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DNA ‘Evidence’: Only Opinion, Not Science, And Definitely Not Proof Of Crime!

by Elonnai Hickok and Murali Neelakantan — last modified Aug 22, 2018 12:43 AM

On August 9, 2018, the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 was introduced in the Lok Sabha and we commented on some key aspects of it earlier.

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ICANN response to DIDP #31 on diversity

by Akriti Bopanna and Akash Sriram — last modified Aug 21, 2018 05:35 PM
August 21, 2018

This post summarizes the response of ICANN to our inquiry on the diversity of their employees.

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Use of Visuals and Nudges in Privacy Notices

by Saumyaa Naidu — last modified Aug 22, 2018 01:16 PM
August 18, 2018

Nudging in privacy notices can be a privacy-enhancing tool. For example, informing users of how many people would have access to their data would help them make a decision. However, nudges can also be used to influence users towards making choices that compromise their privacy. For example, the visual design of default options on digital platforms currently nudge users to share their data. It is critical to ensure that there is mindful use of nudges, and that it is directed at the well being of the users.

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National Health Stack: Data For Data’s Sake, A Manmade Health Hazard

by Murali Neelakantan, Swaraj Barooah, Swagam Dasgupta and Torsha Sarkar — last modified Sep 16, 2018 05:01 AM

On Oct. 5, 2017, an HIV positive woman was denied admission in Hyderabad’s Osmania General Hospital even though she was entitled to free treatment under India’s National AIDS Control Organisation programme. Another incident around the same time witnessed a 24-year-old pregnant woman at Tikamgarh district hospital in Madhya Pradesh being denied treatment by hospital doctors once she tested positive for HIV. The patient reportedly delivered the twins outside the maternity ward after she was turned away by the hospital, but her newborn twin girls died soon after.

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India's Contribution to Internet Governance Debates

by Sunil Abraham, Mukta Batra, Geetha Hariharan, Swaraj Barooah and Akriti Bopanna — last modified Aug 16, 2018 03:38 PM

India's Contribution to Internet Governance Debates", an article by Sunil Abraham, Mukta Batra, Geetha Hariharan, Swaraj Barooah and Akriti Bopanna, was recently published in the NLUD Student Law Journal, an annual peer-reviewed journal published by the National Law University, Delhi.

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Future of Work: Report of the ‘Workshop on the IT/IT-eS Sector and the Future of Work in India’

by Ambika Tandon — last modified Aug 16, 2018 02:54 AM

This report provides an overview of the proceedings and outcomes of the Workshop on the IT/IT-eS Sector and the Future of Work in India (hereinafter referred to as the “Workshop”), organised at Omidyar Networks’ office in Bangalore, on June 29, 2018.

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The National Health Stack: An Expensive, Temporary Placebo

by Murali Neelakantan, Swaraj Barooah, Swagam Dasgupta, and Torsha Sarkar — last modified Aug 13, 2018 03:13 PM

The year 2002 saw the introduction of a very ambitious National Program for Information Technology in the United Kingdom with the goal to transform the National Health Service — a pre-existing state-sponsored universal healthcare program. This would include a centralised, digital healthcare record for patients and secure access for 30,000 professionals across 300 hospitals.

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Anti-trafficking Bill may lead to censorship

by Swaraj Barooah and Gurshabad Grover — last modified Aug 02, 2018 01:59 PM

There are a few problematic provisions in the proposed legislation—it may severely impact freedom of expression.

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Spreading unhappiness equally around

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Jul 31, 2018 02:49 PM

The section of civil society opposed to Aadhaar is unhappy because the UIDAI and all other state agencies that wish to can process data non-consensually.

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Lining up the data on the Srikrishna Privacy Draft Bill

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Jul 31, 2018 02:52 AM
July 31, 2018

In the run-up to the Justice BN Srikrishna committee report, some stakeholders have advocated that consent be eliminated and replaced with stronger accountability obligations. This was rejected and the committee has released a draft bill that has consent as the bedrock just like the GDPR. And like the GDPR there exists legal basis for nonconsensual processing of data for the “functions of the state”. What does this mean for lawabiding persons?

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