[P2P-F] Fwd: The Centre for Internet & Society - Bulletin - June 2017

Michel Bauwens michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 25 07:13:20 CEST 2017

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From: Centre for Internet & Society <prasad at cis-india.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Subject: The Centre for Internet & Society - Bulletin - June 2017
To: michelsub2004 at gmail.com

Dear Michel Bauwens,
Welcome to the Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) newsletter for June
2017. Previous issues of the newsletters can be accessed here

   - CIS made a submission on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that has
   come into force this year. In the submission assessed the impact of GST
   on persons with disabilities.
   - Indian Patent Office updated the Guidelines for Examination of
   Computer Related Inventions. Anubha Sinha throws light on the updated
   in a blog post. She has clarified that the updated Guidelines take no
   concrete position to help clarify the ambiguity around patentability of
   software inventions in India.
   - A strategic symposium
   on Marathi Wikipedia and its sister projects was conducted in April 2017.
   Subodh Kulkarni has shared the developments in a report.
   - Compiled a compendium on cyber security
   from the Indian context. The document is a comprehensive source compiling
   all the cyber-security related regulations, policies, guidelines,
   notifications, executive orders, court rulings, etc.
   - CIS commented on the renewal of the .NET Registry Agreement
   CIS expressed its strong opposition to the proposed renewal. The comments
   were prepared by Vidushi Marda with inputs from Sunil Abraham and Pranesh
   - Harsh Gupta discussed "FAT ML (Fairness, Accountability, and
   Transparency in Machine Learning) for Lawyers and Lawmakers"
   at the CIS office in Delhi on June 29, 2017.
   - Shyam Ponappa in an article in the Business Standard
   opined that broadband in India needs reforms for local manufacturing and
   for infrastructure expansion and utilisation

*CIS in the news:*

   - Aadhaar: Ushering in a Commercialized Era of Surveillance in India
   (Jyoti Panday; Electronics Frontier Foundation; June 1, 2017).
   - Privacy is culture specific, MNCs hit by Aadhaar, says TRAI chief
   (Pranav Mukul; Indian Express; June 1, 2017).
   - Centre brings in new safeguards following cases of Aadhaar data leaks
   on government websites
   (Nidhi Sharma; Economic Times; June 2, 2017).
   - New rules for govt agencies to ensure security of personal data
   (Komal Gupta; Livemint; June 2, 2017).
   - Explore money apps but watch your data
   (Shaikh Zoaib Saleem; Livemint; June 8, 2017).
   - New law to unlock data economy
   (Yuthika Bhargava; Hindu; June 9, 2017).
   - Placements at NUJS: Class of 2017 Scores 100%
   (Simran Sahni; Livelaw; June 10, 2017).
   - Why did Nandan Nilekani praise a Twitter troll?
   (Kiran Jonnalgadda; Indian Express; June 10, 2017).
   - Are biometrics hack-proof?
   (Shaikh Zoaib Saleem; Livemint; June 11, 2017).
   - GoldenEye ransomware attack hit operations at Pipavav Port, JNPT
   (Jyotika Sood and Utpal Bhaskar; Livemint; June 28, 2017).

*CIS members wrote the following articles*

   - Digital Native: In digiville attention is Currency
   (Nishant Shah; Indian Express; June 11, 2017).
   - Digital Native: On mute, the Voice of the People
   (Nishant Shah; Indian Express; June 24, 2017).

Accessibility & Inclusion <http://cis-india.org/accessibility>
India has an estimated 70 million persons with disabilities who don't have
access to read printed materials due to some form of physical, sensory,
cognitive or other disability. As part of our endeavour to make available
accessible content for persons with disabilities, we are developing a
text-to-speech software in 15 languages with support from the Hans
Foundation. The progress made so far in the project can be accessed here


   - GST - A Barrier to Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities
   (Nirmita Narasimhan; June 24, 2017).

