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Google Policy Fellowship Program: Asia Chapter

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:34 AM
February 24, 2011

For the ardent followers of free and open Internet and for those who love to debate on technology, media law and Internet-related policy issues, there is some good news. The Centre for Internet and Society, India is conducting a Google Policy Fellowship program this summer!

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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: UID and Transactions

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Feb 24, 2011 01:35 PM
February 17, 2011

Since official documentation from the UIDAI is very limited, we assume that data pertaining to transactions would comprise of the Aadhaar number, identifier of the authenticating device, date-time stamp, and approval/rejection/error code. Recording and maintaining of data pertaining to transactions is very important because it increases transparency and accountability through an audit trail. However, storage of such sensitive data creates many privacy risks, because more often than not metadata gives you as much intelligence as raw data.

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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: UID Budget

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Feb 17, 2011 11:18 AM
February 16, 2011

This note presents the aspects of the UID project, which have not been considered or incorporated into the UID’s budget. The costs include re-enrollment, loss in human time, and the cost of the audit function.

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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: Operational Design

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Feb 17, 2011 10:02 AM
February 16, 2011

The objective of the UID project is to provide identity infrastructure that is not susceptible to fraud or error. This note highlights parts of the operational design of the project, which are flawed. We plead that each point be taken into consideration and that the design be suitably revised.

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Open Letter to the Finance Committe: Biometrics

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Feb 17, 2011 01:12 PM
February 16, 2011

This note points out the weaknesses inherent in biometrics and the pitfalls in using them. It recommends procedural safeguards that should be adopted by the UID in order to make the use of biometrics more secure and inclusive.

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Open Letter to the Finance Committee: Finance and Security

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Feb 17, 2011 11:57 AM
February 09, 2011

This note explores the three connections between finance and security and demonstrates the cost implications of operating a centrally designed identity management system as proposed by the UID. In doing so, it shows how the monitoring, storing, and securing of transactional data in a centralized database fall short of meeting the project's objectives of authentication, and thus is an additional cost. Further, it is argued that the blanket monitoring of the transaction database is not an effective method of detecting fraud, and is an expensive component of the project.

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Conference Report: 'Privacy Matters' Bangalore

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Feb 08, 2011 05:13 AM
February 07, 2011

On February 5th the 'Privacy Matters" conference was held at the TERI Regional Center in Bangalore. The event was a full day and centered around issues of privacy including: privacy rights of minorities, privacy and open government data, and privacy and identity.

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Analysing the Right to Privacy and Dignity with Respect to the UID

by Deva Prasad — last modified Mar 21, 2012 09:54 AM
January 26, 2011

In the below note, Deva Prasad, LLM Candidate at NLSIU, explores the challenges that the UID project faces from a legal perspective.

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Privacy Matters — Conference Report

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jan 27, 2011 10:22 AM
January 24, 2011

A one-day conference on Privacy Matters was held on Sunday, 23 January 2011 at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Law School in Kolkata. This was the first of a series of eleven conferences on ‘privacy’ that Privacy India is scheduled to host in different Indian cities from January to June this year. Members of Parliament, Sri Manoj Bhattacharya from the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Sri Nilotpal Basu from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) spoke in the conference. Students, the civil society and lawyers also participated in it.

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Privacy Matters Conference Agenda

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jan 14, 2011 11:45 AM
January 14, 2011

The "Privacy Matters" conference is taking place on Sunday January 23rd, at NUJS Law school at 10:30. It is a full day event that will discuss the challenges and concerns of privacy in India. Below is the agenda for the event. We look forward to your participation and attendance.

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