Digital Rights

More than 1000 Citizens write to CM Devendra Fadnavis opposing proposed Aadhaar-Voter ID linking

The Times of India reported on July 22 that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had written to India’s Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora regarding linking voter IDs with the Aadhaar number. The report quoted Fadnavis as saying “that this linkage will help prevent bogus and ensure that there is proper identification of voters”. A subsequent …

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Supreme Court of India upholds Right To Privacy as an Intrinsic Part Of Right To Life And Personal Liberty 1

Supreme Court of India upholds Right To Privacy as an Intrinsic Part Of Right To Life And Personal Liberty

In a landmark challenge to Aadhaar on the grounds of privacy being an inalienable fundamental right, a 9 judge bench of the Supreme Court of India upholds Right To Privacy as an Intrinsic Part Of Right To Life And Personal Liberty Supreme Court of India has once again come to rescue the citizens of India …

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What the security flaw in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s app tells us

Bhavyanshu Parasher, a young computer science engineer took a look at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Android application (among popular apps he studied for his own research purposes). The Narendra Modi app had 500,000+ downloads at that time. He found a major security flaw in how the app accesses the “api.narendramodi.in/api” API. At the time of disclosure, API was being served …

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Ankit Fadia - Brand Ambassador for Digital India

A stupidified India in the hall of mirrors

As I write this post, Indian Digital rights activists are watching in horror as “ethical hacker” Ankit Fadia has been declared the brand ambassador of Digital India. As Twitter goes nuts trying to show how big a “blunder” this is, perhaps it is time to realize that it is not a blunder. It is a deliberate …

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Illustration of how a file or document is sent using Public key encryption by Johannes Landin

DEITY National Encryption Policy is as good as forbidding encryption

First of all, what is National Encryption Policy? “Under Section 84A of Information Technology Act, 2000 Rules are to be framed to prescribe modes or methods for encryption”. So DeitY has framed a draft of such rules which will decide the future of how encrypted services are to be used or provided to users in …

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Undemocratic and unconstitutional advisory on section 124 of IPC

Anti-democracy guidelines on Section 124 IPC by Maharashtra government

The Maharashtra government advisory to the police on Section 124 of the Indian Penal Code make a mockery of democracy itself. Here is a translation of the five preconditions it has issued. Verbal or written, words, gestures or images or other content that expresses hate or contempt or dislike, insult or discontent or enmity or treachery …

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India Against Corruption

IAC’s response to TRAI’s Consultation Paper no. 2/2015 “OTT Services”

To: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India “advqos@trai.gov.in” 19-April-2015 Kind Attn: Shri Rahul Khullar / Chairman Sir Sub: Short response of INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION to the Authority’s consultation paper no. 2/2015 Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services dated 27th March, 2015 On behalf of the India Against Corruption jan andolan “IAC”, I respond to the …

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