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Securing e-Governance: Ensuring Data Protection and Privacy

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 15, 2012 04:10 AM
Privacy India in partnership with the Centre for Internet & Society, International Development Research Centre, and Society in Action Group is organizing a discussion on E-Governance. It is based on the theme, ‘Security and Privacy Issues’, and will be held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on June 16, 2012, from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Registration is free and open to the public.

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Jun 16, 2012
from 01:30 AM to 09:00 AM


Atira Campus, Seminar Hall No. 11, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Ahmedabad, India

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India has witnessed a rapid proliferation of the use of information and communication technology in the delivery of government services. E-government is seen as an instrument to simultaneously increase the efficiency, transparency and accountability of public administration and improve public service delivery. Consequently, this has transformed the traditional delivery of public sector services, this is known as “e-governance”. These developments have implications and pose challenges for privacy and security. 

The right to privacy in India has been a neglected area of study and engagement. Although sectoral legislation deals with privacy issues, India does not as yet have a horizontal legislation that deals comprehensively with privacy across all contexts. The absence of a minimum guarantee of privacy is felt most heavily by marginalized communities, including HIV patients, children, women, sexuality minorities, prisoners, etc. — people who most need to know that sensitive information is protected.

Since June 2010, Privacy India in collaboration with Privacy International, based in London, has been engaging in public awareness through workshops and consultations. These provide a platform for policy makers, sectoral experts, NGOs, and the public to discuss and deliberate different questions of privacy, its intersections and its implications with our everyday life. The discussions have ranged from topics of identity and privacy, to minority rights and privacy, and consumer privacy.  The workshops have been organized in different cities — Bangalore, Guwahati, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, etc.


9.00 - 9.30
9.30 - 10.00
Prashant Iyengar is a practicing lawyer and lead researcher for Privacy India. He will present who Privacy India is, and the objectives of Privacy India's research. His presentation will focus on discussing privacy in India.
10.00 - 10.15
Tea Break
10.15 - 10.45

Session I

People as the Most Vulnerable Link in e-Governance
Dr. Nityesh Bhatt, Sr. Associate Professor and Chairperson in the information Management Area at Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
10.45 - 11.15
Ongoing e-Governance projects: Issue with security and privacy
Professor Subhash Bhatnagar, Advisor - Center for Electronic Governance, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
11.15 - 11.25
11.25 - 11.55
E-governance: What is it?
Mr. Gopalkrishnan Devanathan (Kris Dev), Co-founder of the International Transparency and Accountability Network.
11.55 - 12.25
Security and privacy in e-governance with reference to the Gujarat Government
Dr. Neeta Shah, Director (eGovernance), Gujarat Informatics, Ltd.
12.25 - 12.35
12.35 - 1.20
Lunch Break
1.20 - 1.50

Session II

Cyber Usages: Challenges and Dispute Resolution 
Utkarsh JaniAdvocate, Jani Advocates
1.50 - 2.20
Concern for privacy and security of the common man
Dr. Mrinalini Shah, Professor of Operations Management at Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
2.20 - 2.50
Security issues in e-Governance: A hacker's perspective
Mr. Sunny Vaghela, Founder & CTO, TechDefence Private Limited
2.50 - 3.00
3.00 - 3.30

Session III

Securing the desktop through Virtualisation 
Anindya Kumar Banerjee, Regional Manager East, CG & MP at NComputing Inc
3.30 - 4.00
Opening up Data and privacy
Ms. Nisha Thompson, Data Project Manager at Arghyam/India Water Portal
4.00 - 4.10
4.10 - 4.25
Tea Break
4.25 - 5.00
Discussion and Questions

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr. Nityesh Bhatt, Sr. Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Information Management Area at Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
  • Utkarsh Jani, Advocate, Jani Advocates
  • Gopalakrishnan Devanathan (Kris Dev), Co-Founder of the International Transparency and Accountability Network
  • Prof. Subhash Bhatnagar, Advisor- CEG- IIMA
  • Anindya Kumar Banerjee, Regional Manager- East, CG & MP @ NComputing India
  • Nisha Thompson, Consultant, India Water Portal
  • Dr. Mrinalini Shah, Professor, NMIMS University, Mumbai
  • Sunny Vaghela, Founder & CTO, TechDefence Private Limited
  • Prashant Iyengar, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School & Assistant Director, Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies

Please confirm your participation with Natasha Vaz at [email protected]. We sincerely hope you will be able to attend and look forward to your participation.

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  1. E-Governance, Identity and Privacy [PDF, 253 Kb]
  2. Event Poster [PDF, 162 Kb] 
  3. Event Brochure [PDF, 1618 Kb]