[bestbits] Fwd: The Centre for Internet & Society - Bulletin - February '16

Carolina Rossini carolina.rossini at gmail.com
Sun Mar 20 08:08:53 EDT 2016

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From: *Prasad Krishna* <prasad at cis-india.org>
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Subject: The Centre for Internet & Society - Bulletin - February '16
To: carolina.rossini at gmail.com

Dear Carolina,

The Centre for Internet & Society is happy to share its February 2016
newsletter. Previous issues of the newsletters can be accessed at


   - The Researchers at Work programme organised the Internet Researchers'
   Conference 2016 (IRC16) <http://cis-india.org/raw/irc16> on February
   26-28. It was hosted by the Centre for Political Studies at the Jawaharlal
   Nehru University, and was generously supported by the CSCS Digital
   Innovation Fund.
   - Subhashish Panigrahi won the Yuva Prerana Samman award
   The award was conferred during the 2nd International Conclave of Odia
   Language (organized by Intellects, a Delhi-based progressive forum of
   intellectuals) at the India International Centre in New Delhi on February
   20, 2016. Odisha News
   covered the event.
   - Subhashish Panigrahi wrote an article for the Hoot
   on whether Wikipedia could revive dying Indian languages. Panigrahi stated
   that by encouraging content and involvement languages could be kept
   relevant. The article was republished by Pratham Books.
   - Kannada Wikipedia just celebrated its 13th anniversary. As part of the
   WikipediansSpeak <https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/wikipediansspeak/>
   series Subhashish Panigrahi caught up with Vasanth
   to learn about his contributions to the Kannada Wikipedia. In the
   Vasanth shared his long time involvement in the Wikimedia movement, and
   spoke about what drove him every day to edit Wikipedia and helping other
   fellow Wikimedians.
   - Sunil Abraham's article on Facebook's Free Basics
   was published by First Post. He stated that there is more to come from TRAI
   in terms of net neutrality regulations especially for throttling and
   - Nehaa Chaudhari wrote an article
   for the Socio Legal Review (National Law School of India University). The
   article seeks to examine legal and policy lever and the role of regulator
   in the development of an enabling environment for access to sub-hundred
   dollar mobile devices.
   - In a recently published paper
   Jahnavi Phalkey and Sumandro Chattapadhyay explore public initiatives in
   technological solutions for educating the poor and the disadvantaged in
   independent India.
   - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
   (UNESCO) had published a book in 2014 that examines free speech, expression
   and media development. The chapter contains a Foreword by Irina Bokova,
   Director General, UNESCO. Pranesh Prakash contributed to
   the Independence: Introduction - Global Media Chapter
   The book was edited by Courtney C. Radsch.
   - India should apply electronic toll collection systems to roads, and
   adapt road network concepts in organizing and managing communications
   networks wrote Shyam Ponappa in an Op-Ed published by the Business

*Accessibility & Inclusion <http://cis-india.org/accessibility>*
India has an estimated 70 million persons with disabilities who don't have
access to read printed materials due to some form of physical, sensory,
cognitive or other disability. As part of our endeavour to make available
accessible content for persons with disabilities we are developing a
text-to-speech software in 15 languages with support from the Hans
Foundation. The progress made so far in the project can be accessed here

►NVDA and eSpeak


   - February 2016
   (Suman Dogra; February 28, 2016).

*----------------------------------- Access to Knowledge
<http://cis-india.org/a2k> ----------------------------------- *As part of
the Access to Knowledge programme we are doing two projects. The first one
(Pervasive Technologies) under a grant from the International Development
Research Centre (IDRC) is for research on the complex interplay between
pervasive technologies and intellectual property to support intellectual
property norms that encourage the proliferation and development of such
technologies as a social good. The second one (Wikipedia) under a grant
from the Wikimedia Foundation is for the growth of Indic language
communities and projects by designing community collaborations and
partnerships that recruit and cultivate new editors and explore innovative
approaches to building projects.

