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Blog Entry No more 66A!
by Geetha Hariharan published Mar 24, 2015 last modified Mar 26, 2015 02:01 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has struck down Section 66A. Today was a great day for freedom of speech on the Internet! When Section 66A was in operation, if you made a statement that led to offence, you could be prosecuted. We are an offence-friendly nation, judging by media reports in the last year. It was a year of book-bans, website blocking and takedown requests. Facebook’s Transparency Report showed that next to the US, India made the most requests for information about user accounts. A complaint under Section 66A would be a ground for such requests.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Intellectual Property Rights — Open Access for Researchers
by Nehaa Chaudhari published Mar 19, 2015 last modified Mar 24, 2015 01:22 AM — filed under: , , ,
In the year 2013, Nehaa Chaudhari had worked on a module on Intellectual Property Rights for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Open Access Curriculum (Curriculum for Researchers) as part of a project for the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia. UNESCO published the module this year. Nehaa Chaudhari and Varun Baliga were among the Module preparation team. Nehaa Chaudhari was the writer for Units 1, 2 and 3: Understanding Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright and Alternative to a Strict Copyright Regime.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Open Letter to Prime Minister Modi
by Rohini Lakshané published Feb 10, 2015 last modified Feb 14, 2016 04:39 AM — filed under: , , ,
After the government introduced the "Make in India" and "Digital India" programmes, the air is thick with the promise of reduced imports, new jobs, and goods for the domestic market. In light of the patent wars in India, the government can ill-afford to overlook the patent implications in indigenously manufactured mobile phones. CIS proposes that the Government of India initiate the formation of a patent pool of critical mobile technologies and a five percent compulsory license.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry National IPR Policy Series : CIS Comments to the First Draft of the National IP Policy
by Nehaa Chaudhari published Feb 04, 2015 last modified Feb 09, 2015 12:59 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India invited comments on the First Draft of India's National IPR Policy. The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) made this submission. The comments were prepared by Nehaa Chaudhari, Pranesh Prakash and Anubha Sinha. We also thank our intern, Varnika Chawla for her assistance.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Locating Constructs of Privacy within Classical Hindu Law
by Ashna Ashesh and Bhairav Acharya published Dec 29, 2014 last modified Jan 01, 2015 01:56 PM — filed under: , , ,
This white paper seeks to locate privacy in Classical Hindu Law, and by doing so, displace the notion that privacy is an inherently ‘Western’ concept that is the product of a modernist legal system.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Availability and Accessibility of Government Information in Public Domain
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 09, 2014 last modified Dec 30, 2014 01:25 AM — filed under: , , , ,
The information provided on most Government websites such as Acts, notifications, rules, orders, minutes of meetings and consultations, etc. is usually in the form of electronic documents. However, these lack authenticity and accessibility and cannot be (text) searched., This policy brief identifies the problem areas with the current work flow being used to publish documents and proposes suitable modifications to make them easy to locate, authentic and accessible.
Located in Accessibility / Blog
Blog Entry White Paper on RTI and Privacy V1.2
by Vipul Kharbanda published Nov 09, 2014 — filed under: , , ,
This white paper explores the relationship between privacy and transparency in the context of the right to information in India. Analysing pertinent case law and legislation - the paper highlights how the courts and the law in India address questions of transparency vs. privacy.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions: Mapping the Stakeholders' Response
by Nehaa Chaudhari published Oct 29, 2014 last modified Jan 05, 2015 05:01 PM — filed under: , , ,
The procedure and tests surrounding software patenting in India have remained ambiguous since the Parliament introduced the term “per se” through the Patent (Amendment) Act, 2002. In 2013, the Indian Patent Office released Draft Guidelines for the Examination of Computer Related Inventions, in an effort to clarify some of the ambiguity. Through this post, CIS intern, Shashank Singh, analyses the various responses by the stakeholders to these Guidelines and highlights the various issues put forth in the responses.
Located in Access to Knowledge / Blogs
Blog Entry Big Data and Positive Social Change in the Developing World: A White Paper for Practitioners and Researchers
by Nishant Shah published Oct 01, 2014 — filed under: , , , , ,
I was a part of a working group writing a white paper on big data and social change, over the last six months. This white paper was produced by a group of activists, researchers and data experts who met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre to discuss the question of whether, and how, big data is becoming a resource for positive social change in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Expanding the World of Telugu Wikipedia – CIS-A2K and ALC join hands
by T Vishnu Vardhan and Rahmanuddin Shaik published Sep 17, 2014 last modified Sep 30, 2014 05:11 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Students and faculty of Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada aim to enhance Telugu Wikipedia through increased contributions to Wikipedia and make it available under free license.
Located in Openness / Blog