List of Topics for the Knowledge Repository on Internet Access

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Ford Foundation and the Centre for Internet & Society bring you research on the origins of the Internet in India, its impact on the Indian GDP and topics and debates surrounding the Internet in today's world.

    Module 1: History of the Internet

    This module will cover brief history of the Internet, its early stages and growth. It will also cover origins of internet in India and its impact on the Indian GDP. It will also focus on hot topics/debates surrounding the Internet.

    1. Introduction: Understanding the Internet
    2. Pinning Down Cyberspace
    3. Why Do We Need the History of the Internet?
    • Unit 2: The Body in Cyberspace
    1. Case Study: A Rape in Cyberspace
    2. Cyberspace and the State
    3. Cyberspace and Criminality
    4. DPS MMS: Case Study
    5. Summary
      Module 2: Principles of the Internet

      This module will cover various principles that underpinned the creation of the Internet, the threats they face and the need for a truly “open internet”.

      1. What is Accessibility
      2. Accessibility Policies in India
      3. E-Accessibility
      4. E-Governance
      5. Websites
      6. Mobile Devices
      • Unit 4: Access to Knowledge
      1. Introduction
      2. The Right to Access to Knowledge
      3. Patents
      4. Copyright
      5. Case Study: The Oxbridge Textbooks
      • Unit 5: Openness
      1. Free and Open Source Software
      2. Types of Licenses
      3. Case Study: Curoverse
      4. Case Study: Open-Sorcerers
      5. Open Standards
      6. Principles
      7. Case Study: Digital Colonialism
      8. Open Content
      9. The Creative Commons System
      10. Wikipedia
      11. Open Access
      12. Case Study: Aaron Swartz
      13. Case Study: Rover Research
      14. Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities
      15. Open (Government) Data
      16. Definition
      17. Application Programming Interface (API) vs. Bulk Data
      18. Case Study: The Department of Agriculture, Maharashtra
      19. Case Study: Indian Water Portal
      • Unit 6: Universal Access and Service
      1. Types of Basic Services and Access in India
      2. Universal Access and Service Affordability
      3. USO Enabling Market Mechanisms
      4. Universal Service Obligation Fund
      5. Case Study: Sanchar Shakti
      6. Demographic Groups
      7. Case Study: Village Public Telephones
      8. Universal Service
      • Unit 7: Freedom of Expression
      1. Introduction
      2. Security of the State
      3. Case Study: Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council
      4. Relations with Foreign States and Sovereignty and Integrity of India
      5. Case Study
      6. Breach of Public Order
      7. Case Study: Viswaroopam
      8. Decency or Morality
      9. Case Study: IT Act Section 66A
      10. Contempt of Court
      11. Case Study: Trial by Media
      12. Defamation
      13. Case Study: Defamation
      14. Incitement to an Offence
      15. Case Study: Radio Ban
      16. Conclusion
      • Unit 8: Privacy
      1. Introduction
      2. Current  Policy for Internet Privacy in India
      3. Online Data Protection
      4. Online Surveillance and Access
      5. Justice A.P. Shah Report
      6. A Privacy Legislation for India
      7. Conclusion
        Module 3: Technologies and the Internet

        Description of the internet infrastructure, purpose and function of an ISP, advantages and disadvantages of different modes of Internet access.
        Network Layers

        • Unit 9: Critical Internet Resources
        1. Case Study: SITE Experiment
        2. Internet Exchanges
        3. Root Servers
        4. Backbone
        • Unit 10: Internet Service Provider (ISP)
        1. Choosing an ISP
        2. Internet Connection Types
        • Unit 11: Types of Internet Connections
        1. Wired Connections
        2. Wireless Connections
        3. Sources - Further Readings
        Module 4: Government Bodies, International Institutions and Other Mechanisms

        How Does Internet Governance Affect Me?

        • Unit 16: International Institutions
        1. International Telecommunication Union
        2. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
        3. World Intellectual Property Organization
        4. Case Study: WIPO
        5. Technological Protection Measures and Rights Management Information
        6. Internet Engineering Task Force
        7. World Wide Web Consortium

        Unit 17: Multi-stakeholder Mechanisms in Internet Governance

        1. World Summit on Information Society
        2. Working Group on Internet Governance
        3. Internet Governance Forum
        4. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
        5. Commission on Science and Technology for Development
        6. Summary
        7. Interviews

        Unit 18: Government and Regulatory Bodies

        1. India Internet Governance Forum
        2. Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal
        3. Case Study: Vodafone Mobile Services Limited v. Union of India
          Module 6: Investment and Ownership in Telecom and Broadband Market
          • Unit 21: Market Structure
          1. Unified Access License
          2. Investments
          3. Investment Policy
          4. Merger and Acquisition Policy
          5. Competition in the Market (Wired and Wireless Access)
          • Unit 22: Competition in the Market (Wired Access and Wireless Access)
          1. Players in the Market
          2. Mobile Wireless Market
          3. Tower Companies
          4. Broadband Internet Market
          5. Industry Growth and Phases of Competition
          6. Case Study: Monsoon Hungama - Reliance Infocom Market Entry
          7. Case Study: Hutch Network Follows Campaign
          8. Case Study: Price Wars and Making Service Affordable
          9. TRAI and TDSAT
          • Unit 23: Revenue Generation in Telecom and Broadband Market
          1. Revenue Generation through Direct Consumers
          2. Revenue Generation through Business Customers
          3. Revenue Generation through Partner Operators
          4. Shared Backhaul Infrastructure
          5. National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) in India
          6. Summary
            Module 7: Internet Users in India


            • Unit 24: Internet Users in India – Demographics and User Profiles
            • Unit 25: All Type and No Play made Jack a Dull Boy
            • Unit 26: Internet Usage: Digital Natives
            • Unit 27: Factors Affecting the Growth of Internet in India – The Digital Divide

            Social Media

            • Unit 28: Internet Access Points

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