Centre for Internet & Society

India's Data Protection Framework Will Need to Treat Privacy as a Social and Not Just an Individual Good

by Amber Sinha

The idea that technological innovations may compete with privacy of individuals assumes that there is social and/or economic good in allowing unrestricted access to data. However, it must be remembered that data is potentially a toxic asset, if it is not collected, processed, secured and shared in the appropriate way.

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Internet Shutdown Stories

by Ambika Tandon

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) has published a collection of stories of the impact of internet shutdowns on people's lives in the country. This is a project funded by Facebook and MacArthur Foundation, and the stories were provided by 101 Reporters. Case studies from the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Telangana, West Bengal, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, and Uttar Pradesh have been highlighted in this compilation.

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AI in the Banking and Finance Industry in India

by Saman Goudarzi, Elonnai Hickok and Amber Sinha

This is a draft report that seeks to map the present state of use of AI in the banking and financial sector in India.

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Event report of the Methods workshop on researching Future of Work in India

by Natallia Khaniejo and Aayush Rathi

On March 28, 2018, the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in collaboration with IIT Delhi organised a workshop (“Workshop”) to discuss the methodological approach for the Future of Work project being undertaken by CIS. The Workshop took place on March 28, 2018 at the Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi. Participants at the Workshop represented a range of stakeholders involved in the conversation around the future of work - trade unions, academia, think tanks and the industry.

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Comments on the Draft Digital Information Security in Healthcare Act

by Amber Sinha and Shweta Mohandas

The Centre for Internet & Society submitted comments to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India on the draft Digital Information Security in Healthcare Act on April 21, 2018.

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Revenge Porn Laws across the World

by Shradha Nigam

The following is a compilation of laws dealing with revenge porn if and how they exist across multiple countries and jurisdictions.

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What’s up with WhatsApp?

by Aayush Rathi and Sunil Abraham

In 2016, WhatsApp Inc announced it was rolling out end-to-end encryption, but is the company doing what it claims to be doing?

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A look at two problematic provisions of the draft Anti-trafficking bill

by Swaraj Paul Barooah

This post examines two badly drafted provisions of the new Anti-Trafficking bill that have the potential to severely impinge upon the Freedom of Expression, including through a misunderstanding of intermediary liability.

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Artificial Intelligence in Governance: A Report of the Roundtable held in New Delhi

by Saman Goudarzi and Natallia Khaniejo

This Report provides an overview of the proceedings of the Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Governance, conducted at the Indian Islamic Cultural Centre, in New Delhi on March 16, 2018. The main purpose of the Roundtable was to discuss the deployment and implementation of AI in various aspects of governance within the Indian context. This report summarises the discussions on the development and implementation of AI in various aspects of governance in India. The event was attended by participants from academia, civil society, the legal sector, the finance sector, and the government.

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Government gives free publicity worth 40k to Twitter and Facebook

by Akriti Bopanna

We conducted a 2 week survey of newspapers for links between government advertisement to social media giants. As citizens, we should be worried about the close nexus between the Indian government and digital behemoths such as Facebook, Google and Twitter. It has become apparent to us after a 2 week print media analysis that our Government has been providing free publicity worth Rs 40,000 to these entities. There are multiple issues with this as this article attempts at pointing out.

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