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Summary of UID Public Meeting, August 25 2010

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:28 AM
August 27, 2010

A summary of the "No UID" public meeting that took place on Aug. 25th at the Constitution Club, New Dehli.

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No UID Campaign in New Delhi - A Report

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jun 20, 2012 03:51 AM
August 26, 2010

The Unique Identification (UID) Bill is not pro-citizen. The scheme is deeply undemocratic, expensive and fraught with unforseen consequences. A public meeting on UID was held at the Constitution Club, Rafi Marg in New Delhi on 25 August, 2010. The said Bill came under scrutiny at the meeting which was organised by civil society groups from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi campaigning under the banner of "No UID". The speakers brought to light many concerns, unanswered questions and problems of the UID scheme.

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Wherever you are, whatever you do

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:12 AM
August 25, 2010

Facebook recently launched a location-based service called Places. Privacy advocates are resenting to this new development. Sunil Abraham identifies the three prime reasons for this outcry against Facebook. The article was published in the Indian Express on 23 August, 2010.

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Control Shift?

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:22 AM
August 23, 2010

The USA has ceded control of the Internet over to Icann, but only partially. (This post appeared as an article in Down to Earth, in the issue dated November 15, 2009.)

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Does the Government want to enter our homes?

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:12 AM
August 13, 2010

When rogue politicians and bureaucrats are granted unrestricted access to information then the very future of democracy and free media will be in jeopardy. In an article published in the Pune Mirror on 10 August, 2010, Sunil Abraham examines this in light of the BlackBerry-to-BlackBerry messenger service that the Government of India plans to block if its makers do not allow the monitoring of messages. He says that civil society should rather resist and insist on suitable checks and balances like governmental transparency and a fair judicial oversight instead of allowing the government to intrude into the privacy and civil liberties of its citizens.

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UID Project in India - Some Possible Ramifications

by Liliyan — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:13 AM
August 11, 2010

Having a standard for decentralized ID verification rather than a centralized database that would more often than not be misused by various authorities will solve ID problems, writes Liliyan in this blog entry. These blog posts to be published in a series will voice the expert opinions of researchers and critics on the UID project and present its unique shortcomings to the reader.

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Civil Liberties and the amended Information Technology Act, 2000

by Malavika Jayaram — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:13 AM
August 05, 2010

This post examines certain limitations of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (as amended in 2008). Malavika Jayaram points out the fact that when most countries of the world are adopting plain English instead of the conventional legal terminology for better understanding, India seems to be stuck in the old-fashioned method thereby, struggling to maintain a balance between clarity and flexibility in drafting its laws. The present Act, she says, is although an improvement over the old Act and seeks to address and improve on certain areas in the right direction but still comes up short in making necessary changes when it comes to fundamental rights and personal liberties. The new Act retains elements from the previous one making it an abnormal document and this could have been averted if there had been some attention to detail.

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Feedback to the NIA Bill

by Elonnai Hickok — last modified Mar 21, 2012 10:14 AM

Malavika Jayaram and Elonnai Hickok introduce the formal submission of CIS to the proposed National Identification Authority of India (NIA) Bill, 2010, which would give every resident a unique identity. The submissions contain the detailed comments on the draft bill and the high level summary of concerns with the NIA Bill submitted to the UIDAI on 13 July, 2010.

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Does the Safe-Harbor Program Adequately Address Third Parties Online?

by Rebecca Schild — last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:19 AM

While many citizens outside of the US and EU benefit from the data privacy provisions the Safe Harbor Program, it remains unclear how successfully the program can govern privacy practices when third-parties continue to gain more rights over personal data. Using Facebook as a site of analysis, I will attempt to shed light on the deficiencies of the framework for addressing the complexity of data flows in the online ecosystem.

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Report on the Fourth Internet Governance Forum for Commonwealth IGF

by Pranesh Prakash — last modified Feb 29, 2012 05:42 AM

This report by Pranesh Prakash reflects on the question of how useful the IGF is in the light of meetings on the themes of intellectual property, freedom of speech and privacy.

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