Our work on Covid 19

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At the Internet Democracy Project, we have been incredibly concerned about the long-term impact of various surveillance measures that are being implemented by the state to track the spread of COVID19. Our work finds that communities at the margins face a disproportionate impact of such surveillance, and therefore their narratives need to be heard and amplified during the pandemic to make targeted demands from the state to improve their conditions. It is with this aim we have been reaching out to various stakeholders to find out the gaps in various COVID-19 response mechanism and ways to fill those gaps through our research.

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New research

“I took Allah’s name and stepped out”: Bodies, Data and Embodied Experiences of Surveillance and Control during COVID-19 in India

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Lived experiences of surveillance at the margins during COVID-19 in India! 

Policy

  • Protecting bodies and rights in disease surveillance during COVID-19 in India — A Policy Brief

    Surveillance is increasing control over bodies of individuals, and the framework of data as a resource is facilitating this control, as illustrated here through the case of COVID-19 in India. Data governance frameworks view data as a disembodied resource, erasing its connections with people’s bodies and making surveillance seem innocuous. A feminist bodies-as-data approach enables embodied harms of surveillance to be pinpointed, and recommendations to be made to alleviate them. Drawing upon research of lived experiences of marginalised communities whose voices are often left out in data protection discourse, this policy brief proposes recommendations preserving not just data privacy, but bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of individuals.   More

    This policy brief was first published by the Data Governance Network.

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Our collaboration with Khabar Lahariya: Gound reality

Deep Impact: COVID-19, surveillance technology and marginalised identities

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  • New video: Access to technology – The skewed sex ratio

    This is the third and last video of the three-episode series Deep impact: COVID-19, surveillance technology & marginalised dentities”, developed in collaboration with Khabar Lahariya, the country’s only rural digital news network, which reports on issues that are far from the attention of national and regional media.   More

  • New video: The right to privacy and digital India

    This is the second episode of the three-episode series Deep impact: COVID-19, surveillance technology & marginalised dentities”, developed in collaboration with Khabar Lahariya, the country’s only rural digital news network, which reports on issues that are far from the attention of national and regional media.   More

  • New video: Drone cameras in Lalitpur

    This is the first episode of a three-episode series Deep impact: COVID-19, surveillance technology & marginalised dentities”, developed in collaboration with Khabar Lahariya, the country’s only rural digital news network, which reports on issues that are far from the attention of national and regional media.   More

More on Covid 19

  • Participated in

    Gender, Health, and Surveillance in India: A Panel Discussion

    This online panel discussion is organised by the Centre for Internet and Society. The objective of the panel is to bring civil society organisations working on reproductive rights, queer rights, trans rights, and women’s rights into the discussion on surveillance and health which is primarily dominated by digital rights/tech policy organisations. Radhika Radhakrishnan from the Internet Democracy Project will be moderating the panel.

    20 Nov 2020

  • Participated in

    Access to Information during the COVID Crisis

    The event is organised by UNESCO New Delhi, in collaboration with National Digital Library of India to commemorate the International Day for Universal Access to Information. Radhika Radhakrishnan from the Internet Democracy Project was invited to present on the panel, Gender roles in the Digital Framework.

    28 Sep 2020