Centre for Internet & Society

A Critical Look at the Visual Representation of Cybersecurity

by Paromita Bathija, Padmini Ray Murray, and Saumyaa Naidu

The Centre for Internet and Society and design collective Design Beku came together on the 15th of November for a workshop on Illustrations and Visual Representations of Cybersecurity. Images in the public sphere such as visuals in the media, Wikipedia commons, and stock images - play a vital role in the public’s perception of cybercrime and cybersecurity.

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Cyberspace and External Affairs:A Memorandum for India Summary

by Arindrajit Basu and Elonnai Hickok

This memorandum seeks to summarise the state of the global debate in cyberspace; outline how India can craft it’s global strategic vision and finally, provides a set of recommendations for the MEA as they craft their cyber diplomacy strategy.

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Regulating the Internet: The Government of India & Standards Development at the IETF

by Aayush Rathi

The institution of open standards is as a formidable regulatory regime governing the Internet while facilitating its growth as a network of networks. As a nation digitising rapidly and facing concerns in cybersecurity and Internet governance, there is a need for the Government of India to meaningfully participate at standards development organisations to represent the interests of the Indian populace and become a voice for the global South.

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ICANN Workstream 2 Recommendations on Accountability

by Akriti Bopanna

One of the most significant initiatives to improve the accountability of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) commenced in 2014, when the Cross Community Working Group on Accountability was created. Its role was to develop a set of proposed enhancements to ICANN’s accountability to the global Internet community. This resulted in the first Work Stream (WS1) recommendations, which were eventually approved and incorporated into the bylaws of ICANN in 2016. These included a provision expressing the need for a second WS since the first one, done on a tight deadline,did not cover all the requisite issues. Instead WS1 only focused on issues that were needed to complete the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority(IANA) transition.

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Budapest Convention and the Information Technology Act

by Vipul Kharbanda

The Convention on Cybercrime adopted in Budapest (“Convention”) is the fist and one of the most important multilateral treaties addressing the issue of internet and computer crimes.

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DIDP #32 On ICANN's Fellowship Program

by Akriti Bopanna

In furtherance of its capacity building functions, ICANN selects Fellows for every public meeting. These are individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities who are trained to become active participants in the ICANN community.

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Lessons from US response to cyber attacks

by Arindrajit Basu

Publicly attributing the attacks to a state or non-state actor is vital for building a credible cyber deterrence strategy.

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Conceptualizing an International Security Regime for Cyberspace

by Elonnai Hickok and Arindrajit Basu

This paper was published as part of the Briefings from the Research and Advisory Group (RAG) of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) for the Full Commission Meeting held at Bratislava in 2018.

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Discrimination in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Arindrajit Basu

The dawn of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been celebrated by both government and industry across the globe. AI offers the potential to augment many existing bureaucratic processes and improve human capacity, if implemented in accordance with principles of the rule of law and international human rights norms. Unfortunately, AI-powered solutions have often been implemented in ways that have resulted in the automation, rather than mitigation, of existing societal inequalities.

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377 Bites the Dust: Unpacking the long and winding road to the judicial decriminalization of homosexuality in India

by Agnidipto Tarafder and Arindrajit Basu

An informal case comment tracing the journey and assessing the societal implications the recent 377 (Navtej Johar v Union of India).

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