*Participation in Events*

   - WSIS Forum 2017
   <https://cis-india.org/accessibility/news/wsis-forum-2017> (Co-organized
   by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, in close collaboration with all UN
   agencies; Geneva; June 12 - 16, 2017). Nirmita Narasimhan was a speaker.
   - Digital Accessibility
   (Organized by National Informatics Centre; Bengaluru; June 17, 2017).
   Rakesh Paladugula, a web accessibility trainer and Nirmita Narasimhan made
   a presentation to scientists about digital accessibility.

Access to Knowledge <http://cis-india.org/a2k>
* ----------------------------------- *
Our Access to Knowledge programme currently consists of two projects. The
Pervasive Technologies project, conducted under a grant from the
International Development Research Centre (IDRC), aims to conduct research
on the complex interplay between low-cost pervasive technologies and
intellectual property, in order to encourage the proliferation and
development of such technologies as a social good. The Wikipedia project,
which is under a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, is for the growth of
Indic language communities and projects by designing community
collaborations and partnerships that recruit and cultivate new editors and
explore innovative approaches to building projects.


*Participation in Event*

   - Fixing Copyright for Education
   (SCCR34 Side Event) (Communia, EIFL, Creative Commons, and PIJIP; June 7,
   2017). Anubha Sinha was a speaker.

►Pervasive Technologies

*Participation in Event*

   - Preliminary Findings: Working Requirements for Complex Products under
   the Indian Patent System
   (Organized by O.P. Jindal University; New Delhi; June 10 - 11, 2017). Prof.
   Jorge Contreras gave a talk on a forthcoming paper.


As part of the project grant from the Wikimedia Foundation
<http://cis-india.org/a2k/access-to-knowledge-program-plan> we have reached
out to more than 3500 people across India by organizing more than 100
outreach events and catalysed the release of encyclopaedic and other
content under the Creative Commons (CC-BY-3.0) license in four Indian
languages (21 books in Telugu, 13 in Odia, 4 volumes of encyclopaedia in
Konkani and 6 volumes in Kannada, and 1 book on Odia language history in

*Blog Entries*

   - Train The Trainer 2017
   <https://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/train-the-trainer-2017> (Manasa Rao;
   June 5, 2017).
   - Thematic Edit-a-thon at J.P.Naik Centre for Education & Development,
   (Subodh Kulkarni; June 7, 2017).
   - Wiki Loves Mayabazaar
   <https://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/wiki-loves-mayabazaar> (Pavan Santhosh;
   June 7, 2017).
   - Marathi Wikipedia Symposium at Gokhale Institute Of Politics &
   (Subodh Kulkarni; June 7, 2017).
   - Digitisation, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource Orientation Workshop at
   Vigyan Ashram, Pabal, Pune District
   (Subodh Kulkarni; June 7, 2017).

*Note: The workshops for the above blog posts were held earlier but the
reports were published during the month of June*.
*----------------------------------- *

Internet Governance <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance>
* -----------------------------------*

As part of its research on privacy and free speech, CIS is engaged with two
different projects. The first one (under a grant from Privacy International
and IDRC) is on surveillance and freedom of expression (SAFEGUARDS). The
second one (under a grant from MacArthur Foundation) is on restrictions
that the Indian government has placed on freedom of expression online.


*Blog Entry *

   - Cybersecurity Compilation: Indian Context
   (Leilah Elmokadem and edited by Elonnai Hickok; June 18, 2017).

*Participation in Events*

   - 2nd India Think Tank Forum
   (Organized by Observer Research Foundation; New Delhi; June 19 - 21, 2017).
   Udbhav Tiwari participated in the forum.
   - Second India China Think-Tank Forum (Organized by Institute of Chinese
   Studies, the Indian Council of World Affairs, and the Chinese Academy of
   Social Sciences; Beijing; June 22 - 27, 2017). Saikat Dutta represented an
   Indian think tank.

