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Blog Entry FAQ on the Aadhaar Project and the Bill
by Elonnai Hickok, Vanya Rakesh, and Vipul Kharbanda published Apr 13, 2016 last modified Apr 13, 2016 02:06 PM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
This FAQ attempts to address the key questions regarding the Aadhaar/UIDAI project and the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 (henceforth, Bill). This is neither a comprehensive list of questions, nor does it contain fully developed answers. We will continue to add questions to this list, and edit/expand the answers, based on our ongoing research. We will be grateful to receive your comments, criticisms, evidences, edits, suggestions for new answers, and any other responses. These can either be shared as comments in the document hosted on Google Drive, or via tweets sent to the information policy team at @CIS_InfoPolicy.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Analysis of Aadhaar Act in the Context of A.P. Shah Committee Principles
by Vipul Kharbanda published Mar 17, 2016 last modified Mar 17, 2016 07:43 PM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
Whilst there are a number of controversies relating to the Aadhaar Act including the fact that it was introduced in a manner so as to circumvent the majority of the opposition in the upper house of the Parliament and that it was rushed through the Lok Sabha in a mere eight days, in this paper we shall discuss the substantial aspects of the Act in relation to privacy concerns which have been raised by a number of experts. In October 2012, the Group of Experts on Privacy constituted by the Planning Commission under the chairmanship of Justice AP Shah Committee submitted its report which listed nine principles of privacy which all legislations, especially those dealing with personal should adhere to. In this paper, we shall discuss how the Aadhaar Act fares vis-à-vis these nine principles.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry List of Recommendations on the Aadhaar Bill, 2016 - Letter Submitted to the Members of Parliament
by Amber Sinha, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Sunil Abraham, and Vanya Rakesh published Mar 16, 2016 last modified Mar 21, 2016 08:50 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
On Friday, March 11, the Lok Sabha passed the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016. The Bill was introduced as a money bill and there was no public consultation to evaluate the provisions therein even though there are very serious ramifications for the Right to Privacy and the Right to Association and Assembly. Based on these concerns, and numerous others, we submitted an initial list of recommendations to the Members of Parliaments to highlight the aspects of the Bill that require immediate attention.
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Blog Entry Flaws in the UIDAI Process
by Hans Varghese Mathews published Mar 06, 2016 last modified Mar 06, 2016 10:40 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
The accuracy of biometric identification depends on the chance of a false positive: the probability that the identifiers of two persons will match. Individuals whose identifiers match might be termed duplicands. When very many people are to be identified success can be measured by the (low) proportion of duplicands. The Government of India is engaged upon biometrically identifying the entire population of India. An experiment performed at an early stage of the programme has allowed us to estimate the chance of a false positive: and from that to estimate the proportion of duplicands. For the current population of 1.2 billion the expected proportion of duplicands is 1/121, a ratio which is far too high.
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Blog Entry Comments by the Centre for Internet and Society on the Report of the Committee on Medium Term Path on Financial Inclusion
by Vipul Kharbanda published Feb 27, 2016 last modified Mar 01, 2016 01:53 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
Apart from item-specific suggestions, CIS would like to make one broad comment with regard to the suggestions dealing with linking of Aadhaar numbers with bank accounts. Aadhaar is increasingly being used by the government in various departments as a means to prevent fraud, however there is a serious dearth of evidence to suggest that Aadhaar linkage actually prevents leakages in government schemes. The same argument would be applicable when Aadhaar numbers are sought to be utilized to prevent leakages in the banking sector.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Facebook Shares 10 Key Facts about Free Basics. Here's What's Wrong with All 10 of Them.
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 25, 2015 last modified Dec 25, 2015 02:59 PM — filed under: , , , ,
Shweta Sengar of Catch News spoke to Sunil Abraham about the recent advertisement by Facebook titled "What Net Neutrality Activists won't Tell You or, the Top 10 Facts about Free Basics". Sunil argued against the validity of all the 'top 10 facts'.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Smart Cities in India: An Overview
by Vanya Rakesh published Dec 21, 2015 last modified Jan 11, 2016 01:30 AM — filed under: , ,
The Government of India is in the process of developing 100 smart cities in India which it sees as the key to the country's economic and social growth. This blog post gives an overview of the Smart Cities project currently underway in India. The smart cities mission in India is at a nascent stage and an evolving area for research. The Centre for Internet and Society will continue work in this area.
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Blog Entry CIS's Position on Net Neutrality
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 04, 2015 last modified Dec 09, 2015 01:06 PM — filed under: , , ,
As researchers committed to the principle of pluralism we rarely produce institutional positions. This is also because we tend to update our positions based on research outputs. But the lack of clarity around our position on network neutrality has led some stakeholders to believe that we are advocating for forbearance. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Please see below for the current articulation of our common institutional position.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Crowdsourcing Incidents of Communication Privacy Violation in India
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Oct 16, 2015 last modified Oct 16, 2015 10:49 AM — filed under: , ,
In the context of several ongoing threads of debates and policy discussions, we are initiating this effort to crowdsource incidents of violation of digital/online/telephonic privacy of persons and organisations in India. The full list of submitted incidents is publicly shared, under Creative Commons Attributions-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. Please contribute and share with your friends and colleagues.
Located in Internet Governance
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.
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