We must move India past its existing consultative processes for rule-making, which often prompts stakeholders to take adversarial and extremely one-sided positions.
In ‘The Lovers’, Amitava Kumar seeks to engage us in an intimate relationship with the narrator – but one that we end up questioning.
The court’s judgment implies that the state will have to be cautious of its activities even before it begins implementing them. Projects or initiatives that involve collection of personal data would have to take into account explicit limitations on how such information can be used.
Dystopia is visible everywhere, from the heightened surveillance through CCTVs and Aadhaar, to the constructed fear of citizens seen as ‘foreign’ due to what they eat, watch and wear.
The court cannot simply declare privacy to be a fundamental right. It needs to explore its contours, including implications for the right to free speech.
Australia has made it clear it wants tech companies to cooperate much more and will push for more powers at the meeting of ministers from the “Five Eyes” intelligence network.
In the ten years since Google Street View launched, the platform has provided ample fodder for artists, who have used it to comment on surveillance, poverty and gentrification.
The broad and vague language of the law enables the government to justify any kind of surveillance as ‘intelligence gathering’.
When Aadhaar is woven into the fabric of everyday life, the ‘grid’, the ‘machine’ and the state are always right.
A recent UNESCO report reveals that laws protecting journalists and sources globally are not keeping up with the challenges posed by indiscriminate data collection.
The halt is among the most substantial changes to US surveillance policy in years and comes as digital privacy remains a contentious issue across the globe.
Focusing solely on getting rid of Aadhaar, or destroying it, is a waste of powder. The underlying issues of online privacy and civil liberties will still remain.
A new research project that examines the impact of surveillance on women offers wider answers about the relationship between data, power and autonomy.
From Paytm to UID – from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to leading insurance and telecom companies – India Inc and the government are prone to poor design choices and sloppy programming.
Mamata Banerjee makes an old law even tougher to create an Orwellian world of surveillance of dissenters.
This week’s selection from the world of social science research.
If the Post’s editors believe Edward Snowden should accept criminal responsibility for his actions, shouldn’t they return the Pulitzer won by publicising what he leaked?
How committed to women’s issues are the parties contesting in Delhi University?
The Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act is meant to deal with challenges posed by “terrorism, insurgency, communalism and caste violence”.
The rise of drones gives both hobbyists and corporations access to a relatively inexpensive surveillance technology.
The draft Geospatial Bill, in a single stroke, manages to puncture all kinds of aspirations for privacy, open data sharing, human dignity, constructive speech or expression, and well, just plain reason.
The latest round of investments comes as the CIA has revamped its Silicon Valley outreach, establishing a new wing tasked with developing cutting-edge solutions by directly engaging the private sector.
New Delhi: Internet freedom in India has improved for the second year running, according to the latest global report on the Internet from Freedom House, a US nonprofit organisation that monitors freedom worldwide. The India section of the 2014-15 edition of Freedom on the Net – prepared by […]
SelfCompileApp isn’t artificially intelligent but it is remarkably deadly because it could push already-nervous civil-servants over the edge.
Smart Cities might offer one set of technologically determined solutions to human and social problems but smartification may also come at a great cost to one’s subjectivity as a citizen.
Inspired by the disclosures of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, a campaign for a new global treaty against government mass surveillance was launched today in New York City.
Monitoring of movements, CCTVs, close vigilance by teachers, parental permission–UGCs new guidelines treat college students like children
While these tips were designed for journalists and confidential sources, they’re just as useful for protecting any private communications, such as a conversation between family members, or a confidential business dealing.
Why has the NDA government – so loath to give any credit to the previous UPA governments on social policy – embraced one of UPA-II’s most questionable initiatives as its own, disregarding Supreme Court orders along the way?
If there is one thing we should take away from the 9/11 surveillance era, it is that we cannot afford to put off the balancing of security and privacy in a constitutional context
In its present state, Indian surveillance law is unable to bear the weight of the CMS project, and must be vastly strengthened to protect privacy and accountability before the state is given direct access to communications.