►Free Speech and Expression


   - Comments from the Centre for Internet and Society on Renewal of .NET
   Registry Agreement
   (Vidushi Marda, Sunil Abraham and Pranesh Prakash; June 6, 2017).

*Participation in Events*

   - ISEA 2017
   (Organized by the University of Caldas, Manizales; Columbia; June 11 - 16,
   2017). Sharat Chandra Ram was a panelist.
   - Freedom of Expression on the Internet : Possibilities and Challenges
   (Organized by Bolivar Technological University; Cartagena; June 29, 2017).
   Sharat Chandra Ram was a speaker.


*Participation in Events*

   - BIS LITD 17 Privacy Panel meeting
   (Organized by National School of India University; Bangalore; June 21,
   2017). Udbhav Tiwari attended the meeting.
   - DSCI Best Practices Meet
   (Organized by Data Security Council of India; Bangalore; June 22 - 23,
   2017). Udbhav Tiwari attended the meeting.

Telecom <http://cis-india.org/telecom>
CIS is involved in promoting access and accessibility to telecommunications
services and resources, and has provided inputs to ongoing policy
discussions and consultation papers published by TRAI. It has prepared
reports on unlicensed spectrum and accessibility of mobile phones for
persons with disabilities and also works with the USOF to include funding
projects for persons with disabilities in its mandate:

*Newspaper Column*

   - Broadband Reforms for Local Manufacturing
   (Shyam Ponappa; Business Standard; May 31, 2017 and Organizing India
   Blogspot; June 5, 2017).

Researchers at Work <http://cis-india.org/raw>
* ----------------------------------- *
The Researchers at Work (RAW) programme is an interdisciplinary research
initiative driven by an emerging need to understand the reconfigurations of
social practices and structures through the Internet and digital media
technologies, and vice versa. It aims to produce local and contextual
accounts of interactions, negotiations, and resolutions between the
Internet, and socio-material and geo-political processes:

*Event Organized *

   - CISxScholars Delhi - Harsh Gupta - FAT ML for Lawyers and Lawmakers
   (CIS; New Delhi; June 29, 2017). Harsh Gupta gave a talk.

*----------------------------------- *

About CIS <http://cis-india.org/>
* ----------------------------------- *
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is a non-profit organisation that
undertakes interdisciplinary research on internet and digital technologies
from policy and academic perspectives. The areas of focus include digital
accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge,
intellectual property rights, openness (including open data, free and open
source software, open standards, open access, open educational resources,
and open video), internet governance, telecommunication reform, digital
privacy, and cyber-security. The academic research at CIS seeks to
understand the reconfigurations of social and cultural processes and
structures as mediated through the internet and digital media technologies.

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   - E-Mail - Access to Knowledge: a2k at cis-india.org
   - E-Mail - Researchers at Work: raw at cis-india.org
   - List - Researchers at Work: https://lists.ghserv.net/

► Support Us
Please help us defend consumer and citizen rights on the Internet! Write a
cheque in favour of 'The Centre for Internet and Society' and mail it to us
at No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bengaluru - 5600 71.

► Request for Collaboration

We invite researchers, practitioners, artists, and theoreticians, both
organisationally and as individuals, to engage with us on topics related
internet and society, and improve our collective understanding of this
field. To discuss such possibilities, please write to Sunil Abraham,
Executive Director, at sunil at cis-india.org (for policy research), or
Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Research Director, at sumandro at cis-india.org (for
academic research), with an indication of the form and the content of the
collaboration you might be interested in. To discuss collaborations on
Indic language Wikipedia projects, write to Tanveer Hasan, Programme
Officer, at tanveer at cis-india.org.
*CIS is grateful to its primary donor the Kusuma Trust founded by Anurag
Dikshit and Soma Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin for its core
funding and support for most of its projects. CIS is also grateful to its
other donors, Wikimedia Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy International,
UK, Hans Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and IDRC for funding its various

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