The writer is professor, department of computer science and engineering, IIT Delhi
Subhashis Banerjee writes: Sophisticated surveillance attempts like Pegasus, which bypass data protection architecture and regulatory oversight, must be met with public outrage, which can only emerge from commitment to constitutional morality.
Technologists and technocrats should be careful to not define ‘public good’ as what they can conveniently deliver, and instead understand what is actually required.
Though ambitious, it doesn’t address problems of inequality, risks over-centralisation?
JNU has promoted inter-disciplinary research and a vibrant culture of free enquiry, where learning outside the classroom has been as important as inside, and where it has been possible to challenge every doctrine and discuss it democratically.
Its technical design requires serious reconsideration, following amendments to the law.
On EVMs, we may be asking the wrong questions.
Draft data protection bill has lost sight of the intricacies of digital identity.
Data protection requires a strong regulatory framework with a hierarchy of regulators to protect basic rights
Exclusion and denial of benefits to the poor needs urgent attention
Traditional understanding of privacy may not suffice in an age of digital identities. Supporters and opponents of UIDAI are missing the point
The interest in UBI seems to be building up significantly from several quarters and it is quite possible that the government is contemplating some steps in this direction in the upcoming budget.