Centre for Internet & Society

What is the problem with ‘Ethical AI’? An Indian Perspective

Posted by Arindrajit Basu and Pranav M.B. at Jul 21, 2019 02:57 PM |

On 22 May 2019, the OECD member countries adopted the OECD Council Recommendation on Artificial Intelligence. The Principles, meant to provide an “ethical framework” for governing Artificial Intelligence (AI), were the first set of guidelines signed by multiple governments, including non-OECD members: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, and Romania.

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Old Isn't Always Gold: FaceApp and Its Privacy Policies

Posted by Mira Swaminathan and Shweta Reddy at Jul 21, 2019 01:40 PM |

Leaving aside the Red Scare for a moment, FaceApp's own rebuttal of privacy worries are highly problematic in nature.

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DIDP #34 On granular detail on ICANN's budget for policy development process

Posted by Akriti Bopanna at Jul 06, 2019 01:23 AM |
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ICANN has Advisory Committees which help guide the policy recommendations that the ICANN community develops while its Supporting Organizations are charged with developing policy recommendations for a particular aspect of ICANN's operations. Supporting Organizations are composed of volunteers from the community. ICANN publishes a combined budget for all these bodies under the head of policy development and CIS inquired about the financial resources allocated to each of them specifically.

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The Impact of Consolidation in the Internet Economy on the Evolution of the Internet

Posted by Akriti Bopanna and Gurshabad Grover at Jul 03, 2019 12:53 PM |

The Centre for Internet and Society in partnership with the Internet Society organized an event on the impact of consolidation in the Internet economy. It was divided into two roundtable discussions, the first one focusing on the policies and regulation while the latter dealt with the technical evolution of the Internet. This report contributed to the Internet Society’s 2019 Global Internet Report on Consolidation in the Internet Economy.

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Picking ‘Wholes’ - Thinking in Systems Workshop

Posted by Saumyaa Naidu at May 29, 2019 09:00 PM |

A System's Thinking masterclass was conducted by Dinesh Korjan on 27th and 28th May in the CIS Delhi office.

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Announcement of a Three-Region Research Alliance on the Appropriate Use of Digital Identity

Omidyar Network has recently announced its decision to invest in establishment of a three-region research alliance — to be co-led by the Institute for Technology & Society (ITS), Brazil, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) , Kenya, and the CIS, India — on the Appropriate Use of Digital Identity. As part of this Alliance, we at the CIS will look at the policy objectives of digital identity projects, how technological policy choices can be thought through to meet the objectives, and how legitimate uses of a digital identity framework may be evaluated.

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Workshop on Feminist Information Infrastructure

Posted by Ambika Tandon at May 09, 2019 04:35 PM |
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The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) organised a workshop on feminist infrastructure in collaboration with Blank Noise and Sangama, on 29th October, 2018. The purpose of the workshop was to disseminate the findings from a two-month long project being undertaken by researchers at Blank Noise and Sangama, with research support and training from CIS.

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Will the WTO Finally Tackle the ‘Trump’ Card of National Security?

Posted by Arindrajit Basu at May 08, 2019 02:22 PM |
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The election of Donald Trump has marked a foundational challenge to the rules-based international order based on “free and fair trade”.

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An Analysis of the RBI’s Draft Framework on Regulatory Sandbox for Fintech

Posted by Vipul Kharbanda at May 08, 2019 01:57 PM |

The term Fintech is generally used to describe innovative technology and technological processes being used in the financial services sector.

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Why the TikTok ban is worrying

Posted by Gurshabad Grover at May 05, 2019 10:11 AM |
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Rather than critically examining the infringement of liberties by the political executive, the Indian courts are becoming an additional threat to the right to freedom of expression, which we must be increasingly wary of.

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How privacy fares in the 2019 election manifestos | Opinion

Posted by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon at May 02, 2019 01:49 AM |

We now have a rights-based language around privacy in the mainstream political discourse but that’s where it ends.

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FinTech in India: A Study of Privacy and Security Commitments

Posted by Aayush Rathi and Shweta Mohandas at Apr 30, 2019 10:00 PM |

The unprecedented growth of the fintech space in India has concomitantly come with regulatory challenges around inter alia privacy and security concerns. This report studies the privacy policies of 48 fintech companies operating in India to better understand some of these concerns.

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International Cooperation in Cybercrime: The Budapest Convention

In today’s increasingly digitized world where an increasing volume of information is being stored in the digital format, access to data generated by digital technologies and on digital platforms is important in solving crimes online and offline.

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CIS Response to ICANN's proposed renewal of .org Registry

Posted by Akriti Bopanna at Apr 28, 2019 02:16 AM |

We thank ICANN for the opportunity to comment on this issue of its proposed renewal of the .org Registry Agreement with the operator, Public Interest Registry (PIR). Supporting much of the community , we too find severe issues with the proposed agreement. These centre around the removal of price caps and imposing obligations being currently deliberated in an ongoing Policy Development Process (PDP).

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To preserve freedoms online, amend the IT Act

To preserve freedoms online, amend the IT Act

Look into the mechanisms that allow the government and ISPs to carry out online censorship without accountability.

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Programme Officer - Privacy

Posted by Amber Sinha at Apr 15, 2019 06:50 AM |

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is seeking applications for the position of Programme Officer, to undertake public policy research on privacy and related themes. For this position, we will hire one full time researcher, to be based in the Delhi office of CIS, for the duration of one year.

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CIS Response to Call for Stakeholder Comments: Draft E-Commerce Policy

Posted by Arindrajit Basu, Vipul Kharbanda, Elonnai Hickok and Amber Sinha at Apr 10, 2019 12:15 PM |

CIS is grateful for the opportunity to submit to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion comments to the ​draft National e-commerce policy.

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DIDP #33 On ICANN's 2012 gTLD round auction fund

Posted by Akriti Bopanna at Apr 04, 2019 02:10 AM |

This DIDP was filed to inquire about the state of the funds ICANN received from the last gTLD auctions.

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CIS Response to Draft E-Commerce Policy

Posted by Amber Sinha at Apr 01, 2019 12:05 PM |

CIS is grateful for the opportunity to submit comments to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion on the draft national e-commerce policy. This response was authored by Amber Sinha, Arindrajit Basu, Elonnai Hickok and Vipul Kharbanda.

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Comments on the Draft Second Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention)

Posted by Vipul Kharbanda at Feb 25, 2019 04:48 PM |

Following consultations with data protection, civil society, industry and others, during the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) meeting from 29 November 2018 onwards, the Cybercrime Convention Committee has sought additional contributions regarding the provisional draft text for a Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime (“Budapest Convention”).

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