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Snowden to Cambridge Analytica – making the case for the social value of privacy

An image of Mark Zuckerberg in Shadow Ink app. 2016. Wikicommons/ Annika Laas. Some rights reserved.After days of prodding by the media, Mark Zuckerberg has offered a mea culpa, apologizing for the “breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it”. The news that Facebook shared user data with a number of organizations including Cambridge Analytica seems to reflect the paradox of surveillance society – that our personal data …

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Net neutrality at a crossroads: why India’s policy process has important lessons for the US

Digital equality demands that access to the internet is seen as indivisible from a democratic internet. Net neutrality is not just about an open architecture, but about genuine egalitarianism – meaning internet access. Net neutrality: To regulate or not to regulate?. Flickr/ITU Pictures. CC-BY-2.0.The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has proposed the key principles on non-discriminatory treatment as applicable to Internet Access Services. TRAI’s reiteration of net neutrality assumes special significance for the global discourse on the issue, given the US-FCC’s decision to repeal …

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Concretising the right to privacy in digital times: a reading of India’s Supreme Court judgement

In order to protect the right to privacy, we must have legislation for the material design of our digital services. Someone using the Indian Aadhaar biometric data system. Credits: BMN Network/Flickr. Some rights reserved.The nine-judge bench of India’s Supreme Court has just ruled that “privacy is intrinsic to freedom of life and personal liberty” guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution of India and qualifies as “a primal natural right”. The Court has underscored that its task was to “impart …

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Internet governance as seen from the Right to Development

Indian students gather for a protest against Facebook’s “Free Basics” in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, December, 2015. Mahesh Kumar A/Press Association. All rights reserved.The mother of all controversies about the Internet is about its global governance; neatly polarized between those who believe that it is time to herald a new international institutional response adequate to our collective predicament as ‘things of the Internet’, and status quoists who believe that the Internet-mediated world order is serving us well, and any change will …

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Anita Gurumurthy

Anita Gurumurthy works for IT for Change, an NGO that works at the intersection of digital technologies and social change, and is engaged in research and policy advocacy on network society, with a focus on governance, democracy and gender justice. Her work reflects a keen interest in southern frameworks and the political economy of internet governance and data regimes.

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