Centre for Internet & Society

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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Resurrecting the marketplace of ideas

There is no ‘silver bullet’ for regulating content on the web. It requires a mix of legal and empirical analysis.

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CIS Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Speech and Expression: Surveillance Industry and Human Rights

Posted by Elonnai Hickok, Arindrajit Basu, Gurshabad Grover, Akriti Bopanna, Shweta Mohandas, Martyna Kalvaityte at Feb 20, 2019 09:45 AM |

CIS responded to the call for submissions from the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Speech and Expression. The submission was on the Surveillance Industry and Human Rights.

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Unbox Festival 2019: CIS organizes two Workshops

Posted by Saumyaa Naidu at Feb 17, 2019 07:00 PM |

Centre for Internet & Society organized two workshops at the Unbox Festival 2019, in Bangalore, on 15 and 17 February 2019.

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Data Infrastructures and Inequities: Why Does Reproductive Health Surveillance in India Need Our Urgent Attention?

Posted by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon at Feb 14, 2019 03:02 AM |

In order to bring out certain conceptual and procedural problems with health monitoring in the Indian context, this article posits health monitoring as surveillance and not merely as a “data problem.”

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Intermediary liability law needs updating

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Feb 13, 2019 12:05 AM |

The time has come for India to exert its foreign policy muscle. There is a less charitable name for intermediary liability regimes like Sec 79 of the IT Act — private censorship regimes.

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CIS Comment on ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget

Posted by Akriti Bopanna at Feb 12, 2019 11:44 PM |
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At the Centre for Internet and Society, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide our comments on the proposed draft of ICANN’s FY20 Operating Plan and Budget along with their Five-Year Operating Plan Update. As part of the public comment process, ICANN provided a list of documents which can be found here that included their highlights of the budget, the total draft budget for FY20, an operating plan segregated by portfolios, amongst others.

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