►Pervasive Technologies


   - Standard Essential Patents on Low-Cost Mobile Phones in India: A Case
   to Strengthen Competition Regulation?
   (Nehaa Chaudhari; Socio Legal Review, National Law School of India
   University; February 25, 2016).

*Participation in Event*

   - 2016 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property ("WIPIP") Colloquium
   (Organized by School of Law, University of Washington; Washington D.C.;
   February 19 - 20, 2016). Prof. Jorge Contreras presented a paper
   co-authored by Rohini Lakshané on the patent landscape conducted for the
   Pervasive Technologies project.

► Copyright and Patent

   - MHRD IPR Chair Series: Information Received from University of Madras
   (Karan Tripathi; February 19, 2016).
   - MHRD IPR Chair Series: Information Received from Cochin University of
   Science and Technology
   (Karan Tripathi; February 21, 2016).
   - MHRD IPR Chair Series: Information Received from IIT, Bombay
   (Karan Tripathi; February 22, 2016).
   - MHRD IPR Chair Series: Information Received from IIT, Delhi
   (Karan Tripathi; February 22, 2016).
   - The new Guidelines for Computer Related Inventions are a big win for
   FOSS in India!
   (Anubha Sinha; February 23, 2016).

*Event Organized*

   - IP Meetup #01: Prof. Biswajit Dhar on 'Intellectual Property issues:
   The Way Forward post Nairobi WTO Ministerial'
   (CIS, New Delhi; February 7, 2016). Prof. Dhar gave a talk.


As part of the project grant from the Wikimedia Foundation
<http://cis-india.org/a2k/access-to-knowledge-program-plan> we have reached
out to more than 3500 people across India by organizing more than 100
outreach events and catalysed the release of encyclopaedic and other
content under the Creative Commons (CC-BY-3.0) license in four Indian
languages (21 books in Telugu, 13 in Odia, 4 volumes of encyclopaedia in
Konkani and 6 volumes in Kannada, and 1 book on Odia language history in


   - Can Wikipedia revive dying Indian languages?
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; The Hoot
   February 19, 2016 and mirrored by Pratham Books
   February 22, 2016).
   - Community Digest—Estonians working on a new feedback system for
   Wikipedia articles
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; Wikimedia Blog; February 27, 2016).
   - Looking ahead to the future of the Kannada Wikipedia: Vasanth S.N.
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; Wikimedia Blog; February 29, 2016).
   - ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ପାଇଁ ଏକ ଅନୁଶୀଳନ
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; Suryaprava; February 22, 2016).
   - ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ପାଇଁ ଏକ ଅନୁଶୀଳନ
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; Samaja; February 21, 2016).
   - ମାତୃଭାଷା ଦିବସ: ଆଜିର ସମସ୍ୟା ଓ ଆହ୍ୱାନ
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; Sambad; February 21, 2016).


   - Cultural institution AKA GLAM for more OER
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; February 27, 2016). Subhashish's submission under
   the theme of "Innovative approaches to opening up cultural heritage
   collections for education" has been selected for the OER16 conference to be
   held in Edinburg, Scotland from 19 to 20 April 2016.

*Media Coverage*

   - Youth is responsible for protecting Telugu
   (Eenadu; January 14, 2016).
   - Why aren’t Indians using Wikipedia to hold the government to account?
   (Madhav Gadgil; Scroll.in; February 6, 2016).
   - Now trending: Regional Indian language social media networks
   (Kanika Sharma; Hindustan Times; February 14, 2016).
   - International Mother Language Day
   (Eenadu; February 21, 2016).
   - ಪ್ರಶಾಂತವನ <http://cis-india.org/a2k/news/caaccdcb0cb6cbec82ca4cb5ca8>
   (Prashasti Prashantavanam; February 21, 2016).


   - The Intellects, a Delhi-based progressive forum of intellectuals, held
   the 2nd International Conclave of Odia Language at the India International
   Centre in New Delhi on February 20, 2016. Subhashish Panigrahi participated
   in the event and won the Yuva Prerana Samman award
   Odisha News
   covered the event.

