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Does the Safe-Harbor Program Adequately Address Third Parties Online?
by Rebecca Schild published Apr 16, 2010 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:19 AM — filed under: , , , ,
While many citizens outside of the US and EU benefit from the data privacy provisions the Safe Harbor Program, it remains unclear how successfully the program can govern privacy practices when third-parties continue to gain more rights over personal data. Using Facebook as a site of analysis, I will attempt to shed light on the deficiencies of the framework for addressing the complexity of data flows in the online ecosystem.
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Blog Entry Feedback to the NIA Bill
by Elonnai Hickok published Jul 30, 2010 last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:14 AM — filed under: ,
Malavika Jayaram and Elonnai Hickok introduce the formal submission of CIS to the proposed National Identification Authority of India (NIA) Bill, 2010, which would give every resident a unique identity. The submissions contain the detailed comments on the draft bill and the high level summary of concerns with the NIA Bill submitted to the UIDAI on 13 July, 2010.
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Blog Entry Civil Liberties and the amended Information Technology Act, 2000
by Malavika Jayaram published Aug 05, 2010 last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:13 AM — filed under: ,
This post examines certain limitations of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (as amended in 2008). Malavika Jayaram points out the fact that when most countries of the world are adopting plain English instead of the conventional legal terminology for better understanding, India seems to be stuck in the old-fashioned method thereby, struggling to maintain a balance between clarity and flexibility in drafting its laws. The present Act, she says, is although an improvement over the old Act and seeks to address and improve on certain areas in the right direction but still comes up short in making necessary changes when it comes to fundamental rights and personal liberties. The new Act retains elements from the previous one making it an abnormal document and this could have been averted if there had been some attention to detail.
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Blog Entry UID Project in India - Some Possible Ramifications
by Liliyan published Aug 11, 2010 last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:13 AM — filed under:
Having a standard for decentralized ID verification rather than a centralized database that would more often than not be misused by various authorities will solve ID problems, writes Liliyan in this blog entry. These blog posts to be published in a series will voice the expert opinions of researchers and critics on the UID project and present its unique shortcomings to the reader.
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Blog Entry Does the Government want to enter our homes?
by Sunil Abraham published Aug 13, 2010 last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:12 AM — filed under:
When rogue politicians and bureaucrats are granted unrestricted access to information then the very future of democracy and free media will be in jeopardy. In an article published in the Pune Mirror on 10 August, 2010, Sunil Abraham examines this in light of the BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry messenger service that the Government of India plans to block if its makers do not allow the monitoring of messages. He says that civil society should rather resist and insist on suitable checks and balances like governmental transparency and a fair judicial oversight instead of allowing the government to intrude into the privacy and civil liberties of its citizens.
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Control Shift?
by Pranesh Prakash published Oct 08, 2009 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:22 AM — filed under: ,
The USA has ceded control of the Internet over to Icann, but only partially. (This post appeared as an article in Down to Earth, in the issue dated November 15, 2009.)
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Blog Entry CDT Provides Answers to Questions on Internet Neutrality
by Pranesh Prakash published Apr 26, 2011 last modified Jun 04, 2012 05:56 AM — filed under: ,
Pranesh Prakash of CIS asked David Sohn of CDT a few pointed questions on the emerging hot topic of 'Internet neutrality', and received very useful responses. Those questions and Mr. Sohn's responses are documented in this blog post.
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Blog Entry We are anonymous, we are legion
by Sunil Abraham published Apr 19, 2011 last modified Mar 21, 2012 09:38 AM — filed under:
Online anonymity is vital for creativity and entrepreneurship on the Web, writes Sunil Abraham. The article was published in the Hindu on April 18, 2011.
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Killing the Internet Softly with Its Rules
by Pranesh Prakash published May 25, 2011 last modified Aug 20, 2011 12:51 PM — filed under: , ,
While regulation of the Internet is a necessity, the Department of IT, through recent Rules under the IT Act, is guilty of over-regulation. This over-regulation is not only a bad idea, but is unconstitutional, and gravely endangers freedom of speech and privacy online.
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The Present — and Future — Dangers of India's Draconian New Internet Regulations
by Anja Kovacs published May 31, 2011 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:22 AM — filed under: , ,
The uproar surrounding India's Internet Control Rules makes clear that in the Internet age, as before, the active chilling of freedom of expression by the state is unacceptable in a democracy. Yet if India's old censorship regimes are to be maintained in this new context, the state will have little choice but to do just that. Are we ready to rethink the ways in which we deal with free speech and censorship as a society? Asks Anja Kovacs in this article, published in Caravan, 1 June 2011.
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