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Surveillance Technologies

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Apr 05, 2011 08:25 AM |

The following post briefly looks at different surveillance technologies, and the growing use of the them in India.

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The Draft Electronic Delivery of Services Bill, 2011 – Comments by CIS

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Mar 29, 2011 10:35 AM |
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The Draft Electronic Delivery of Services Bill, 2011 (“Bill”) is a Bill to provide for delivery of government services manadatorily through electronic means by phasing out manual delivery of services. It is heartening to note that the Bill shifts the approach to electronic delivery of services by Government agencies to one as part of the citizens' right to service delivery through electronic means rather than a luxury or benefit doled out by the Government. The Bill introduces bodies exclusively accountable for ensuring that electronic delivery of services by the Government at the state and central levels. While this is a welcome move on the part of the Government there are a few comments we, at the Centre for Internet and Society, have on the present version of the Bill:

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Privacy and Governmental Databases

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Mar 23, 2011 12:00 PM |

In our research we have found that most government databases are incrementally designed in response to developments and improvements that need to be incorporated from time to time. This method of architecting a system leads to a poorly designed database with many privacy risks such as: inaccurate data, incomplete data, inappropriate disclosure of data, inappropriate access to data, and inappropriate security over data. To address these privacy concerns it is important to analyze the problem that is being addressed from the perspective of potential and planned interoperability with other government databases. Below is a list of problems and recommendations concerning privacy, concerning government databases.

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CIS Para-wise Comments on Cyber Café Rules, 2011

Posted by Prashant Iyengar at Feb 25, 2011 03:30 AM |
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On February 7th 2011, the Department of Information Technology, MCIT published draft rules on its website (The Information Technology (Guidelines for Cyber Cafe) Rules, 2011) in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 87(2) (zg), read with Section 79(2) of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Comments were invited from the public before February 25th 2011. Accordingly, Privacy India and Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore have prepared the following para wise comments for the Ministry’s consideration.

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CIS Para-wise Comments on Draft Reasonable Security Practices Rules, 2011

Posted by Prashant Iyengar at Feb 24, 2011 02:30 PM |
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On February 7th 2011, the Department of Information Technology, MCIT published draft rules on its website (The Information Technology (Reasonable security practices and procedures and sensitive personal information) Rules, 2011) in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 87(2)(ob), read with Section 43A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Comments were invited from the public before February 25th 2011. Accordingly, Privacy India and Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore have prepared the following para-wise comments for the Ministry’s consideration.

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Google Policy Fellowship Program: Asia Chapter

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Feb 24, 2011 12:05 PM |

For the ardent followers of free and open Internet and for those who love to debate on technology, media law and Internet-related policy issues, there is some good news. The Centre for Internet and Society, India is conducting a Google Policy Fellowship program this summer!

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4 Popular Myths about UID

Posted by Prashant Iyengar at Jan 22, 2011 09:30 AM |

By now, there is already a lot of material in the public domain that is critical about the UID/Aadhar project, writes Prashant Iyengar in this blog entry published in Privacy India on January 22, 2011.

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Does the UID Reflect India?

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Dec 27, 2010 12:15 PM |
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On December 17th the Campaign for No UID held a press conference and public meeting in Bangalore. Below is a summary and analysis of the events.

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The Privacy Rights of Whistleblowers

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Dec 20, 2010 11:25 AM |

The recent disclosures from Wikileaks have shown that the right to information, whistle-blowing, and privacy are interconnected. This note looks at the different ways in which the three are related, as well as looking at the benefits and drawbacks to Wikileaks in terms of privacy.

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UID & Privacy - A Call for Papers

Posted by Elonnai Hickok at Dec 15, 2010 05:25 AM |

Privacy India is inviting individuals to author short papers focused on Unique Identity (UID) and Privacy. Selected candidates will have their papers published on the CIS website, and their transportation and accommodation provided for the “Privacy Matters” conference being held in Kolkata on 22 January 2010.

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DSCI Information Security Summit 2010 – A Report

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

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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.

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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.

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October 2010 Bulletin

Greetings from the Centre for Internet and Society!

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Moldova Online: An Interview with Victor Diaconu

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

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Presentation of the UID project by Ashok Dalwai – A Report

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

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Cybercrime and Privacy

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

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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.

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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.

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