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Blog Entry Facebook's Fall from Grace: Arab Spring to Indian Winter
by Sunil Abraham published Feb 11, 2016 last modified Feb 11, 2016 03:51 PM — filed under: , , ,
Facebook’s Free Basics has been permanently banned in India! The Indian telecom regulator, TRAI has issued the world’s most stringent net neutrality regulation! To be more accurate, there is more to come from TRAI in terms of net neutrality regulations especially for throttling and blocking but if the discriminatory tariff regulation is anything to go by we can expect quite a tough regulatory stance against other net neutrality violations as well.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Free Basics: Negating net parity
by Sunil Abraham published Jan 03, 2016 — filed under: , ,
Researchers funded by Facebook were apparently told by 92 per cent of Indians they surveyed from large cities, with Internet connection and college degree, that the Internet “is a human right and that Free Basics can help bring Internet to all of India.” What a strange way to frame the question given that the Internet is not a human right in most jurisdictions.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry The Free Basics debate: Trai has a point in imposing temporary ban on net neutrality
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 25, 2015 — filed under: , ,
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 rules for ISPs and telecom operators.
Located in Telecom / Blog
Blog Entry Facebook Shares 10 Key Facts about Free Basics. Here's What's Wrong with All 10 of Them.
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 25, 2015 last modified Dec 25, 2015 02:59 PM — filed under: , , , ,
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 10 Facts about Free Basics". Sunil argued against the validity of all the 'top 10 facts'.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry CIS's Position on Net Neutrality
by Sunil Abraham published Dec 04, 2015 last modified Dec 09, 2015 01:06 PM — filed under: , , ,
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 research outputs. But the lack of clarity around our position on network neutrality has led some stakeholders to believe that we are advocating for forbearance. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Please see below for the current articulation of our common institutional position.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Connected Trouble
by Sunil Abraham published Oct 28, 2015 — filed under: , ,
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 institutions to an internet where all devices in (insulin pumps and pacemakers), on (wearable technology) and around (domestic appliances and vehicles) humans beings are connected.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry Hits and Misses With the Draft Encryption Policy
by Sunil Abraham published Sep 26, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
Most encryption standards are open standards. They are developed by open participation in a publicly scrutable process by industry, academia and governments in standard setting organisations (SSOs) using the principles of “rough consensus” – sometimes established by the number of participants humming in unison – and “running code” – a working implementation of the standard. The open model of standards development is based on the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) philosophy that “many eyes make all bugs shallow”.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Blog Entry India’s digital check
by Sunil Abraham published Jul 08, 2015 last modified Sep 15, 2015 02:55 PM — filed under: , ,
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 seven years. This allows our research outputs to speak directly to the priorities of the government when it comes to digital transformation.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Why the DNA Bill is open to misuse: Sunil Abraham
by Sunil Abraham published Aug 01, 2015 last modified Sep 13, 2015 08:37 AM — filed under: , ,
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 liberties groups including the Bengaluru-based Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) which had participated in the expert committee for DNA profiling constituted by the Department of Biotechnology in 2012.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
The scariest bill in Parliament is getting no attention – here’s what you need to know about it
by Sunil Abraham published Jul 24, 2015 last modified Sep 13, 2015 07:56 AM — filed under: ,
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 compilation of statistics.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media