Centre for Internet & Society

Event Report: Consultation on Draft Information Technology (Fintech Security Standards) Rules

by Anindya Kanan

The Centre for Internet and Society is in the process of drafting certain data security standards for Fintech entities. As part of the process of drafting, a consultation roundtable was organized to get inputs from industry executives, lawyers and policy experts working in this field.

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Reliance Jio is using SNI inspection to block websites

by Gurshabad Grover

Reliance Jio, the most popular ISP in India, is employing a deep packet inspection technique to block websites for its users.

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CIS’ Comments to the Christchurch Call

by Tanaya Rajwade, Elonnai Hickok, and Raouf Kundil Peedikayil

In the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron co-chaired the Christchurch Call to Action in May 2018 to “bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism.”

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Through the looking glass: Analysing transparency reports

by Torsha Sarkar, Suhan S and Gurshabad Grover

An analysis of companies' transparency reports for government requests for user data and content removal

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Department of Labour Interaction Program: Online Business Platforms

by Bharath Gururagavendran

The Department of Labour convened an interaction program of sorts at Vikas Soudha in Bangalore on 21st October, 2019 to hear the issues plaguing the emergent gig economy.

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Comments to the United Nations Human Rights Commission Report on Gender and Privacy

by Aayush Rathi, Ambika Tandon and Pallavi Bedi

This submission to UNHRC presents a response by researchers at the CIS to ‘gender issues arising in the digital era and their impacts on women, men and individuals of diverse sexual orientations gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics’. It was prepared by Aayush Rathi, Ambika Tandon, and Pallavi Bedi in response to a report of consultation by a thematic taskforce established by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy on ‘Privacy and Personality’ (hereafter, HRC Gender Report).

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Comments to the Code on Social Security, 2019

by Aayush Rathi , Amruta Mahuli and Ambika Tandon

This submission presents a response by researchers at the Centre for Internet & Society, India (CIS) to the draft Code on Social Security, 2019 (hereinafter “ Draft Code ”) prepared by the Government of India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment.

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“Politics by other means”: Fostering positive contestation and charting ‘red lines’ through global governance in cyberspace

by Arindrajit Basu

The past year has been a busy one for the fermentation of global governance efforts in cyberspace with multiple actors-states, industry, and civil society spearheading a variety of initiatives. Given the multiplicity of actors, ideologies, and vested interests at play in this ecosystem, any governance initiative will be, by default, political, and desirably so.

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The Mother and Child Tracking System - understanding data trail in the Indian healthcare systems

by Ambika Tandon

Reproductive health programmes in India have been digitising extensive data about pregnant women for over a decade, as part of multiple health information systems. These can be seen as precursors to current conceptions of big data systems within health informatics. In this article, published by Privacy International, Ambika Tandon presents some findings from a recently concluded case study of the MCTS as an example of public data-driven initiatives in reproductive health in India.

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Farming the Future: Deployment of Artificial Intelligence in the agricultural sector in India

by Elonnai Hickok, Arindrajit Basu, Siddharth Sonkar and Pranav M B

This case study was published as a chapter in the joint UNESCAP-Google publication titled Artificial Intelligence in Public Service Delivery. The chapter in its final form would not have been possible without the efforts and very useful interventions by our colleagues at Digital Asia Hub,Google, and UNESCAP.

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