Centre for Internet & Society

The systems and economies of data has emerged as a key concern of the contemporary 'information'/'informatising' societies. In this cluster we explore the various manifestations and implications of digital data in the context of the Indian society and government – supply, demand, and usages of government data; electronic government and data-driven delivery of services; Internet of things, locative media, and smart cities; infrastructures, systems, and circuits of data collection, storage, sharing, and re-usage; and concerns of ownership and privacy around personal data.


Recent Posts


Blog Entry Response Submission on TRAI's Consultation Paper on Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in Telecom Sector by Amber Sinha, Elonnai Hickok and Udbhav Tiwari — last modified Nov 08, 2017 01:18 AM
CIS submitted its comments on the consultation paper on privacy, security and ownership of data in telecom sector which was published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on August 9, 2017.
Blog Entry Comments on the Statistical Disclosure Control Report by Srinivs Kodali and Amber Sinha — last modified May 02, 2017 03:55 AM
This submission presents comments by the Centre for Internet and Society, India (“CIS”) on the ​Statistical Disclosure Control Report published on March 30th by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Blog Entry (Updated) Information Security Practices of Aadhaar (or lack thereof): A documentation of public availability of Aadhaar Numbers with sensitive personal financial information by Amber Sinha and Srinivas Kodali — last modified May 17, 2017 06:20 AM
Since its inception in 2009, the Aadhaar project has been shrouded in controversy due to various questions raised about privacy, technological issues, welfare exclusion, and security concerns. In this study, we document numerous instances of publicly available Aadhaar Numbers along with other personally identifiable information (PII) of individuals on government websites. This report highlights four government projects run by various government departments that have made sensitive personal financial information and Aadhaar numbers public on the project websites.
Workshop on 'Privacy after Big Data' (Delhi, November 12) Nov 12, 2016 from 09:30 AM to 05:30 PM Centre for the Study of Developing Societies 29, Rajpur Road, Civil Lines, Delhi 110054, by Sumandro Chattapadhyay
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and the Sarai programme, CSDS, invite you to a workshop on 'Privacy after Big Data: What Changes? What should Change?' on Saturday, November 12. This workshop aims to build a dialogue around some of the key government-led big data initiatives in India and elsewhere that are contributing significant new challenges and concerns to the ongoing debates on the right to privacy. It is an open event. Please register to participate.
CISxScholars Delhi - William F. Stafford (Nov 03, 6:30 pm) Nov 03, 2016 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM CIS, First Floor, B 1/8, Hauz Khas, near G Block Market, afte Crunch, by Sumandro Chattapadhyay
We are delighted to have William F. Stafford, PhD candidate in UC Berkeley, present on "Public Measurements, Private Measurements, and the Convergence of Units" at the CIS office in Delhi on Thursday, Nov 03, at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP if you are joining us: <[email protected]>.
Blog Entry Big Data Governance Frameworks for 'Data Revolution for Sustainable Development' by Meera Manoj — last modified Jul 05, 2016 01:13 PM
A key component of the process to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is the call for a global 'data revolution' to better understand, monitor, and implement development interventions. Recently there has been several international proposals to use big data, along with reconfigured national statistical systems, to operationalise this 'data revolution for sustainable development.' This analysis by Meera Manoj highlights the different models of collection, management, sharing, and governance of global development data that are being discussed.
Blog Entry Data for Governance, Governance of Data, and Data Anxieties by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Jul 03, 2016 05:59 AM
The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) organised a panel discussion on 'The Data Explosion – How the Internet of Things will Affect Media Freedom and Communication Systems?' at Deutsche Welle's Global Media Forum 2016, held in Bonn, Germany during June 13-15, 2016. Sumandro Chattapadhyay was invited as one of the panelists.
Blog Entry Call for Proposal: Big Data for Development – Initial Field Studies by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Apr 28, 2016 07:28 AM
The Centre for Internet and Society, as part of a project with the University of Manchester and University of Sheffield, is inviting calls from researchers to undertake a brief initial study of a specific instance of use of big data for development in India. This is an exercise to build preliminary understanding of the landscape of big data for development in India, identify key research questions and priorities, and start developing connections with researchers interested in the field. The studies will be 6 weeks long - running from May to June 2016 - and the researchers are expected to produce a 3,000 words long report. We will support three field studies.
Blog Entry The Last Chance for a Welfare State Doesn’t Rest in the Aadhaar System by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Apr 19, 2016 01:18 PM
Boosting welfare is the message, which is how Aadhaar is being presented in India. The Aadhaar system as a medium, however, is one that enables tracking, surveillance, and data monetisation. This piece by Sumandro Chattapadhyay was published in The Wire on April 19, 2016.
Blog Entry FOV Podcast - Data, People, and Smart Cities by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Dec 02, 2015 07:54 AM
For the second part of the Smart City podcast series, Sruthi Krishnan and Harsha K from Fields of View spoke with Sumandro Chattapadhyay on data, people, and smart cities. Here is the podcast. We are grateful to Fields of View for producing and sharing this recording.