Centre for Internet & Society

Call for respondents: the implementation of government-ordered censorship

by Gurshabad Grover and Divyansha Sehgal

The Centre for Internet and Society is conducting interviews with people whose content has been affected by blocking orders from the Indian Government.

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Online caste-hate speech: Pervasive discrimination and humiliation on social media

by Damni Kain, Shivangi Narayan, Torsha Sarkar and Gurshabad Grover

A research report on the contours of online caste-hate speech and how social media platforms moderate such expression.

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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. The event will be held on Zoom, at 17:30 IST on Wednesday, 15th December, 2021

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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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