Centre for Internet & Society

National Health Stack: Data For Data’s Sake, A Manmade Health Hazard

by Murali Neelakantan, Swaraj Barooah, Swagam Dasgupta and Torsha Sarkar

On Oct. 5, 2017, an HIV positive woman was denied admission in Hyderabad’s Osmania General Hospital even though she was entitled to free treatment under India’s National AIDS Control Organisation programme. Another incident around the same time witnessed a 24-year-old pregnant woman at Tikamgarh district hospital in Madhya Pradesh being denied treatment by hospital doctors once she tested positive for HIV. The patient reportedly delivered the twins outside the maternity ward after she was turned away by the hospital, but her newborn twin girls died soon after.

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India's Contribution to Internet Governance Debates

by Sunil Abraham, Mukta Batra, Geetha Hariharan, Swaraj Barooah and Akriti Bopanna

India's Contribution to Internet Governance Debates", an article by Sunil Abraham, Mukta Batra, Geetha Hariharan, Swaraj Barooah and Akriti Bopanna, was recently published in the NLUD Student Law Journal, an annual peer-reviewed journal published by the National Law University, Delhi.

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Future of Work: Report of the ‘Workshop on the IT/IT-eS Sector and the Future of Work in India’

by Ambika Tandon

This report provides an overview of the proceedings and outcomes of the Workshop on the IT/IT-eS Sector and the Future of Work in India (hereinafter referred to as the “Workshop”), organised at Omidyar Networks’ office in Bangalore, on June 29, 2018.

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The National Health Stack: An Expensive, Temporary Placebo

by Murali Neelakantan, Swaraj Barooah, Swagam Dasgupta, and Torsha Sarkar

The year 2002 saw the introduction of a very ambitious National Program for Information Technology in the United Kingdom with the goal to transform the National Health Service — a pre-existing state-sponsored universal healthcare program. This would include a centralised, digital healthcare record for patients and secure access for 30,000 professionals across 300 hospitals.

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Spreading unhappiness equally around

by Sunil Abraham

The section of civil society opposed to Aadhaar is unhappy because the UIDAI and all other state agencies that wish to can process data non-consensually.

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Lining up the data on the Srikrishna Privacy Draft Bill

by Sunil Abraham

In the run-up to the Justice BN Srikrishna committee report, some stakeholders have advocated that consent be eliminated and replaced with stronger accountability obligations. This was rejected and the committee has released a draft bill that has consent as the bedrock just like the GDPR. And like the GDPR there exists legal basis for nonconsensual processing of data for the “functions of the state”. What does this mean for lawabiding persons?

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The Potential for the Normative Regulation of Cyberspace: Implications for India

by Pranav Manjesh Bidare

Author: Arindrajit Basu Edited by: Elonnai Hickok, Sunil Abraham and Udbhav Tiwari Research Assistance: Tejas Bharadwaj

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Anti-trafficking Bill may lead to censorship

by Swaraj Barooah and Gurshabad Grover

There are a few problematic provisions in the proposed legislation—it may severely impact freedom of expression.

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The Centre for Internet and Society’s Comments and Recommendations to the: Indian Privacy Code, 2018

by Shweta Mohandas, Elonnai Hickok, Amber Sinha and Shruti Trikanand

The debate surrounding privacy has in recent times gained momentum due to the Aadhaar judgement and the growing concerns around the use of personal data by corporations and governments.

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