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Blog Entry How Aadhaar compromises privacy? And how to fix it?
by Sunil Abraham published Mar 31, 2017 last modified Apr 01, 2017 07:00 AM — filed under: , , ,
Aadhaar is mass surveillance technology. Unlike targeted surveillance which is a good thing, and essential for national security and public order – mass surveillance undermines security. And while biometrics is appropriate for targeted surveillance by the state – it is wholly inappropriate for everyday transactions between the state and law abiding citizens.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Surveillance in India: Policy and Practice
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 13, 2017 last modified Mar 15, 2017 01:05 AM — filed under: , , ,
The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy organized a brainstorming session on net neutrality on February 8, 2017 and a public seminar on surveillance in India the following day on February 9, 2017 in New Delhi. Pranesh Prakash gave a talk.
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Blog Entry The Design & Technology behind India’s Surveillance Programmes
by Udbhav Tiwari published Jan 20, 2017 — filed under: , ,
There has been an exponential growth in the pervasive presence of technology in the daily lives of an average Indian citizen over the past few years. While leading to manifold increase in convenience and connectivity, these technologies also allow for far greater potential for surveillance by state actors.
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Blog Entry Social Media Monitoring
by Amber Sinha published Jan 13, 2017 last modified Jan 16, 2017 02:23 PM — filed under: , ,
We see a trend of social media and communication monitoring and surveillance initiatives in India which have the potential to create a chilling effect on free speech online and raises question about the privacy of individuals. In this paper, Amber Sinha looks at social media monitoring as a tool for surveillance, the current state of social media surveillance in India, and evaluate how the existing regulatory framework in India may deal with such practices in future.
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Blog Entry Workshop Report - UIDAI and Welfare Services: Exclusion and Countermeasures
by Vanya Rakesh published Dec 14, 2016 last modified Mar 16, 2019 04:34 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
This report presents summarised notes from a workshop organised by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) on Saturday, August 27, 2016, to discuss, raise awareness of, and devise countermeasures to exclusion due to implementation of UID-based verification for and distribution of welfare services.
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Workshop on 'Privacy after Big Data' (Delhi, November 12)
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Nov 02, 2016 last modified Nov 12, 2016 10:14 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
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.
Located in Internet Governance / Events
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 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 Are we Losing the Right to Privacy and Freedom of Speech on Indian Internet?
by Amber Sinha published Mar 10, 2016 last modified Mar 16, 2016 02:44 PM — filed under: , , ,
The article was published in DNA on March 10, 2016.
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Blog Entry Transparency in Surveillance
by Vipul Kharbanda published Jan 23, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Transparency is an essential need for any democracy to function effectively. It may not be the only requirement for the effective functioning of a democracy, but it is one of the most important principles which need to be adhered to in a democratic state.
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