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Automated Facial Recognition Systems and the Mosaic Theory of Privacy: The Way Forward

Posted by Arindrajit Basu, Siddharth Sonkar at Jan 02, 2020 02:12 PM |

Arindrajit Basu and Siddharth Sonkar have co-written this blog as the third of their three-part blog series on AI Policy Exchange under the parent title: Is there a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy from Data Aggregation by Automated Facial Recognition Systems?

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Automated Facial Recognition Systems (AFRS): Responding to Related Privacy Concerns

Posted by Arindrajit Basu, Siddharth Sonkar at Jan 02, 2020 02:09 PM |

Arindrajit Basu and Siddharth Sonkar have co-written this blog as the second of their three-part blog series on AI Policy Exchange under the parent title: Is there a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy from Data Aggregation by Automated Facial Recognition Systems?

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Decrypting Automated Facial Recognition Systems (AFRS) and Delineating Related Privacy Concerns

Posted by Arindrajit Basu, Siddharth Sonkar at Jan 02, 2020 02:00 PM |

Arindrajit Basu and Siddharth Sonkar have co-written this blog as the first of their three-part blog series on AI Policy Exchange under the parent title: Is there a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy from Data Aggregation by Automated Facial Recognition Systems?

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Extra-Territorial Surveillance and the Incapacitation of Human Rights

Posted by Arindrajit Basu at Dec 31, 2019 10:55 AM |

This paper was published in Volume 12 (2) of the NUJS Law Review.

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ICANN takes one step forward in its human rights and accountability commitments

Posted by Akriti Bopanna and Ephraim Percy Kenyanito at Dec 17, 2019 01:55 PM |

Akriti Bopanna and Ephraim Percy Kenyanito take a look at ICANN's Implementation Assessment Report for the Workstream 2 recommendations and break down the key human rights considerations in it. Akriti chairs the Cross Community Working Party on Human Rights at ICANN and Ephraim works on Human Rights and Business for Article 19, leading their ICANN engagement.

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Call for Comments: Model Security Standards for the Indian Fintech Industry

The Centre for Internet and Society is pleased to make available the Draft document of Model Security Standards for the Indian Fintech Industry, for feedback and comments from all stakeholders. The objective of this document which was first published in November 2019, is to ensure that the data of users is dealt with in a secure and safe manner by the Fintech Industry, and that smaller businesses in the Fintech industry have a specific standard to look at in order to limit their liabilities for any future breaches.

We invite any parties interested in the field of technology policy, including but not limited to lawyers, policy researchers, and engineers, to send in your feedback/comments on the draft document by the 16th of January 2020. We intend to publish our final draft by the end of January 2020. We look forward to receiving your contributions to make this document more comprehensive and effective. Please find a copy of the draft document here.

In Twitter India’s Arbitrary Suspensions, a Question of What Constitutes a Public Space

Posted by Torsha Sarkar at Dec 12, 2019 04:54 PM |

A discussion is underway about the way social media platforms may have to operate within the tenets of constitutional protections of free speech.

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A Deep Dive into Content Takedown Timeframes

Since the 1990s, internet usage has seen a massive growth, facilitated in part, by growing importance of intermediaries, that act as gateways to the internet. Intermediaries such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs), web-hosting providers, social-media platforms and search engines provide key services which propel social, economic and political development. However, these developments are also offset by instances of users engaging with the platforms in an unlawful manner. The scale and openness of the internet makes regulating such behaviour challenging, and in turn pose several interrelated policy questions.

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Project on Gender, Health Communications and Online Activism with City University

Posted by Ambika Tandon at Nov 28, 2019 02:00 PM |
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CIS is a partner on the project 'Gender, Health Communications and Online Activism in the Digital Age'. The project is lead by Dr. Carolina Matos, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Media in the Department of Sociology at City University.

