On 12 August 2020, the Internet Democracy Project along with SFLC.in and a coalition of non-profit organisations & civil society groups sent a joint statement urging the Jammu and Kashmir Government to restore high-speed internet access in the region along with the request to ensure stable and secure communication services in the Union Territory.
Shutting down the high-speed Internet has not only created a communication block for the residents of the state but also had a very drastic effect on their lives. Students were deprived of the education due to access issues caused by this blockage. People have lost livelihood opportunities and are also not able to access information necessary to contain the ongoing pandemic let alone being able to be in touch with their loved ones using the Internet.
The full text of the letter can be found on the SFLC.in website as well as below.
The paper proposes to change the approach to data and consent in the data governance regime. The authors Tripti Jain and Anja Kovacs reconceptualise the existing connotations of data by putting the bodies back in the debates around consent and data governance. The paper recommends that the findings from feminist research can help in rethinking consent in data protection both at the individual and structural level.
Listen to our researcher Tripti Jain explain it in details.
Let us know if you have any feedback or comments, or would like to get a copy of the final paper once published.
On 30 April, the Internet Democracy Project along with 44 organisations and over 100 individuals endorsed the statement against the mandatory use of the Aarogya Setu mobile application by employees of various public and private offices all over India. The Internet Freedom Foundation sent this joint representation to various Government officials, including the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah.
The Aarogya Setu app infringes the right to privacy and personal liberty, and is unbecoming of a democratic country. We stand in solidarity with the Internet Freedom Foundation and other rights based groups and Individuals to call it out.
The full text of the letter can be found on the IFF website as well as below.
We are thrilled to share our work as a part of Data Governance Network. The video titled, “Data is an extension of our body,” is one of the first in a series of four videos along with four well-researched papers on Body as Data and Data governance.
Data is considered to be a resource in various data governance regimes in India, that can be exploited by Government and private players alike but, in reality, this data is so much a part of the body that generates it. Our research shows that the data is embodied and any harm manifested from this data is as real and tangible as any other physical harm.
The Internet Democracy Project has provided extensive input in the joint letter written by SFLC to the Central and State Governments to protect individual privacy during COVID-19 Pandemic. The letter highlights excessive and unsupervised collection and usage of personal data of individuals for monitoring and surveillance that can cause irreversible harms to the privacy and bodily integrity of the individuals. The letter was signed by SFLC, the Internet Democracy Project and other non-profit organisations, civil society groups, lawyers, public policy professionals, social activists’ entrepreneurs and concerned citizens to flag the issues of individual privacy in the times of COVID-19 Pandemic.
The full text of the letter can be found on the SFLC website as well as below.