*Event Organized*

   - Digitisation sprint at Andhra Loyola College Vijayawada to bring more
   books on Telugu Wikisource
   (Andhra Loyola College, Off Eluru Road, Behind Vinayak Theater, Vijayawada,
   Andhra Pradesh; February 12 to 14, 2016).

*----------------------------------- *
*Openness <http://cis-india.org/openness>
Our work in the Openness programme focuses on open data, especially open
government data, open access, open education resources, open knowledge in
Indic languages, open media, and open technologies and standards - hardware
and software. We approach openness as a cross-cutting principle for
knowledge production and distribution, and not as a thing-in-itself.


   - Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in India: Availability and
   Openness of Data (Part I)
   (Kiran AB, Openness Blog, February 22, 2016)


   - Open Data Hackathons are Great, but Address Privacy and License
   (Nisha Thompson, Cross-posted from DataMeet, February 05, 2016)

*Participation in Event*

   - National Koha Conclave
   <http://cis-india.org/openness/news/national-koha-conclave> (Organized
   by Informatics Publishing; Fortune Park JP Celestial; Bangalore; February
   17, 2016). Sunil Abraham delivered the inaugural address on the occasion.

*----------------------------------- *
*Internet Governance <http://cis-india.org/internet-governance>
As part of its research on privacy and free speech, CIS is engaged with two
different projects. The first one (under a grant from Privacy International
and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is on surveillance and
freedom of expression (SAFEGUARDS). The second one (under a grant from
MacArthur Foundation) is on studying the restrictions placed on freedom of
expression online by the Indian government.
►Big Data

   - Database on Big Data and Smart Cities International Standards
   (Vanya Rakesh; February 11, 2016).
   - Sean McDonald - Ebola: A Big Data Disaster
   <http://cis-india.org/papers/ebola-a-big-data-disaster> (Sumandro
   Chattapadhyay; February 29, 2016).

►Freedom of Expression

   - ‘A Good Day for the Internet Everywhere': India Bans Differential Data
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; Global Voices; February 9, 2016).
   - Net Neutrality Advocates Rejoice As TRAI Bans Differential Pricing
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; Odisha TV; February 9, 2016).
   - Facebook's Fall from Grace: Arab Spring to Indian Winter
   (Sunil Abraham; First Post; February 11, 2016).
   - Internet Freedom
   (Sunil Abraham and Vidushi Marda; Asian Age; February 14, 2016).
   - There is No Such Thing as Free Basics
   (Subhashish Panigrahi; February 14, 2016).
   - World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development
   (Pranesh Prakash; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
   Organisation; February 17, 2016). Pranesh Prakash contributed to
   Independence: Introduction - Global Media Chapter.

Event Organized

   - Public Debate on 'Differential Pricing': Series 1
   (Co-organized by CIS, ICRIER and the Department of Civics and Politics,
   University of Mumbai; CIS, Bangalore; February 1, 2016).
   - Public Debate on 'Differential Pricing': Series 2
   (Co-organized by CIS, ICRIER and the Department of Civics and Politics,
   University of Mumbai; Pherozeshah Mehta Bhavan, Vidyanagari, Kalina,
   Mumbai; February 3, 2016).
   - Public Debate on 'Differential Pricing': Series 3
   (Co-organized by CIS, ICRIER and the Department of Civics and Politics,
   University of Mumbai; India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road near Air Force Bal
   Bharti School, New Delhi; February 5, 2016).

*Participation in Event*

   - UNICEF & Nasscom Foundation Workshop on Child Online Protection
   (Organized by United Nations Children's International Education Fund; Hotel
   Claridges; New Delhi; February 8, 2016). Jyoti Panday attended the event.


   - Comments by the Centre for Internet and Society on the Report of the
   Committee on Medium Term Path on Financial Inclusion
   Kharbanda; February 27, 2016).