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Blockchain: A primer for India

Posted by Anusha Madhusudhan at Nov 18, 2019 09:55 AM |

This paper aims to provide a comprehensive review of existing research and major debates surrounding Blockchain technology and its developments in select jurisdictions with a specific focus on India.

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India’s Role in Global Cyber Policy Formulation

Posted by Arindrajit Basu at Nov 13, 2019 02:13 PM |

The past year has seen vigorous activity on the domestic cyber policy front in India. On key issues—including intermediary liability, data localization and e-commerce—the government has rolled out a patchwork of regulatory policies, resulting in battle lines being drawn by governments, industry and civil society actors both in India and across the globe.

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CIS’ Comments to the Christchurch Call

Posted by Tanaya Rajwade, Elonnai Hickok, and Raouf Kundil Peedikayil at Oct 31, 2019 09:05 AM |

In the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron co-chaired the Christchurch Call to Action in May 2018 to “bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism.”

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Through the looking glass: Analysing transparency reports

Posted by Torsha Sarkar, Suhan S and Gurshabad Grover at Oct 30, 2019 04:10 PM |

An analysis of companies' transparency reports for government requests for user data and content removal

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Department of Labour Interaction Program: Online Business Platforms

Posted by Bharath Gururagavendran at Oct 29, 2019 06:05 AM |

The Department of Labour convened an interaction program of sorts at Vikas Soudha in Bangalore on 21st October, 2019 to hear the issues plaguing the emergent gig economy.

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Comments to the Code on Social Security, 2019

Posted by Aayush Rathi , Amruta Mahuli and Ambika Tandon at Oct 27, 2019 03:57 AM |

This submission presents a response by researchers at the Centre for Internet & Society, India (CIS) to the draft Code on Social Security, 2019 (hereinafter “ Draft Code ”) prepared by the Government of India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment.

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Comments to the United Nations Human Rights Commission Report on Gender and Privacy

Posted by Aayush Rathi, Ambika Tandon and Pallavi Bedi at Oct 24, 2019 04:25 AM |

This submission to UNHRC presents a response by researchers at the CIS to ‘gender issues arising in the digital era and their impacts on women, men and individuals of diverse sexual orientations gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics’. It was prepared by Aayush Rathi, Ambika Tandon, and Pallavi Bedi in response to a report of consultation by a thematic taskforce established by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy on ‘Privacy and Personality’ (hereafter, HRC Gender Report).

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“Politics by other means”: Fostering positive contestation and charting ‘red lines’ through global governance in cyberspace

Posted by Arindrajit Basu at Oct 20, 2019 06:55 AM |

The past year has been a busy one for the fermentation of global governance efforts in cyberspace with multiple actors-states, industry, and civil society spearheading a variety of initiatives. Given the multiplicity of actors, ideologies, and vested interests at play in this ecosystem, any governance initiative will be, by default, political, and desirably so.

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The Mother and Child Tracking System - understanding data trail in the Indian healthcare systems

Reproductive health programmes in India have been digitising extensive data about pregnant women for over a decade, as part of multiple health information systems. These can be seen as precursors to current conceptions of big data systems within health informatics. In this article, published by Privacy International, Ambika Tandon presents some findings from a recently concluded case study of the MCTS as an example of public data-driven initiatives in reproductive health in India.

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Farming the Future: Deployment of Artificial Intelligence in the agricultural sector in India

Posted by Elonnai Hickok, Arindrajit Basu, Siddharth Sonkar and Pranav M B at Oct 16, 2019 01:41 PM |

This case study was published as a chapter in the joint UNESCAP-Google publication titled Artificial Intelligence in Public Service Delivery. The chapter in its final form would not have been possible without the efforts and very useful interventions by our colleagues at Digital Asia Hub,Google, and UNESCAP.

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We need a better AI vision

We need a better AI vision

Posted by Arindrajit Basu at Oct 14, 2019 01:55 PM |

Artificial intelligence conjures up a wondrous world of autonomous processes but dystopia is inevitable unless rights and privacy are protected.

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