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Comments to the United Nations Human Rights Commission Report on Gender and Privacy

Posted by Aayush Rathi, Ambika Tandon and Pallavi Bedi at Oct 24, 2019 04:25 AM |
This submission presents a response by researchers at the Centre for Internet & Society, India (CIS) to the ‘Gender issues arising in the digital era and their impacts on women, men and individuals of diverse sexual orientations gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics’ – A Report of Consultation by the SRP Thematic Taskforce ‘Privacy and Personality’ (hereafter HRC Gender Report).

CIS is an 11-year old non-profit organisation that undertakes interdisciplinary research on internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives. Through its diverse initiatives, CIS explores, intervenes in, and advances contemporary discourse and regulatory practices around internet, technology, and society in India,and elsewhere. Current focus areas include cybersecurity, privacy, freedom of speech, labour and artificial intelligence. CIS has been taking efforts to mainstream gender across its programmes, as well as develop specifically gender-focused research using a feminist approach.

CIS appreciates the efforts of Dr. Elizabeth Coombs, Chair, Thematic Action Stream Taskforce on “A better understanding of privacy”, and those of Professor Joseph Cannataci, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy. We are also grateful for the opportunity to put forth our views and comment on the HRC Gender Report.


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