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Aadhaar: Ushering in a Commercialized Era of Surveillance in India
by Prasad Krishna published Jun 07, 2017 — filed under: , ,
Since last year, Indian citizens have been required to submit their photograph, iris and fingerprint scans in order to access legal entitlements, benefits, compensation, scholarships, and even nutrition programs. Submitting biometric information is needed for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers, the training and aid of disabled people, and anti-retroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients. Soon police in the Alwar district of Rajasthan will be able to register criminals, and track missing persons through an app that integrates biometric information with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems (CCTNS).
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Debate over #Aadhaar Turns Nasty as Critics Accuse Supporters of Online Trolling
by Prasad Krishna published May 19, 2017 last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:09 PM — filed under: , ,
Internet Freedom Foundation’s Kiran Jonnalagadda has alleged that iSPIRT and its co-founder Sharad Sharma set up fake Twitter profiles to harass, intimidate Aadhaar critics.
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Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System
by Prasad Krishna published May 31, 2017 last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:34 PM — filed under: , ,
India's biometric state ID system has been leaking citizens’ data for months. When this information surfaced in April 2017, it stoked fears that the system could be used as an instrument of surveillance against Indian residents.
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Blog Entry Digital native: Look before you (digitally) leap
by Nishant Shah published May 28, 2017 last modified Jun 08, 2017 01:22 AM — filed under: , ,
Creating a digital future is great, but there’s a serious need to secure the infrastructure first.
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New law to unlock data economy
by Prasad Krishna published Jun 12, 2017 — filed under: , ,
Proposal has been sent to PMO for approval.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Why did Nandan Nilekani praise a Twitter troll?
by Prasad Krishna published Jun 12, 2017 — filed under: , ,
As the Supreme Court upholds the linking of ‘Aadhar’ with PAN, questions around ex-UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani praising iSPIRT head Sharad Sharma Twitter troll and ‘Aadhar’s privacy properties will continue to be asked.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry An Urgent Need for the Right to Privacy
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Mar 16, 2016 last modified Mar 17, 2016 07:40 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Along with a group of individuals and organisations from academia and civil society, we have drafted and are signatories to an open letter addressed to the Union government and urging the same to "urgently take steps to uphold the constitutional basis to the right to privacy and fulfil it’s constitutional and international obligations." Here we publish the text of the open letter. Please follow the link below to support it by joining the signatories.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Press Release, March 15, 2016: The New Bill Makes Aadhaar Compulsory!
by Amber Sinha published Mar 16, 2016 — filed under: , , , , , ,
We published and circulated the following press release on March 15, 2016, to highlight the fact that the Section 7 of the Aadhaar Bill, 2016 states that authentication of the person using her/his Aadhaar number can be made mandatory for the purpose of disbursement of government subsidies, benefits, and services; and in case the person does not have an Aadhaar number, s/he will have to apply for Aadhaar enrolment.
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Govt narrative on Aadhaar has not changed in the last six years: Sunil Abraham
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 16, 2016 — filed under: , ,
The bill is basically the same as the UPA version, with some cosmetic changes, and some tokenism towards the right to privacy, says Abraham.
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Aadhaar is actually surveillance tech: Sunil Abraham
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 16, 2016 — filed under: , ,
On March 12, the Lok Sabha passed the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, paving the way for giving legal status to Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number generated after collecting biometric and other details of an Indian resident.
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