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Linking Aadhaar with social media or ending encryption is counterproductive
Should Aadhaar be used as KYC for social media accounts? We have recently seen a debate on this question with even the courts hearing arguments in favour and ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Aug 28, 2019 01:39 AM — Filed under: , ,
Sunil Abraham - Key Listener Speech at Wikimedia Summit 2019
The Wikimedia Summit 2019 – formerly known as "Wikimedia Conference" or "Chapters Meeting" – took place on 29–31 March 2019 in Berlin. Sunil Abraham made a ... by Sunil Abraham last modified May 04, 2019 03:34 AM — Filed under: ,
Intermediary liability law needs updating
The time has come for India to exert its foreign policy muscle. There is a less charitable name for intermediary liability regimes like Sec 79 of the IT Act — ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Feb 13, 2019 12:05 AM — Filed under: ,
Registering for Aadhaar in 2019
It is a lot less scary registering for Aadhaar in 2019 than it was in 2010, given how the authentication modalities have since evolved. by Sunil Abraham last modified Jan 03, 2019 02:59 PM — Filed under: , ,
A trust deficit between advertisers and publishers is leading to fake news
Transparency regulations is need of the hour. And urgently for election and political advertising. What do the ads look like? Who paid for them? Who was the ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Oct 02, 2018 06:44 AM — Filed under: , ,
India's Contribution to Internet Governance Debates
by Sunil Abraham last modified Aug 16, 2018 01:32 PM
Spreading unhappiness equally around
The section of civil society opposed to Aadhaar is unhappy because the UIDAI and all other state agencies that wish to can process data non-consensually. by Sunil Abraham last modified Jul 31, 2018 02:49 PM — Filed under: , ,
Lining up the data on the Srikrishna Privacy Draft Bill
In the run-up to the Justice BN Srikrishna committee report, some stakeholders have advocated that consent be eliminated and replaced with stronger ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Jul 31, 2018 02:52 AM — Filed under: ,
Why NPCI and Facebook need urgent regulatory attention
The world’s oldest networked infrastructure, money, is increasingly dematerialising and fusing with the world’s latest networked infrastructure, the Internet. by Sunil Abraham last modified Jun 12, 2018 02:07 AM — Filed under: , ,
Cambridge Analytica scandal: How India can save democracy from Facebook
Hegemonic incumbents like Google and Facebook need to be tackled with regulation; govt should use procurement power to fund open source alternatives. by Sunil Abraham last modified Mar 28, 2018 03:44 PM — Filed under: , , ,
ICANN Analysis
by Sunil Abraham last modified Mar 15, 2018 06:35 AM
Data Protection: We can innovate, leapfrog
About 27% of India's population is still illiterate or barely literate. Most privacy policies and terms of services for web and mobile applications are in ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Jan 22, 2018 01:45 AM — Filed under: , ,
Fixing Aadhaar: Security developers' task is to trim chances of data breach
The task before a security developer is not only to reduce the probability of identity breach but to eliminate certain occurrences. by Sunil Abraham last modified Jan 10, 2018 04:47 PM — Filed under: , ,
It’s the technology, stupid
Eleven reasons why the Aadhaar is not just non-smart but also insecure. by Sunil Abraham last modified Apr 07, 2017 12:53 PM — Filed under: , , ,
How Aadhaar compromises privacy? And how to fix it?
Aadhaar is mass surveillance technology. Unlike targeted surveillance which is a good thing, and essential for national security and public order – mass ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Apr 01, 2017 07:00 AM — Filed under: , , ,
Services like TwitterSeva aren’t the silver bullets they are made out to be
TwitterSeva is great, but it should not be considered a sufficient replacement for proper e-governance systems. This is because there are several serious ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Oct 06, 2016 04:31 PM — Filed under: ,
April 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to the CIS newsletter for April 2016. The key issues we worked on this month included the Aadhaar Act 2016, Standard Essential Patents, cyber security ... by Sunil Abraham last modified May 10, 2016 06:26 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Surveillance Project
The Aadhaar project’s technological design and architecture is an unmitigated disaster and no amount of legal fixes in the Act will make it any better. by Sunil Abraham last modified Apr 05, 2016 03:21 PM — Filed under: , ,
CIS - A2K Work Plan: July 2016 - June 2017
One of the key mandates of the Access to Knowledge (A2K) program at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is to work towards catalyzing the growth of the ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Apr 29, 2016 09:36 AM — Filed under: , , , ,
Facebook's Fall from Grace: Arab Spring to Indian Winter
Facebook’s Free Basics has been permanently banned in India! The Indian telecom regulator, TRAI has issued the world’s most stringent net neutrality ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Feb 11, 2016 03:51 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Free Basics: Negating net parity
Researchers funded by Facebook were apparently told by 92 per cent of Indians they surveyed from large cities, with Internet connection and college degree, ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Jan 03, 2016 05:58 AM — Filed under: , ,
The Free Basics debate: Trai has a point in imposing temporary ban on net neutrality
The argument against net neutrality in India is simple. Regulation cannot be based on dogma – evidence of harm must be provided before you can advocate for ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Dec 25, 2015 02:58 PM — Filed under: , ,
Facebook Shares 10 Key Facts about Free Basics. Here's What's Wrong with All 10 of Them.
Shweta Sengar of Catch News spoke to Sunil Abraham about the recent advertisement by Facebook titled "What Net Neutrality Activists won't Tell You or, the Top ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Dec 25, 2015 02:59 PM — Filed under: , , , ,
CIS's Position on Net Neutrality
As researchers committed to the principle of pluralism we rarely produce institutional positions. This is also because we tend to update our positions based on ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Dec 09, 2015 01:06 PM — Filed under: , , ,
Connected Trouble
The internet of things phenomenon is based on a paradigm shift from thinking of the internet merely as a means to connect individuals, corporations and other ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Oct 28, 2015 04:47 PM — Filed under: , ,
Hits and Misses With the Draft Encryption Policy
Most encryption standards are open standards. They are developed by open participation in a publicly scrutable process by industry, academia and governments in ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Sep 26, 2015 04:46 PM — Filed under: , , , ,
India’s digital check
All nine pillars of Digital India directly correlate with policy research conducted at the Centre for Internet and Society, where I have worked for the last ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Sep 15, 2015 02:55 PM — Filed under: , ,
Why the DNA Bill is open to misuse: Sunil Abraham
The Human DNA Profiling Bill, the law that regulates the collection, storage and use of the human genetic code, has attracted some strong criticism from civil ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Sep 13, 2015 08:37 AM — Filed under: , ,
The scariest bill in Parliament is getting no attention – here’s what you need to know about it
A bill proposes creation of a national DNA data bank, without requisite safeguards for privacy, and opens the information to everything from civic disputes to ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Sep 13, 2015 07:56 AM — Filed under: ,
Bangalore Chapter Meet of DSCI
The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) will host the Bangalore Chapter Meeting of Data Security Council of India (DSCI) on September 26, 2015 at its Bangalore ... by Sunil Abraham last modified Sep 09, 2015 01:40 AM — Filed under: , ,