Centre for Internet & Society

A workshop on “Understanding Aadhaar and its New Challenges” is being organised by the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Centre for Internet and Society, during May 26-27. It is also supported by the Centre for Communication Governance at NLU Delhi, Free Software Movement of India, Knowledge Commons, PEACE, and Center for Advancement of Public Understanding of Science & Technology. This is a legal and technical workshop to be attended by various key researchers and practitioners to discuss the current status of the implementation of the project, in the context of the passing of the Act and the various ongoing cases.


Workshop Programme

First Day, May 26

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:00 Prof. Dinesh Abrol - Welcome
Self-introduction and expectations of participants
Dr. Usha Ramanathan - Overview of the Workshop
10:00-11:00 Current Status of Aadhaar
Dr. Usha Ramanathan, Legal Researcher, New Delhi - What the 2016 Law Says, and How it Came into Being
S. Prasanna, Advocate, New Delhi - Status and Force of Supreme Court Orders on Aadhaar
11:00-11:30 Tea Break
11:30-13:30 Direct Benefits Transfers
Prof. Reetika Khera, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi - Welfare Needs Aadhaar like a Fish Needs a Bicycle
Prof. Ram Kumar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai - Aadhaar and the Social Sector: A critical analysis of the claims of benefits and inclusion
Ashok Rao, Delhi Science Forum - Cash Transfers Study
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Aadhaar: Science, Technology, and Security
Prof. Subashis Banerjee, Deptt of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT, Delhi - Privacy and Security Issues Related to the Aadhaar Act
Pukhraj Singh, former National Cyber Security Manager, Aadhaar, New Delhi - Aadhaar: Security and Surveillance Dimensions
16:00-16:30 Tea Break
16:30-17:30 Aadhaar - International Dimensions
Prof. Chinmayi Arun, Center for Communication Governance, National Law University, Delhi - Biometrics and Mandatory IDs in other parts of the world
Dr. Gopal Krishna, Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties - International Dimensions of Aadhaar
17:30-18:00 High Tea
18:00-19:00 Video Presentations

Second Day, May 27

9:30-11:00 Privacy, Surveillance, and Ethical Dimensions of Aadhaar
Prabir Purkayastha, Free Software Movement of India, New Delhi - Surveillance Capitalism and the Commodification of Personal Data
Arjun Jayakumar, SFLC - Surveillance Projects Amalgamated
Col Mathew Thomas, Bengaluru - The Deceit of Aadhaar
11:00-11:30 Tea Break
11:30-10:30 Aadhaar: Broad Issues - I
Prof. G Nagarjuna, Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai - How to prevent linked data in the context of Aadhaar
Dr. Anupam Saraph, Pune - Aadhaar and Moneylaundering
13:00-13:30 Video Presentations
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:30 Aadhaar: Broad Issues - II
Prof. MS Sriram, Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore - Financial lnclusion
Nikhil Dey, MKSS, Rajasthan (TBC) - Field witness: Technology on the Ground
Prof. Himanshu, Centre for Economic Studies & Planning, JNU - UID Process and Financial Inclusion
15:30-16:00 Conclusion