Synopsis: Given the seriousness of the matter and the right to privacy of citizens, the judiciary must hold the executive accountable in the matter. Introduction Earlier this year, a global coalition of media organisations revealed that the Pegasus was being used in a number of countries to surveil journalists, activists, dissidents, and political leaders. Pegasus… Continue reading The” yes or a no” the court must ask about Pegasus
Synopsis: India’s offensive cyber capability appears to have increased but we should aim to achieve deterrence. Introduction The advent of the Cold War, nuclear weapons and proxy wars of the 20th century put an end to the custom of formal war declarations. In recent times, an incoming missile or fighter aircraft announces war. What is… Continue reading India should invest in ever more sophisticated cyber armaments
What is the News? The Supreme Court has observed orally that it will set up a technical expert committee to inquire into the Pegasus snooping matter and pass an interim order next week. Background A collaborative journalism enterprise reported by The Wire in India has revealed that pegasus spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group… Continue reading Supreme Court move to set up a panel to probe Pegasus is a vital and welcome step
Source: Indian Express Relevance: Understanding increasing state surveillance in India, measures to safeguard privacy. Synopsis: There seems to be a concerted effort to create a surveillance state, monitor free flow of information and use technology to control instead of empowering citizens. Increasing rate of surveillance in India and measures that must be taken to counter… Continue reading Pegasus scandal points to the making of a surveillance state in India
Source: Livemint Syllabus: GS3 – Security Relevance: Implications of the Pegasus issue Synopsis: Pegasus issue has crucial national security and geopolitical dimensions that must enter the national debate. Conflict b/w liberty & national security Information governance (the way in which information is used and managed) in liberal democracies has two key goals: First, to protect… Continue reading What Pegasus says about cyber power and our national security?