Centre for Internet & Society

DSCI Information Security Summit 2010 – A Report

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Dec 07, 2010 09:35 AM |
Filed under:

On 2 and 3 December 2010, the DSCI Information Security Summit 2010 took place in the Trident Hotel, Chennai. The two day summit included a broad spectrum of speakers/panels and topics, ranging from Securing Data & Systems to how to leverage the Cloud. The key speakers were Mr. Gulshan Rai, Director General, CERT-In, DIT, Mr. Rajeev Kapoor, Joint Secretary, DoPT, Govt. of India, Mr. Vakul Sharma, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, DSCI. Elonnai Hickok attended the summit.

Read More…

Public Statement to Final Draft of UID Bill

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Dec 07, 2010 07:50 AM |

The final draft of the UID Bill that will be submitted to the Lok Sabha was made public on 8 November 2010. If the Bill is approved by Parliament, it will become a legal legislation in India. The following note contains Civil Society's response to the final draft of the Bill.

Read More…

Privacy, Free/Open Source, and the Cloud

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Nov 22, 2010 07:35 AM |

A look into the questions that arise in concern to privacy and cloud computing, and how open source plays into the picture.

Read More…

October 2010 Bulletin

Greetings from the Centre for Internet and Society!

Read More…

Moldova Online: An Interview with Victor Diaconu

Posted by Sudha Rajagopalan at Sep 09, 2010 11:25 AM |
Filed under:

In this interview for Russian Cyberspace, set up with the help of Sunil Abraham (Executive Director at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India), computer software professional Victor Diaconu explains the nature of Internet use, state control and the development of blogging and social media platforms in Moldova. Victor works at Computaris in Chisinau. He is Moldova educated, and has travelled to several western countries (including lengthy stays to US, UK) to learn about and understand what there is to be done in Moldova. Sudha Rajagopalan interviewed Victor Diaconu.

Read More…

Presentation of the UID project by Ashok Dalwai – A Report

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Sep 08, 2010 01:20 PM |
Filed under:

On Tuesday, 7 September 2010, Ashok Dalwai, the Deputy Director General of the Unique Identification of India (UIDAI), gave a lecture at the Indian Institute for Science in Bangalore. Representing the UID Authority, his presentation explained the vision of the project and focused on the challenges involved in demographic and biometric identification, the technology adopted, and the enrolment process. Elonnai Hickok gives a report of his presentation in this blog post.

Beyond Access as Inclusion

Posted by Anja Kovacs at Aug 31, 2010 12:45 PM |

On 13 September, the day before the fifth Internet Governance Forum opens, CIS is coorganising in Vilnius a meeting on Internet governance and human rights. One of the main aims of this meeting is to call attention to the crucial, yet in Internet governance often neglected, indivisibility of rights. In this blog post, Anja Kovacs uses this lens to illustrate how it can broaden as well reinvigorate our understanding of what remains one of the most pressing issues in Internet governance in developing countries to this day: that of access to the Internet.

Read More…

Cybercrime and Privacy

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Aug 31, 2010 11:55 AM |
Filed under: ,

Elonnai Hickok examines privacy in the context of India’s legal provisions on cybercrime. She picks up the relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act as amended in 2008 dealing with cyber crimes and provides a fair analysis of the pros and cons of the amended Act.

Read More…

Privacy and the Indian Copyright Act

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Aug 28, 2010 05:45 AM |

India's Copyright Act was established in 1957, and is in the process of being placed before the Parliament in 2010. The provisions in the proposed Bill will work to make the Act WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) compliant. When looking at privacy in the context of copyright four key questions arise, says Elonnai Hickock as she analyses privacy in the context of the Indian Copyright Act.

Read More…

No UID Campaign in New Delhi - A Report

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Aug 26, 2010 02:35 PM |

The Unique Identification (UID) Bill is not pro-citizen. The scheme is deeply undemocratic, expensive and fraught with unforseen consequences. A public meeting on UID was held at the Constitution Club, Rafi Marg in New Delhi on 25 August, 2010. The said Bill came under scrutiny at the meeting which was organised by civil society groups from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi campaigning under the banner of "No UID". The speakers brought to light many concerns, unanswered questions and problems of the UID scheme.

Read More…

Wherever you are, whatever you do

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Aug 25, 2010 06:45 AM |
Filed under:

Facebook recently launched a location-based service called Places. Privacy advocates are resenting to this new development. Sunil Abraham identifies the three prime reasons for this outcry against Facebook. The article was published in the Indian Express on 23 August, 2010.

Read More…

Does the Government want to enter our homes?

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Aug 13, 2010 09:00 AM |
Filed under:

When rogue politicians and bureaucrats are granted unrestricted access to information then the very future of democracy and free media will be in jeopardy. In an article published in the Pune Mirror on 10 August, 2010, Sunil Abraham examines this in light of the BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry messenger service that the Government of India plans to block if its makers do not allow the monitoring of messages. He says that civil society should rather resist and insist on suitable checks and balances like governmental transparency and a fair judicial oversight instead of allowing the government to intrude into the privacy and civil liberties of its citizens.

Read More…

UID Project in India - Some Possible Ramifications

Posted by Liliyan at Aug 11, 2010 02:00 PM |
Filed under:

Having a standard for decentralized ID verification rather than a centralized database that would more often than not be misused by various authorities will solve ID problems, writes Liliyan in this blog entry. These blog posts to be published in a series will voice the expert opinions of researchers and critics on the UID project and present its unique shortcomings to the reader.

Read More…

Civil Liberties and the amended Information Technology Act, 2000

Posted by Malavika Jayaram at Aug 05, 2010 08:30 AM |
Filed under: ,

This post examines certain limitations of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (as amended in 2008). Malavika Jayaram points out the fact that when most countries of the world are adopting plain English instead of the conventional legal terminology for better understanding, India seems to be stuck in the old-fashioned method thereby, struggling to maintain a balance between clarity and flexibility in drafting its laws. The present Act, she says, is although an improvement over the old Act and seeks to address and improve on certain areas in the right direction but still comes up short in making necessary changes when it comes to fundamental rights and personal liberties. The new Act retains elements from the previous one making it an abnormal document and this could have been averted if there had been some attention to detail.

Read More…

Feedback to the NIA Bill

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Jul 30, 2010 07:30 AM |

Malavika Jayaram and Elonnai Hickok introduce the formal submission of CIS to the proposed National Identification Authority of India (NIA) Bill, 2010, which would give every resident a unique identity. The submissions contain the detailed comments on the draft bill and the high level summary of concerns with the NIA Bill submitted to the UIDAI on 13 July, 2010.

Read More…

Does the Safe-Harbor Program Adequately Address Third Parties Online?

Posted by Rebecca Schild at Apr 16, 2010 05:40 AM |

While many citizens outside of the US and EU benefit from the data privacy provisions the Safe Harbor Program, it remains unclear how successfully the program can govern privacy practices when third-parties continue to gain more rights over personal data. Using Facebook as a site of analysis, I will attempt to shed light on the deficiencies of the framework for addressing the complexity of data flows in the online ecosystem.

Read More…

Sense and censorship

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Mar 30, 2010 06:50 AM |
Filed under:

Sunil Abraham examines Google's crusade against censorship in China in wake of the attacks on its servers in this article published in the Indian Express.

Read More…

Report on the Fourth Internet Governance Forum for Commonwealth IGF

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Feb 05, 2010 09:00 AM |

This report by Pranesh Prakash reflects on the question of how useful the IGF is in the light of meetings on the themes of intellectual property, freedom of speech and privacy.

Read More…

When Whistle Blowers Unite

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Jan 14, 2010 05:50 AM |

Leaking corporate or government information in public interest through popular Web service providers is risky but Wikileaks.org is one option that you could try out.

Read More…

A provisional definition for the Cultural Last Mile

In the first of his entries, Ashish Rajadhyaksha gives his own spin on the 'Last Mile' problem that has been at the crux of all public technologies. Shifting the terms of debate away from broadcast problems of distance and access, he re-purposes the 'last mile' which is a communications problem, to make a cultural argument about the role and imagination of technology in India, and the specific ways in which this problem features in talking about Internet Technologies in contemporary India.

Read More…

Filed under: