Centre for Internet & Society

Once Upon A Flash

Posted by Nishant Shah at Nov 04, 2011 07:20 AM |
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It was a dark and stormy evening. A young man in a dark blue Adidas jacket, collar turned up, eyes under green-black shades, hopped off a motorbike, tucked his thumbs into the front pockets of his low-slung retro jeans and surreptitiously made his way through a road thronging with rush-hour traffic and irate pedestrians yelping on their cellphones. He skipped across death traps with skilled ease: leaping over potholes, jumping over halfdug trenches, avoiding the occasional pair of doggy jaws that longed to mate with his ankles, ignoring the bikers who were using the pavements as new lanes for driving towards a honking traffic jam bathed in an orange and red neon that made the road look like a piece of burnt toast with dollops of vicious jam on it.

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CIS Comments on the Draft National Policy on Electronics

These were the comments submitted by CIS to the request for comments put out by the Department of Information Technology on its draft 'National Policy on Electronics'.

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India's Statement Proposing UN Committee for Internet-Related Policy

India's Statement Proposing UN Committee for Internet-Related Policy

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Oct 31, 2011 03:28 PM |

This is the statement made by India at the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, in which its proposal for the UN Committee for Internet-Related Policy was presented.

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Analysis of DIT's Response to Second RTI on Website Blocking

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Oct 27, 2011 06:50 PM |

In this blog post, Pranesh Prakash briefly analyses the DIT's response to an RTI request on website blocking alongside the most recent edition of Google's Transparency Report, and what it tells us about the online censorship regime in India.

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Text of DIT's Response to Second RTI on Website Blocking

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Oct 27, 2011 05:15 PM |

CIS had filed a request under the Right to Information Act with the government, asking a number of questions relating to blocking of content under the IT Act. We have reproduced below the response we got from the government.

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Privacy & Sexual Minorities

Posted by Danish Sheikh at Oct 24, 2011 09:25 AM |

Danish Sheikh examines the status of sexual minorities in the light of privacy framework in India. Culling out some real life examples based on various studies, media reports and judgments from the Supreme Court and the High Courts of Delhi and Allahabad, the research brings to light the privacy violations being committed by both individuals as well as state authorities. The research concludes by saying that privacy doesn’t necessarily encompass a one-size-fits-all approach, and can raise as many questions as it answers.

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Sixth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, Nairobi: A Summary

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Oct 24, 2011 09:10 AM |
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The sixth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum was held from 27 to 30 September 2011 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Sunil Abraham participated in six workshops: Privacy, Security, and Access to Rights: A Technical and Policy Analyses, Use of Digital Technologies for Civic Engagement and Political Change: Lessons Learned and Way Forward, The Impact of Regulation: FOSS and Enterprise, Proprietary Influences in Free and Open Source Software: Lessons to Open and Universal Internet Standards, Access and Diversity of Broadband Internet Access and Putting Users First: How Can Privacy be Protected in Today’s Complex Mobile Ecosystem?

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SCOSTA and UID Comparison not Valid, says Finance Committee

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Oct 14, 2011 06:35 AM |
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The Standing Committee on Finance Branch, Lok Sabha Secretariat has responded to the suggestions offered by CIS on the National Identification Authority of India, Bill 2010 and has requested it to mail its views by 14 October 2011.

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Seventh Open Letter to the Finance Committee: A Note on the Deduplication of Unique Identifiers

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Oct 12, 2011 12:55 PM |
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Sahana Sarkar on behalf of the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) had sent in a Right to Information application on 30 June 2011 to Ashish Kumar, Central Public Information Officer, UIDAI. The UIDAI sent in its reply. Through the seventh open letter, Hans attempts to characterize in an abstract way the replies that CIS managed to elicit and makes some elementary observations.

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Hack Night in CIS ― A Meeting of Java Script Hackers

Posted by Tom Dane at Oct 10, 2011 11:30 AM |
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CIS hosted a hack night in conjunction with the tech-event organizers HasGeek at its office on 24 September 2011. The event brought together local java script hackers on a common platform. Tom Dane and Kiran Jonnalagadda participated in the event.

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UID: Questions without Answers – A Talk by Usha Ramanathan

Posted by Natasha Vaz at Oct 03, 2011 10:40 AM |

UID enrolment is in full swing, providing an official identification to millions of Indians, yet there are numerous unanswered questions. A public talk on UID was held at the Institute of Science, Bangalore on September 6, 2011. Usha Ramanathan, an independent law researcher on jurisprudence, poverty and rights, discussed the questions that plague the UID project and the veil of silence enveloping the answers.

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Understanding the Right to Information

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Sep 28, 2011 08:45 AM |
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Elonnai Hickok summarises the Right to Information Act, 2005, how it works, how to file an RTI request, the information that an individual can request under the Act, the possible responses and the challenges to the citizen and the government. She concludes by saying that there are many structural changes that both citizens and governmental officers can make to improve the system.

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Bye Bye email?

Bye Bye email?

Posted by Nishant Shah at Aug 23, 2011 07:31 AM |
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Email might be the default method of communication for most of us, but could it be going the telegram way.

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Whole Body Imaging and Privacy Concerns that Follow

Posted by Srishti Goyal at Aug 22, 2011 12:00 PM |

Law student at the National University of Juridical Sciences, and intern for Privacy India, Srishti Goyal compares, contrasts, and critiques the Whole Body Imaging practices found in the US, the UK, and Australia, and makes recommendations for an Indian regime.

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IP Addresses and Expeditious Disclosure of Identity in India

Posted by Prashant Iyengar at Aug 22, 2011 11:25 AM |

In this research, Prashant Iyengar reviews the statutory mechanism regulating the retention and disclosure of IP addresses by Internet companies in India. Prashant provides a compilation of anecdotes on how law enforcement authorities in India have used IP address information to trace individuals responsible for particular crimes.

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Cyber Crime & Privacy

Posted by Merlin Oommen at Aug 22, 2011 08:30 AM |

India is a growing area in the field of active Internet usage with 71 million Internet users.

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Financial Inclusion and the UID

Posted by elonnai hickok at Aug 22, 2011 07:50 AM |

Since 2009, when Nandan Nilekani began to envision and implement the Unique Identification Project, the UID authority has promoted the UID/Aadhaar scheme as a tool of development for India - arguing that an identity will assist in bringing benefits to the poor, promote financial inclusion in India, and allow for economic and social development. In this blog entry I will focus on the challenges and possibilities of the UID number providing the residents of India a viable method of access to financial services across the country.

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CCTV in Universities

Posted by Merlin Oommen at Aug 10, 2011 06:10 AM |

Basic Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Infrastructure is used to observe movements from a central room, and consists of one or more video cameras that transmit video and audio images to a set of monitors or video recorders.

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Re-thinking Key Escrow

Posted by Natasha Vaz at Aug 09, 2011 05:40 AM |

Would you make duplicates of your house keys and hand them over to the local police authority? And if so, would you feel safe? Naturally, one would protest this invasion of privacy. Similarly, would it be justified for the government to have a copy of the private key to intercept and decrypt communications? This is the idea behind key escrow; it enables government ‘wiretapping’.

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UID: Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear?

Posted by Shilpa Narani at Jul 25, 2011 06:45 AM |

Isn’t it interesting that authorities ask you about your identity and you end up showing your proof of existence! Isn’t this breaching into one’s personal life? Why so much transparency only from the public side? Why can’t the government be equally transparent to the public?, asks Shilpa Narani.

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