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Groundbreaking disability rights activist Javed Abidi dies at 53
March 06, 2018

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) expresses profound regret at the demise of Mr. Javed Abidi, a groundbreaking disability rights activist.

Comments on Guidelines for Indian Government Websites November 26, 2017
Comments on Mobile Accessibility Guidelines January 03, 2018
Why GST Is A Step Backward For The Disabled July 03, 2017
GST - A Barrier to Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities June 24, 2017
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Commemorating Chandan Chiring (1990-2024)
Commemorating Chandan Chiring (1990-2024)
May 06, 2024

With a heavy heart, I am deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Chandan Chiring Phukan at 11:30 pm on Saturday, April 27th. Chandan Chiring was born on November 14, 1990, in Titabor, Jorhat district of Assam.

Open Movement in India (2013-23): The Idea and Its Expressions February 10, 2024
Security of Open Source Software : A Survey of Technical Stakeholders’ Perceptions and Actions April 13, 2023
Securing Our Dependence on Code Reuse in Software April 13, 2023
Digitisation of O Bharat, a bilingual biweekly published in Goa from 1912 to 1949 October 11, 2022
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How the Telecom Act undermines personal liberties
February 20, 2024

In this article, Prof. Rajat Kathuria and Isha Suri analyse whether the law has enough safeguards and an independent regulatory architecture to protect the rights of citizens. The authors posit that the current version leaves the door open for an overenthusiastic enforcement machinery to suppress fundamental rights without any meaningful checks and balances.

Comments to the Telecommunications Bill, 2023 December 22, 2023
Why spectrum needs a change in approach January 18, 2023
 CIS’ Comments to the (Draft) Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022 November 22, 2022
An Overview of Telecommunications Policy and Regulation Framework in India March 25, 2022
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Access to Knowledge (A2K)
Open Movement in India (2013-23): The Idea and Its Expressions
February 10, 2024

This report identifies some broad patterns that have materialized in the Open Movement in the country in the last decade. The report is based on a reading of the available literature on selected projects and conversations with academicians and advocates of the Open. The rough outline of the Open initiatives is accompanied by reflections on the nature of the Open here and the need to envision it differently from what it currently is.

Using the Wikimedia sphere for the revitalization of small and underrepresented languages in India February 10, 2024
Commemorating Ulo Senthamizh Kodai (1945 - 2024): A Luminary of Tamil Open Knowledge Movement February 08, 2024
Information Disorders and their Regulation January 31, 2024
WIPO SCCR 43: Notes from Day 3 April 28, 2023
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Internet Governance
Draft Circular on Digital Lending – Transparency in Aggregation of Loan Products from Multiple Lenders
July 03, 2024

CIS is grateful for the opportunity to submit comments on the “Draft Circular on Digital Lending: Transparency in Aggregation of Loan Products from Multiple Lenders” to the Reserve Bank of India. We welcome the opportunity provided to comment on the guidelines, and we hope that the final guidelines will consider the interests of all the stakeholders to ensure that it protects the privacy and digital rights of all consumers, including marginalised and vulnerable users, while encouraging innovation and improved service delivery in the fintech ecosystem. Our comments look at two concerns addressed by the draft guidelines, i.e. reducing information asymmetry and market fairness. In addition to this we share comments around a third concern that requires additional scrutiny, i.e. data privacy and security.

Legal Advocacy Manual July 01, 2024
A Guide to Navigating Your Digital Rights July 01, 2024
Comments to the Draft Digital Competition Bill, 2024 May 16, 2024
Consultation on Gendered Information Disorder in India April 06, 2024
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Karnataka’s uniform fare policy—Do attempts at parity consider the impact on workers?
Karnataka’s uniform fare policy—Do attempts at parity consider the impact on workers?
July 08, 2024

Chiara Furtado and Nishkala Sekhar write in The News Minute about the Karnataka transport department’s February 2024 fare policy aiming for parity between aggregator (app-based) and other taxis. While policy interventions towards parity is a welcome step, the article highlights how inequalities and systemic barriers to parity remain for workers.

‘Future of work’ or 21st–century oppressed labour?: Findings from an AIGWU survey with 50 Urban Company housekeeping workers in Bengaluru May 16, 2024
That Is Not A Livelihood – That Is Helplessness”: Field notes from the Fraazo Delivery Workers Strike in Noida, Greater Noida, and Ghaziabad April 24, 2024
The Platform Economy’s Gatekeeping of Class and Caste Dominance in Urban India April 19, 2024
Online Gender Based Violence on Short Form Video Platforms April 11, 2024
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