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Blog Entry Workshop Report - UIDAI and Welfare Services: Exclusion and Countermeasures
by Vanya Rakesh published Dec 14, 2016 last modified Mar 16, 2019 04:34 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
This report presents summarised notes from a workshop organised by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) on Saturday, August 27, 2016, to discuss, raise awareness of, and devise countermeasures to exclusion due to implementation of UID-based verification for and distribution of welfare services.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Right to Food Campaign, Ranchi Convention, 2016
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Sep 26, 2016 last modified Mar 16, 2019 04:40 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
The Right to Food Campaign held its 2016 Convention in Ranchi during September 23-25, 2016. While three years have elapsed since the passage of the National Food Security Act, despite improvements in the Public Distribution System (PDS), large implementation gaps remain. This is what the Convention focused on, and gathered researchers and campaigners from across the country to share experiences and case studies on effectiveness and exclusions from the PDS. Sumandro Chattapadhyay took part in a session of the Convention to discuss how UID-linked welfare delivery is being rolled out across key programmes like provision of pension and rationed distribution of essential commodities, and their impact on people's right to welfare services.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Is CMS a Compromise of Your Security?
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 15, 2013 — filed under: , ,
By secretly monitoring and recording all Indians through a Central Monitoring System, our government will end up making citizens and businesses less safe.
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Blog Entry The Constitutionality of Indian Surveillance Law: Public Emergency as a Condition Precedent for Intercepting Communications
by Bedavyasa Mohanty published Jul 04, 2014 last modified Aug 04, 2014 04:52 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
Bedavyasa Mohanty analyses the nuances of interception of communications under the Indian Telegraph Act and the Indian Post Office Act. In this post he explores the historical bases of surveillance law in India and examines whether the administrative powers of intercepting communications are Constitutionally compatible.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Who Governs the Internet? Implications for Freedom and National Security
by Sunil Abraham published Apr 04, 2014 last modified Apr 05, 2014 04:23 PM — filed under: , ,
The second half of last year has been quite momentous for Internet governance thanks to Edward Snowden. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff became aware that they were targets of US surveillance for economic not security reasons. They protested loudly.
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Indian PM Narendra Modi’s digital dream gets bad reception
by Prasad Krishna published Sep 29, 2015 — filed under: , ,
As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Silicon Valley’s most powerful chief executives this week how his government “attacked poverty by using the power of networks and mobile phones’’, the entire population of the state of Kashmir remained offline — by order of the state.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Mastering the Art of Keeping Indians Under Surveillance
by Bhairav Acharya published May 30, 2015 last modified Aug 23, 2015 12:26 PM — filed under: , ,
In its first year in office, the National Democratic Alliance government has been notably silent on the large-scale surveillance projects it has inherited. This ended last week amidst reports the government is hastening to complete the Central Monitoring System (CMS) within the year.
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Govt to keep Aadhaar record for 7 years, activists worried
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 17, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
The government will keep for seven years a record of all the services and benefits availed using the Aadhaar number, say new rules, prompting fears that the database could be used for surveillance.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry UN Human Rights Council urged to protect human rights online
by Geetha Hariharan published Jun 19, 2014 — filed under: , , , , ,
63 civil society groups urged the UN Human Rights Council to address global challenges to freedom of expression, privacy and other human rights on the Internet. Centre for Internet & Society joined in the statement, delivered on behalf of the 63 groups by Article 19.
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Blog Entry WSIS+10 High Level Event: A Bird's Eye Report
by Geetha Hariharan published Jun 20, 2014 last modified Jun 20, 2014 03:57 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The WSIS+10 High Level was organised by the ITU and collaborative UN entities on June 9-13, 2014. It aimed to evaluate the progress on implementation of WSIS Outcomes from Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005, and to envision a post-2015 Development Agenda. Geetha Hariharan attended the event on CIS' behalf.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog