Centre for Internet & Society

Comments on the National Digital Health Blueprint

by Samyukta Prabhu, Ambika Tandon, Torsha Sarkar and Aayush Rathi

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had released the National Digital Health Blueprint on 15 July 2019 for comments. The Centre for Internet & Society submitted its comments.

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Event Report: Community Discussion on Open Standards

by Karan Saini, Prem Sylvester and Anishka Vaishnav

This community discussion organised by HasGeek was held at the office of the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India on June 20, 2019.

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In India, Privacy Policies of Fintech Companies Pay Lip Service to User Rights

by Shweta Mohandas

A study of the privacy policies of 48 fintech companies that operate in India shows that none comply with even the basic requirements of the IT Rules, 2011.

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The Digital Identification Parade

by Aayush Rathi and Ambika Tandon

NCRB’s proposed Automated Facial Recognition System impinges on right to privacy, is likely to target certain groups.

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India is falling down the facial recognition rabbit hole

by Prem Sylvester and Karan Saini

Its use as an effective law enforcement tool is overstated, while the underlying technology is deeply flawed.

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What is the problem with ‘Ethical AI’? An Indian Perspective

by Arindrajit Basu and Pranav M.B.

On 22 May 2019, the OECD member countries adopted the OECD Council Recommendation on Artificial Intelligence. The Principles, meant to provide an “ethical framework” for governing Artificial Intelligence (AI), were the first set of guidelines signed by multiple governments, including non-OECD members: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, and Romania.

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Old Isn't Always Gold: FaceApp and Its Privacy Policies

by Mira Swaminathan and Shweta Reddy

Leaving aside the Red Scare for a moment, FaceApp's own rebuttal of privacy worries are highly problematic in nature.

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DIDP #34 On granular detail on ICANN's budget for policy development process

by Akriti Bopanna

ICANN has Advisory Committees which help guide the policy recommendations that the ICANN community develops while its Supporting Organizations are charged with developing policy recommendations for a particular aspect of ICANN's operations. Supporting Organizations are composed of volunteers from the community. ICANN publishes a combined budget for all these bodies under the head of policy development and CIS inquired about the financial resources allocated to each of them specifically.

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The Impact of Consolidation in the Internet Economy on the Evolution of the Internet

by Akriti Bopanna and Gurshabad Grover

The Centre for Internet and Society in partnership with the Internet Society organized an event on the impact of consolidation in the Internet economy. It was divided into two roundtable discussions, the first one focusing on the policies and regulation while the latter dealt with the technical evolution of the Internet. This report contributed to the Internet Society’s 2019 Global Internet Report on Consolidation in the Internet Economy.

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Picking ‘Wholes’ - Thinking in Systems Workshop

by Saumyaa Naidu

A System's Thinking masterclass was conducted by Dinesh Korjan on 27th and 28th May in the CIS Delhi office.

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