Centre for Internet & Society

Centre brings in new safeguards following cases of Aadhaar data leaks on government websites

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 03:41 PM

The Centre has put in new safeguards following a number of cases of Aadhaar data leaks on government websites. All ministries are being asked to encrypt all Aadhaar data and personal financial details. Also, officials are being "sensitised" about legal consequences of data breach. And every government department is to now have one official responsible for Aadhaar data protection.

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Tweets from the afterlife

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 12:46 PM

What happens to the digital legacy that celebrities leave behind after they die. Heena Khandelwal asks if their families must inherit their digital assets or can social media managers stake a claim.

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T20 Germany and Beyond: Digital Economy

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 03:25 PM

Elonnai Hickok participated in a round-table discussion organized by GIZ and EPF in Berlin from May 29 to 30, 2017.

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Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 01:43 PM

Elonnai Hickok participated in the Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 held in Stockholm from May 15 to 18, 2017. She spoke on the panel "Private sector and civil society collaboration to advance freedom online". The event was organized by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:34 PM

India's biometric state ID system has been leaking citizens’ data for months. When this information surfaced in April 2017, it stoked fears that the system could be used as an instrument of surveillance against Indian residents.

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BBMP faces ire for publishing pourakarmikas' Aadhaar details on website

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 06, 2017 02:27 PM

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has published the Aadhaar details and other personal information of thousands of its pourakarmikas - civic workers who sweep streets and collect waste door-to-door.

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Sharad Sharma Apologises for Trolling Aadhaar Critics; Unmasking Ispirit's Controversial Trolling Program

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 26, 2017 01:08 AM

Last weekend I was at Aditi Mittal’s standup comedy show in Mumbai where she made a cheeky remark that stayed with me – “Do you guys know what India’s soft power is today? It is trolling!”

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Open house on information breaches

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 12:41 AM

On May 26, 2017 at the Has Geek open house participants discussed the state of information security in India the legal and regulatory measures that companies must comply with, and consumers should be aware of. Udbhav Tiwari was a speaker at the event organized by Has Geek in Bengaluru.

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iSpirt's Sharad Sharma: Sorry, I trolled Aadhaar critics

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 26, 2017 12:13 AM

Sharad Sharma, the man who is seen as one of the critical backbones of India's digital drive, profusely apologized on Tuesday for anonymously trolling those arguing for better privacy and security standards in Aadhaar.

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Aadhaar Card: One Identity, Multiple Disorders

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 26, 2017 12:01 AM

It is still hazy to see the desperation of the union government to imposing the Aadhaar Card mandatory when matters related to Aadhaar Card are already sub judice.

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Sharad Sharma's case shows how rampant troll culture has become under Modi

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 12:29 PM

Sharad Sharma's case shows how rampant troll culture has become under Modi.

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Zomato hack: You need to enhance online security with a password manager

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 23, 2017 03:54 PM

Hacking incident at Zomato underlines need to employ different passwords for different accounts.

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Chinese state media says U.S. should take some blame for cyber attack

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:12 AM

"WannaCry is far and away the most severe malware attack so far in 2017, and the spread of this troubling ransomware is far from over". Since the global attack was launched on Friday, several thousand more computers were discovered to be infected, particularly in Asia as the work day began on Monday. "We've seen that the slowdown of the infection rate over Friday night, after a temporary fix around it, has now been overcome by a second variation the criminals have released".

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Noida cyber cell gives tips on preventing WannaCry attack

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:18 AM

The attackers targeted a weakness found in older versions of Microsoft Windows.

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Consilience 2017 - A Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:47 AM

The Law and Technology Society, NLSIU organized their annual conference, Consilience, on the theme 'Artificial Intelligence and the Law' on May 20, 2017 in Bengaluru. Vidushi Marda took part in the event as a panelist.

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Microsoft says WannaCry ransomware must be a wake-up call for governments

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 12:55 AM

Computer security experts said the current attack could have been much worse but for the quick action of a young researcher in Britain who discovered a vulnerability in the ransomware itself, known as WanaCryptor 2.0. It has, however, retweeted a blog post by Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at Microsoft, who directs much of the blame toward the USA government, arguing that it should have alerted the $524 billion tech titan about the problem.

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4th National Standards Conclave Evolving a Comprehensive National Strategy for Standards Sectoral and Regional Inclusiveness

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 08:06 AM

Udbhav Tiwari represented CIS in the 4th National Standards Conclave held on the May 1 and 2, 2017 at The Lalit, New Delhi. The event was organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

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Will Aadhaar leaks be used as an excuse to shut out scrutiny of welfare schemes?

by Anumeha Yadav last modified May 20, 2017 07:09 AM

Aadhaar data of all 23 crore beneficiaries of Direct Benefit Transfer schemes could be publicly available, says a report by Centre for Internet and Society.

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Aadhaar assurances fail to assuage privacy concerns

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 06:23 AM

While Aadhaar may be secure from external attacks, a failsafe system hasn’t been developed to protect it from Edward Snowden-style leakages and hacks.

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UIDAI goes after org that disclosed government departments were releasing Aadhaar data

by Nikhil Pahwa last modified May 20, 2017 10:46 AM

If there was ever a case of shoot the messenger, it is this.

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