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Protecting the Territory, Killing the Map

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

The politics of making and using maps in India has taken a sudden and complex turn with the publication of the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016. Contrary to the expectations arising out of several government schemes that are promoting the development of the new digital economy in India – from start-ups to the ongoing expansion of connectivity network – the Bill seems to be undoing various economic and humanitarian efforts, and other opportunities involving maps. This article by Sumandro Chattapadhyay and Adya Garg was published by The Wire on May 16, 2016.

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Legal Challenges to Mapping in India #1 - Laws, Policies, and Cases

by Adya Garg

Responding to the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill and the draft National Geospatial Policy made public recently, this post provides an overview of the present configuration of laws, policies, and guidelines that provides the legal framework in India for governance of creation and sharing of geospatial data in India. The post also studies these policies in action by describing the key legal cases around the creation and use of geospatial data. The next post of this series will document the reflections and opinions of the key geospatial industry actors in India, as well as the free and open source mapping community.

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Google, Apple and Microsoft may need licence for satellite mapping in India

by Prasad Krishna

Cold response from MNCs like Google to India's security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call "return of the Licence Raj" and "digital nationalism".

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Introduction to Python Programming

by Prasad Krishna

Annapoornima K. the founder of Pyladies Bangalore chapter will be teaching Python programming at the Centre for Internet & Society office in Bangalore. The event starts at 10.00 a.m.

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Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in India: Availability and Openness of Data (Part II)

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an internationally agreed upon set of developmental targets to be achieved by 2030. There are 17 SDGs with 169 targets, and each target is mapped to one or more indicators as a measure of evaluation. In this and the next blog post, Kiran AB is documenting the availability and openness of data sets in India that are relevant for monitoring the targets under the SDGs. This post offers the findings for the last 10 Goals. The first 7 has already been discussed in the earlier post.

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CoinFest 2016

by Prasad Krishna

Coinsecure and India Bitcoin have joined hands to organize to organize CoinFest at the Centre for Internet & Society's Bangalore office on Saturday, April 10, 2016, from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

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Consultation on 'National Geospatial Policy' - Notes and Submission

by Anubha Sinha

The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has constituted a National Expert Committee for developing a draft National Geospatial Policy (NGP) to provide appropriate guidelines for collection, analysis, use, and distribution of geospatial information across India, and to assure data availability, accessibility and quality. A pre-drafting consultation meeting for the NGP was organised in Delhi on February 03, 2016. Ms. Anubha Sinha represented CIS at the meeting, and shares her notes.

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Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in India: Availability and Openness of Data (Part I)

by Kiran AB

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an internationally agreed upon set of developmental targets to be achieved by 2030. There are 17 SDGs with 169 targets, and each target is mapped to one or more indicators as a measure of evaluation. In this and the next blog post, Kiran AB is documenting the availability and openness of data sets in India that are relevant for monitoring the targets under the SDGs. This post offers the findings for the first 7 Goals, while the next post will cover the last 10.

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National Koha Conclave

by Prasad Krishna

Informatics Publishing organized an event at Fortune Park JP Celestial in Bangalore on February 17, 2016. Sunil Abraham delivered the inaugural address on the occasion.

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Open Data Hackathons are Great, but Address Privacy and License Concerns

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

This is to cross-publish a blog post from DataMeet website regarding a letter shared with the organisers of Urban Hack 2015, Bangalore, in response to a set of privacy and license concerns identified and voiced during the hackathon by DataMeet members. Sumandro Chattapadhyay co-authored and co-signed the letter. The blog post is written by Nisha Thompson.

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