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Blog Entry CIS Submission to TRAI Consultation Note on Model for Nation-wide Interoperable and Scalable Public Wi-Fi Networks
by Japreet Grewal, Pranesh Prakash, Sharath Chandra, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Sunil Abraham, and Udbhav Tiwari, with expert comments from Amelia Andersdotter published Dec 12, 2016 last modified Dec 12, 2016 01:59 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
​This submission presents responses by the CIS on the ​Consultation Note on Model for Nation-wide Interoperable and Scalable Public Wi-Fi Networks published by the TRAI on November 15, 2016. Our analysis of the solution proposed in the Note, in brief, is that there is no need of a solution for non-existing interoperability problem for authentication and payment services for accessing public Wi-Fi networks. The proposed solution in this Note only adds to over-regulation in this sector, and does not incentivise new investment in the sector, but only establishes UIDAI and NPCI as the monopoly service providers for authentication and payment services.
Located in Telecom / Blog
Free Net advocates flay Trai's public Wi-Fi paper
by Prasad Krishna published Nov 20, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Stakeholders vouching for a cheap and open Internet have flagged concerns over privacy and regulatory hurdles.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Big Data in India: Benefits, Harms, and Human Rights - Workshop Report
by Vidushi Marda, Akash Deep Singh and Geethanjali Jujjavarapu published Nov 14, 2016 last modified Nov 18, 2016 12:58 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Centre for Internet and Society held a one-day workshop on “Big Data in India: Benefits, Harms and Human Rights” at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on the 1st of October, 2016. This report is a compilation of the the issues discussed, ideas exchanged and challenges recognized during the workshop. The objective of the workshop was to discuss aspects of big data technologies in terms of harms, opportunities and human rights. The discussion was designed around an extensive study of current and potential future uses of big data for governance in India, that CIS has undertaken over the last year with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
Located in Internet Governance
Workshop on Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age (Delhi, November 14-15)
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Oct 31, 2016 last modified Dec 15, 2016 09:27 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
IT for Change, along with Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) and National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), is organising a two day workshop on ‘Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age’. The workshop will focus on evolving a comprehensive policy approach to data based governance and digital democracy, grounded in a rights and social justice framework. It will be held at the United Service Institution of India, Delhi, during November 14-15, 2016. The CIS team to participate in the workshop includes Sumandro Chattapadhyay (speaker), Amber Sinha (speaker), Vanya Rakesh (participant), and Himadri Chatterjee (participant).
Located in Internet Governance / Events
Intelligence agencies will not have open access to Aadhaar data: UIDAI chief
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 21, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Intelligence agencies will not have free access to Aadhaar data, a top government official said on Thursday, looking to assuage fears of abuse of personal information.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
New regulations in place; Aadhaar Card records to be preserved for 7 yrs by Centre
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 17, 2016 — filed under: , ,
UIDAI chief executive office ABP Pandey said that the concerns regarding Aadhar card-related benefits were "exaggerated" and that the agency will keep the records in case any disputes arise in the future.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Govt to keep Aadhaar record for 7 years, activists worried
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 17, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
The government will keep for seven years a record of all the services and benefits availed using the Aadhaar number, say new rules, prompting fears that the database could be used for surveillance.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Request for Specifics: Rebuttal to UIDAI
by Hans Varghese Mathews published Oct 16, 2016 last modified Oct 30, 2016 03:06 PM — filed under: , , ,
Responding to the Unique Identification Authority of India’s article that found “serious mathematical errors” in “Flaws in the UIDAI Process” (EPW 12 March 2016), the main mathematical argument used to arrive at the number of duplicates in the biometric database is explained.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Right to Food Campaign, Ranchi Convention, 2016
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Sep 26, 2016 last modified Mar 16, 2019 04:40 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
The Right to Food Campaign held its 2016 Convention in Ranchi during September 23-25, 2016. While three years have elapsed since the passage of the National Food Security Act, despite improvements in the Public Distribution System (PDS), large implementation gaps remain. This is what the Convention focused on, and gathered researchers and campaigners from across the country to share experiences and case studies on effectiveness and exclusions from the PDS. Sumandro Chattapadhyay took part in a session of the Convention to discuss how UID-linked welfare delivery is being rolled out across key programmes like provision of pension and rationed distribution of essential commodities, and their impact on people's right to welfare services.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Glaring Errors in UIDAI's Rebuttal
by Pranesh Prakash published Sep 18, 2016 last modified Sep 18, 2016 03:22 AM — filed under: , , ,
This response note by Pranesh Prakash questions Unique Identification Authority of India’s reply to Hans Verghese Mathews' article titled “Flaws in the UIDAI Process” (EPW, March 12, 2016), which found “serious mathematical errors” in the article.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog