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Why Geospatial Bill is draconian and how it will hurt startups
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 02, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Last week, the Indian government rejected Google’s plans to map Indian cities, tourist spots and mountain ranges, using the 360-degree panoramic Google Street View feature.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Cyberstalkers, the new bullies in town
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 04, 2016 — filed under:
The advent of social media and an increase in accessibility has led to increasing concerns with regard to cyber safety.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Big Data Governance Frameworks for 'Data Revolution for Sustainable Development'
by Meera Manoj published Jul 05, 2016 last modified Jul 05, 2016 01:13 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
A key component of the process to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is the call for a global 'data revolution' to better understand, monitor, and implement development interventions. Recently there has been several international proposals to use big data, along with reconfigured national statistical systems, to operationalise this 'data revolution for sustainable development.' This analysis by Meera Manoj highlights the different models of collection, management, sharing, and governance of global development data that are being discussed.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
FB & Google have already monopolised Indian cyberspace
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 07, 2016 last modified Jul 08, 2016 03:59 PM — filed under: , , ,
In an interview with Catch, Sunil Abraham, executive director of Center for Internet & Society, puts the recent US-India cyber relationship framework into perspective. Abraham also talks about how Indian surveillance policies are outdated and why the country has failed to check the hegemonic tendencies of companies like Facebook and Google.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Flashpoint #TrollControl: Maneka versus NCW
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 09, 2016 — filed under: ,
Amidst the debate over controlling online trolls - the proposal by Union Women and Child Development Minister to curb violence against women on the internet has triggered a fight between the minister and the National Commission for Women (NCW).
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
India No Haven For Net Freedom But It Did Not Oppose UN Move on Internet Rights
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 09, 2016 — filed under: ,
India hasn’t had the best record when it comes to Internet rights. The country regularly carries out Internet shutdowns under flimsy pretexts, is still fumbling when it comes to the drafting of a comprehensive privacy bill, and most recently came out with a geospatial information regulation bill that would establish ownership over all forms of location data.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
India may not be guilty of opposing UN move to save internet rights
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 09, 2016 — filed under: ,
India is a democratic country, but the standards for freedom of expression promised to us—online and offline—are highly questionable, especially with online content being censured and comedians being threatened to be arrested for sedition.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Trans Pacific Partnership and Digital 2 Dozen: Implications for Data Protection and Digital Privacy
by Shubhangi Heda published Jul 12, 2016 last modified Jul 12, 2016 07:56 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
In this essay, Shubhangi Heda explores the concerns related to data protection and digital privacy under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement signed recently between United States of America and eleven countries located around the pacific ocean region, across South America, Australia, and Asia. TPP is a free trade agreement (FTA) that emphasises, among other things, the need for liberalising global digital economy. The essay also analyses the critical document titled ‘Digital 2 Dozen’ (D2D), which compiles the key action items within TPP addressing liberalisation of digital economy, and sets up the relevant goals for the member nations.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Place for a safety net
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 13, 2016 — filed under: ,
Vinupriya took her life last week, humiliated by the morphed images of her naked body posted on a social media site. Experts warn that the spike in Internet traffic brings with it an increase in online sexual crimes. Measures must be taken urgently to save lives, they tell T.V. Jayan.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Tamil Nadu likely to hold Facebook accountable for suicide case
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 13, 2016 — filed under: , ,
The recent suicide of a 21-year-old woman from Salem district in Tamil Nadu over her morphed pictures being uploaded on Facebook could turn into a flash-point between the state police and the world's most-popular social networking site.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media