in partnership with Beijing Normal University Institute for Internet Policy & Law organized a review meeting of the Pervasive Technologies project in Macau on February 20 - 21, 2017.

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No ID, no benefits: thousands could lose lifeline under India’s biometric scheme

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 22, 2017 02:27 PM

Controversial Aadhaar card restricts fundamental rights, argue critics, limiting access to free school meals and exposing 1 billion people to privacy risks.

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Pervasive Technologies Project in Hong Kong

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 20, 2017 04:09 PM

Digital Asia Hub and the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) held a new networking initiative. Digital Asia Hub and the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society co-hosted a series of events aimed at fostering engagement and knowledge sharing at the intersection of technology, society, law, policy and international development.

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EVMs: How transparent is the Indian election process?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 17, 2017 01:57 AM

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have become a bone of contention after the results of the Assembly elections in five states were declared last Saturday and the BSP president Mayawati alleged tampering. The Congress party and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have called for a probe into her allegation. Social media too is abuzz with messages and videos showing how the machines can be allegedly manipulated to sway the votes in favour of a particular candidate.

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Nasscom chief saying full data protection isn’t possible should wake us from our digital slumber

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 17, 2017 01:47 AM

Considering India is rapidly moving towards a digital economy, the hurdles not withstanding, data and identity security are topics which have to be taken very seriously. Since the demonetisation, a large part of the population who would never bother with digital transactions has suddenly come online. But there is no such thing as complete security of personal data, according to Nasscom chief R Chandrashekhar.

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AI for Social Good

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 15, 2017 01:22 AM

AI in Asia event was organised by the Digital Asia Hub on March 6 and 7, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The event partners were Waseda University, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, NICT, NTT and the Japan Society of Information and Communication Research. Udbhav Tiwari attended the event.

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First Asia Pacific Workshop on Empirical Methods in Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 14, 2017 02:14 PM

Rohini Lakshané took part in a workshop organized by Centre for Innovation Intellectual Property & Competition in New Delhi from March 9 to 11, 2017.

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The 12-digit conundrum

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 14, 2017 01:50 PM

Even as the Centre plans to link as many as 500 schemes to Aadhaar, concerns over data safety are rising. Richa Mishra reports.

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Fake News, Rumors & Online Content Regulation

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 28, 2017 02:46 AM

Medianama and Mint organized #NAMApolicy open house on 'Fake News, Rumors & Online Content Regulation' on February 22, 2017 at the India Habitat Centre. Japreet Grewal and Amber Sinha attended the event.

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Free and Open Source Software and Standards for Public Health Information Systems in India: “Making them Work” by Bridging the Policy Practice Gap

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 27, 2017 03:36 PM

Anubha Sinha spoke at the ORF Health Policy Workshop on the panel: The policy landscape in India with respect FOSS software and standards in the public sector more generally. The event was organized by Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi on February 27 and 28, 2017 in New Delhi.

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India To Let Private Companies Access Citizens’ Biometric Data

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 27, 2017 03:09 PM

India, home to the world’s largest national biometric registry, plans to begin sharing citizens’ data with the country’s private companies and startups.

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T20 Mumbai 2017: Dialogue on the Emerging World Economy

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 27, 2017 03:04 PM

Gateway House, Indian Council on Global Relations organized a dialogue on emerging world economy in Mumbai on 13 and 14 February 2017. Elonnai Hickok participated in the event.

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Is Your Aadhar Biometrics Safe? Firms Accused Of Storing Biometrics And Using Them Illegally

Is Your Aadhar Biometrics Safe? Firms Accused Of Storing Biometrics And Using Them Illegally

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 27, 2017 01:56 AM

Fears of Aadhar biometric security have been compounded as the government is sprinting towards the next phase of ‘cashless India’ and digitization

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LinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobs

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 24, 2017 01:51 AM

Microsoft has launched Project Sangam, a cloud service integrated with LinkedIn that will help train and generate employment for middle and low-skilled workers.

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No Genie At Your Fingertips

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 16, 2017 04:02 PM

Aadhaar biometrics will now enable cashless shopping sans card and smartphone. A look at the hopes and fears.

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Digital illusions

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 16, 2017 02:53 PM

The Watal Committee’s report presents the government with an impossible road map to a cashless nirvana.

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India's Aadhaar with biometric details of its billion citizens is making experts uncomfortable

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 14, 2017 02:57 PM

"Indians in general have yet to understand the meaning and essence of privacy," says Member of Parliament, Tathagata Satpathy.

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Surveillance in India: Policy and Practice

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 15, 2017 01:05 AM

The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy organized a brainstorming session on net neutrality on February 8, 2017 and a public seminar on surveillance in India the following day on February 9, 2017 in New Delhi. Pranesh Prakash gave a talk.

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Indian public concerned about fingerprint payment scheme

by Prasad Krishna last modified Feb 12, 2017 03:10 PM

The Guardian is reporting that a prominent think tank has found that the prospect of using fingerprint authentication for everyday payments is raising privacy concerns among the Indian public.

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