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Samantha Cassar

by Ben Bas last modified Aug 12, 2014 03:54 PM
Samantha is from the University of Toronto, and has been undergoing preliminary policy research for the Centre for Internet & Society looking at the legal aspects of India's mobile app ecosystem to better enable developers within it. Her research has involved interviews with mobile app developers and other community members, as well as a nation-wide industry survey on legal practices within mobile app development.
Blog Entry Interviews with App Developers: Name of the Game (Part IV) by Samantha Cassar — last modified Apr 03, 2015 08:58 AM
The following is a concluding piece in a series reporting on interviews conducted with 10 of Bangalore's mobile app developers and other industry stakeholders. Within this research, CIS attempts to understand how they engage with the law within their practice, particularly with respect to IP. Here we examine responses given across interviews regarding instances of infringement of IP within their work.
Blog Entry Mobile App Developer Series: Terms of Agreement – Part IV by Samantha Cassar — last modified Apr 03, 2015 08:26 AM
The following is Part Four in a series reporting on interviews conducted with 10 of Bangalore's mobile app developers and other industry stakeholders. Through this research, CIS attempts to understand how the developers interviewed engage with the law within their practice, particularly with respect to IP. Here we examine different attitudes and work practices related to contracts agreements and developer culture in the legal realm.
Blog Entry Interviews with App Developers: Open Source, Community, and Contradictions – Part III by Samantha Cassar — last modified Apr 03, 2015 08:15 AM
The following is a third post within a series reporting on interviews conducted with 10 of Bangalore's mobile app developers and other industry stakeholders. Through this research, CIS attempts to understand how the developers interviewed engage with the law within their practice, particularly with respect to IP. Here we examine different attitudes and perspectives towards themes related to open software, as well as contract agreements.
Blog Entry Interviews with App Developers: [dis]regard towards IPR vs. Patent Hype – Part II by Samantha Cassar — last modified Aug 19, 2014 03:51 AM
The following is a second post within a series reporting on interviews conducted with 10 of Bangalore's mobile app developers and other industry stakeholders. Within this research, CIS attempts to understand how they engage with the law within their practice, particularly with respect to IP. Here we examine how these developers responded to a question on legal protection for their works.
Blog Entry Online Survey for Indian Mobile App Developer Startups & Enterprises by Samantha Cassar — last modified Apr 15, 2014 08:33 AM
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) recently released an online survey for mobile app developers to respond on their legal practices within their work, as well as their business models and familiarity with India's laws. Through this research initiative, CIS hopes to better understand the dynamics of India's mobile app ecosystem amongst stakeholders, and how developers are directly or indirectly affected by the laws in place governing this ecosystem.
Blog Entry App Developers Series: Products-Services Dichotomy & IP (Part I) by Samantha Cassar — last modified Jul 21, 2014 01:43 AM
Recently, the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) held a series of interviews in attempts to better understand the ecosystem in which India's mobile app industry is emerging, how it is governed by India's current laws, and how mobile app developers are affected as a result. The following written series maps out the given responses and presents our findings from these interviews and accompanying conversations.
Blog Entry Cultural Interests vs. Modernization: Robert Shapiro on IPR & Innovation in India by Samantha Cassar — last modified Apr 03, 2014 10:54 AM
Last Friday March 28, 2014, prominent economist and chairman of Sonecon, llc, Dr. Robert Shapiro, lead a discussion on the roles of IPR and FDI in innovation. Within his research findings, Shapiro argues for India to adopt a stricter IP regime in order to attract higher rates of FDI in pharmaceuticals and other industries, and in turn, to spur a more successful economy.
Blog Entry Institute for Internet & Society 2014, Pune by Samantha Cassar — last modified Apr 07, 2014 11:31 AM
Last month, activists, journalists, researchers, and members of civil society came together at the 2014 Institute for Internet & Society in Pune, which was hosted by CIS and funded by the Ford Foundation. The Institute was a week long, in which participants heard from speakers from various backgrounds on issues arising out of the intersection of internet and society, such as intellectual property, freedom of expression, and accessibility, to name a few. Below is an official reporting summarizing sessions that took place.
Blog Entry The Game of IPR: Insights from the 6th Global Intellectual Property Convention in Hyderabad by Samantha Cassar — last modified Jan 31, 2014 09:56 AM
IP practitioners and IP creators were among the 1700 participants to gather at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre earlier this month. Here, CIS had the opportunity of listening in on perspectives around the “Optimization of economic value of innovation & IPR in the global market” while attending numerous talks and sessions that were held over the course of the convention’s three days.
Blog Entry Open Letter to the Vatican: Request for Holy See to Comment on IPR by Samantha Cassar — last modified Jan 31, 2014 07:14 AM
Due to the Holy See’s demonstrated pro-access position to medicines and published materials for persons with disabilities, the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) requested for His Excellency, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, to also consider copyrights, patents or IPR more generally, as the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at WIPO. We strongly encourage other organizations and civil society groups to modify this letter, as needed, and to contact the Holy See Mission to the United Nations (and WIPO) in Geneva in order to help us prompt His Excellency to contribute to the international dialogue on IPR.
Blog Entry Ambiguity in the App Store: Understanding India’s emerging IT sector in light of IP by Samantha Cassar — last modified Apr 15, 2014 08:24 AM
Mobile applications hold immense potential for India but are not fully understood by even their own developers in the context of India’s intellectual property (IP) regime. This is the first in a series of blog posts introducing CIS's new access to knowledge research initiative that seeks to understand how stakeholders encounter India’s IP law and what this means for the mobile app ecosystem, and in turn, the Indian mobile user. This research also aims to address problematic policy areas for innovation and protection for developers, as well as to comment on India’s regime with respect to the emerging mobile app sector.
Blog Entry Mapping Digital Media: Broadcasting, Journalism and Activism in India: A Public Consultation by Samantha Cassar — last modified Nov 07, 2013 03:38 AM
Lawyers, researchers, journalists and activists gathered on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the Bangalore International Centre in response to India’s country report on Mapping Digital Media, which examines citizen’s access to quality news and information across different industries, and impacts on media freedoms as a result of digitisation. Respondents examined themes related to regulation, journalism and activism, and engaging discussions took place among attendees.

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