Centre for Internet & Society

Launching CIS’s Flagship Report on Private Crypto-Assets

by Aman Nair

The Centre for Internet & Society is launching its flagship report on regulating private crypto-assets in India, as part of its newly formed Financial Technology (or Fintech) research agenda.

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Beyond the PDP Bill: Governance Choices for the DPA

by Trishi Jindal and S.Vivek

This article examines the specific governance choices the Data Protection Authority (DPA) in India must deliberate on vis-à-vis its standard-setting function, which are distinct from those it will encounter as part of its enforcement and supervision functions.

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International Cyber Law Toolkit scenario: Internet blockage

by Arindrajit Basu and Gurshabad Grover

Arindrajit Basu and Gurshabad Grover’s scenario and international law analysis Internet Blockage was published as part of the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence’s Cyber Law Toolkit as part of its September 2021 annual update.

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The Geopolitics of Cyberspace: A Compendium of CIS Research

by Arindrajit Basu

Cyberspace is undoubtedly shaping and disrupting commerce, defence and human relationships all over the world. Opportunities such as improved access to knowledge, connectivity, and innovative business models have been equally met with nefarious risks including cyber-attacks, disinformation campaigns, government driven digital repression, and rabid profit-making by ‘Big Tech.’ Governments have scrambled to create and update global rules that can regulate the fair and equitable uses of technology while preserving their own strategic interests.

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A Guide to Drafting Privacy Policy under the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019

by Shweta Reddy

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, (PDP Bill) which is currently being deliberated by the Joint Parliamentary Committee, is likely to be tabled in the Parliament during the winter session of 2021.

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Facial Recognition Technology in India

by Elonnai Hickok, Pallavi Bedi, Aman Nair and Amber Sinha

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, University of Essex, UK and the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) have jointly published a research paper on facial recognition technology. Authors, Elonnai Hickok, Pallavi Bedi, Aman Nair and Amber Sinha, examine technological tools such as CCTV and FRT which are increasingly being deployed by the government.

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Techno-solutionist Responses to COVID-19

by Amber Sinha, Pallavi Bedi and Aman Nair

The Indian state has increasingly adopted a digital approach to service delivery over the past decade, with vaccination being the latest area to be subsumed by this strategy. In the context of the need for universal vaccination, the limitations of the government’s vaccination platform Co-WIN need to be analysed.

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Finding Needles in Haystacks - Discussing the Role of Automated Filtering in the New Indian Intermediary Liability Rules 

by Shweta Mohandas and Torsha Sarkar

On the 25th of February this year The Government of India notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The new Rules broaden the scope of which entities can be considered as intermediaries to now include curated-content platforms (Netflix) as well as digital news publications. This blogpost analyzes the rule on automated filtering, in the context of the growing use of automated content moderation.

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Do We Really Need an App for That? Examining the Utility and Privacy Implications of India’s Digital Vaccine Certificates

by Divyank Katira

We examine the purported benefits of digital vaccine certificates over regular paper-based ones and analyse the privacy implications of their use.

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