Banning Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction A parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs has urged the central government to block Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) in India. The recommendations come months after the central government liberalized the Other Service Providers (OSPs) sector by recommending the official use of VPNs, to facilitate the remote working ability for India’s massive… Continue reading Banning Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) – Explained, pointwise

Protect Digital India: About the challenges associated with banning VPNs

Synopsis: Understand the issues associated with banning VPNs. Introduction The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs discovered that VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) might conceivably allow anonymous activity online. So, the committee recommended that the Ministry of Home Affairs collaborate with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to develop a coordination mechanism to block VPNs.… Continue reading Protect Digital India: About the challenges associated with banning VPNs

Delhi government shouldn’t congratulate itself on CCTV coverage

Synopsis: Rather than deterring crime, the surveillance projects compromise women’s safety and the liberties of all citizens. Introduction Recently the Delhi government has reported that Delhi beat cities like Shanghai, New York and London with the most CCTV cameras per square mile across the world. The government has also mentioned that Delhi has 1,826 CCTVs… Continue reading Delhi government shouldn’t congratulate itself on CCTV coverage

Covering the gaps in the game of data

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand the role of data in evidence-based policymaking. Synopsis: The “statistical vaccum” in India can be bridged with decentralization and if states build their own quality databases Introduction The e-Governance and penetration of the internet have made data the new talking point in Governance. The role of data and politics has… Continue reading Covering the gaps in the game of data

The significance of the ” there is no data” answer

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand the government’s reluctance to release data Synopsis: Governments have the tendency to escape public scrutiny. In recent days, this has resulted in the government resorting to not releasing data on sensitive issues. Introduction It has often been found that governments have not provided data for issues that may show the… Continue reading The significance of the ” there is no data” answer

Privacy checks can be built into software architecture

Source: Livemint Relevance: Protecting Right to Privacy and enabling digitization Synopsis: India’s Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA) is becoming an important tool to strengthen the privacy framework in India. It not only gives us better control over our data transfers, but also covers nearly all the modern principles that are central to privacy. Principles… Continue reading Privacy checks can be built into software architecture