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Blog Entry Online Pre-Censorship is Harmful and Impractical
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 12, 2011 05:00 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal wants Internet intermediaries to pre-censor content uploaded by their users. Pranesh Prakash takes issue with this and explains why this is a problem, even if the government's heart is in the right place. Further, he points out that now is the time to take action on the draconian IT Rules which are before the Parliament.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry Open Call for Comments: The Privacy Protection Bill 2013 drafted by the Centre for Internet and Society
by Bhairav Acharya published Feb 25, 2014 — filed under: , ,
The Centre for Internet and Society is announcing an Open Call for Comments to the CIS Privacy Protection Bill 2013.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Open Data and Land Ownership
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published May 22, 2019 last modified May 22, 2019 11:32 AM — filed under: , ,
In this chapter of the recently published volume on State of Open Data, Tim Davies and Sumandro Chattapadhyay discuss how the lessons from the land ownership field highlight the political nature of data, and illustrate the importance of politically aware interventions when creating open data standards, infrastructure, and ecosystems. State of Open Data, edited by Tim Davies, Stephen B. Walker, Mor Rubinstein, and Fernando Perini, is published by African Minds and International Development Research Centre, Canada.
Located in Openness
Blog Entry Open Data Hackathons are Great, but Address Privacy and License Concerns
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Feb 05, 2016 last modified Feb 05, 2016 08:37 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
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.
Located in Openness
Blog Entry Open Data Intermediaries in Developing Countries - A Synthesis Report
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Jun 16, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
The roles of intermediaries in open data is insufficiently explored; open data intermediaries are often presented as single and simple linkages between open data supply and use. This synthesis research paper offers a more socially nuanced approach to open data intermediaries using the theoretical framework of Bourdieu’s social model, in particular, his concept of species of capital as informing social interaction... Because no single intermediary necessarily has all the capital available to link effectively to all sources of power in a field, multiple intermediaries with complementary configurations of capital are more likely to connect between power nexuses. This study concludes that consideration needs to be given to the presence of multiple intermediaries in an open data ecosystem, each of whom may possess different forms of capital to enable the use and unlock the potential impact of open data.
Located in Openness / Blog
Blog Entry Open Government Data in India (v2)
by Pranesh Prakash published Aug 19, 2011 last modified Dec 14, 2012 10:25 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The first draft of the second version of the Open Government Data Report is now online. Nisha Thompson worked on updating the first version of the report. This updated version of the report on open government data in India includes additional case studies as well as a potential policy (National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy) that would create a central government data portal. The report was distributed for peer review and public feedback.
Located in Openness / Blog
Blog Entry Open Government Data Study
by Pranesh Prakash published May 20, 2011 last modified Sep 03, 2015 08:08 AM — filed under: , , ,
CIS produced a report on the state of open government data in India, looking at policy, infrastructure, and particular case studies, as well as emerging concerns, future strategies and recommendations. The report is authored by Glover Wright, Pranesh Prakash, Sunil Abraham, and Nishant Shah. We are grateful to the Transparency and Accountability Initiative for providing generous funding for this report.
Located in Openness / Blog
Blog Entry Open Letter to PM Modi on Intellectual Property Rights issues on His Visit to the United States of America in September, 2015
by Pranesh Prakash and Nehaa Chaudhari published Sep 23, 2015 last modified Sep 25, 2015 06:43 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This is an open letter by CIS to the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in light of his impending visit to the USA. This letter asks the Prime Minister to urge the USA to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty; and asks that India not be a party to TPP negotiations, in light of recent reports on a study encouraging India to join the TPP.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Open Letter to Prime Minister Modi
by Rohini Lakshané published Feb 10, 2015 last modified Feb 14, 2016 04:39 AM — filed under: , , ,
After the government introduced the "Make in India" and "Digital India" programmes, the air is thick with the promise of reduced imports, new jobs, and goods for the domestic market. In light of the patent wars in India, the government can ill-afford to overlook the patent implications in indigenously manufactured mobile phones. CIS proposes that the Government of India initiate the formation of a patent pool of critical mobile technologies and a five percent compulsory license.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Overview and Concerns Regarding the Indian Draft DNA Profiling Act
by GeneWatch UK & the Council for Responsible Genetics, US published Jul 11, 2012 — filed under: ,
The Indian Code of Criminal Procedure was amended in 2005 to enable the collection of a host of medical details from accused persons upon their arrest. Section 53 of the Cr.PC provides that upon arrest, an accused person may be subjected to a medical examination if there are “reasonable grounds for believing” that such examination will afford evidence as to the crime.
Located in Internet Governance