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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.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
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.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Call, text, email complaint against rogue auto driver
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 08, 2010 last modified Apr 02, 2011 10:45 AM — filed under:
Harassed by an auto driver? Helplines give you no relief? Here's the people's way to help you out. Just report your issue online, call or even SMS sitting in a noisy restaurant, and be heard.
Located in News & Media
Digital Activism and Online Advocacy: Experiences from the Tibetan Freedom Movement – A Talk by Shibayan Raha
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 06, 2010 last modified Sep 23, 2011 05:46 AM — filed under:
A talk on the role of digital activism, online advocacy and use of social media in the Tibetan freedom struggle by Shibayan Raha at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore on 9 August, 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.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
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.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
More Debate on UID Project Needed
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 28, 2010 last modified Apr 02, 2011 11:13 AM — filed under:
A press conference on UID was held at the Press Club in Bangalore on 26 July, 2010. It was co-organised by Citizen's Action Forum, Alternate Law Forum and the Centre for Internet and Society. Mathew Thomas and Vinay Baindur spoke about the UID. Proceedings from the conference was covered in the Hindu on 27 July, 2010.
Located in News & Media
UID coverage in Udayavani
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 28, 2010 last modified Apr 02, 2011 11:13 AM — filed under:
A press conference was held at the Press Club in Bangalore on 26 July, 2010. It was co-organised by Citizen's Action Forum, Alternate Law Forum and the Centre for Internet and Society. Mathew Thomas and Vinay Baindur were the speakers. Leading Kannada newspaper Udayavani covered this event.
Located in News & Media
June 2010 Bulletin
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 23, 2010 last modified Aug 10, 2012 09:38 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Greetings from the Centre for Internet & Society. We bring you updates of our research, news and media coverage, information on events for the month of June 2010.
Located in About Us / Newsletters
Networking? Not working
by Prasad Krishna published Jul 15, 2010 last modified Apr 02, 2011 11:12 AM — filed under:
Concerns about privacy, wastage of time and trivialized communication are some reasons ‘refuseniks’ are going off sites such as Facebook and MySpace, writes Shreya Ray in Livemint.
Located in News & Media