Centre for Internet & Society

Design and Uses of Digital Identities - Research Plan

by Amber Sinha and Pooja Saxena

In our research project about uses and design of digital identity systems, we ask two core questions: a) What are appropriate uses of ID?, and b) How should we think about the technological design of ID? Towards the first research question, we have worked on first principles and will further develop definitions, legal tests and applications of these principles. Towards the second research question, we have first identified a set of existing and planned digital identity systems that represent a paradigm of how such a system can be envisioned and implemented, and will look to identify key design choices which are causing divergence in paradigm.

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Private Sector and the cultivation of cyber norms in India

by Arindrajit Basu

Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become a regular facet of modern existence. The growth of cyberspace has challenged traditional notions of global order and uprooted the notion of governance itself. All over the world, the private sector has become a critical player, both in framing cyber regulations and in implementing them.

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Comments on the National Digital Health Blueprint

by Samyukta Prabhu, Ambika Tandon, Torsha Sarkar and Aayush Rathi

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had released the National Digital Health Blueprint on 15 July 2019 for comments. The Centre for Internet & Society submitted its comments.

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In India, Privacy Policies of Fintech Companies Pay Lip Service to User Rights

by Shweta Mohandas

A study of the privacy policies of 48 fintech companies that operate in India shows that none comply with even the basic requirements of the IT Rules, 2011.

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The Digital Identification Parade

by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon

NCRB’s proposed Automated Facial Recognition System impinges on right to privacy, is likely to target certain groups.

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

by Arindrajit Basu and Pranav M.B.

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

by Mira Swaminathan and Shweta Reddy

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

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