Blog Entry

   - A Case for Greater Privacy Paternalism?
   (Amber Sinha; February 14, 2016).

*----------------------------------- **Telecom*

* ----------------------------------- * CIS is involved in promoting access
and accessibility to telecommunications services and resources and has
provided inputs to ongoing policy discussions and consultation papers
published by TRAI. It has prepared reports on unlicensed spectrum and
accessibility of mobile phones for persons with disabilities and also works
with the USOF to include funding projects for persons with disabilities in
its mandate:

   - Bottled-Up National Assets
   (Shyam Ponappa; Business Standard and Organizing India BlogSpot; February
   3, 2016).

*----------------------------------- **Researchers at Work*

* ----------------------------------- * The Researchers at Work (RAW)
programme is an interdisciplinary research initiative driven by
contemporary concerns to understand the reconfigurations of social
practices and structures through the Internet and digital media
technologies, and vice versa. It is interested in producing local and
contextual accounts of interactions, negotiations, and resolutions between
the Internet, and socio-material and geo-political processes:

   - The Aakash Tablet and Technological Imaginaries of Mass Education in
   Contemporary India
   (Jahnavi Phalkey and Sumandro Chattapadhyay; February 14, 2016).


   - RAW Lectures #02: Anil Menon on 'Speculative Fiction and Freedom' -
   Video <http://cis-india.org/raw/raw-lectures-02-anil-menon-video> (CIS,
   Bangalore; January 13, 2016). The video was uploaded on February 9, 2016.

*Events Organized*

   - Internet Researchers' Conference 2016 <http://cis-india.org/raw/irc16>
   (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi; February 26 - 28, 2016).

News & Media Coverage <http://cis-india.org/news>
CIS gave inputs to the following media coverage:

   - India bans Facebook’s ‘free’ Internet for the poor
   (Annie Gowen; Washington Post; February 8, 2016).
   - Zuckerberg's Plan Spurned as India Backs Full Net Neutrality
   (Adi Narayan and Bhuma Srivastava; Bloomberg; February 8, 2016).
   - A Megacorp’s Basic Instinct
   (Arindam Mukherjee; Outlook; February 8, 2016).
   - Facebook’s Free Basics hits snag in India
   (James Crabtree with additional reporting by Tim Bradshaw; Financial Times;
   February 8, 2016).
   - Trai upholds Net Neutrality in setback to Facebook’s Free Basics
   (Moulishree Srivastava and Shauvik Ghosh; Livemint; February 9, 2016).
   - India Sets Strict New Net Neutrality Rules
   Pasricha; Voice of America; February 9, 2016).
   - Net neutrality advocates hail Trai verdict
   (Alnoor Peermohamed; Business Standard; February 9, 2016).
   - Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy
   (Global Voices; February 11, 2016).
   - Linking Facebook use to free top-up data
   (Deccan Chronicle; February 14, 2016).
   - India's ‘Facebook ruling’ is another nail in the coffin of the MNO
   (The Register; February 15, 2016).
   - Violence call key to 'sedition'
   (The Telegraph; February 18, 2016).
   - Why the Internet is Making India Furious
   (Sanjana Sathian; Ozy; February 19, 2016).
   - Why India snubbed Facebook's free Internet offer
   Van Boom; Cnet; February 26, 2016).

*----------------------------------- About CIS <http://cis-india.org/>
----------------------------------- *
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is a non-profit organisation that
undertakes interdisciplinary research on internet and digital technologies
from policy and academic perspectives. The areas of focus include digital
accessibility for persons with diverse abilities, access to knowledge,
intellectual property rights, openness (including open data, free and open
source software, open standards, open access, open educational resources,
and open video), internet governance, telecommunication reform, digital
privacy, and cyber-security. The academic research at CIS seeks to
understand the reconfigurations of social and cultural processes and
structures as mediated through the internet and digital media technologies.
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► Request for Collaboration
We invite researchers, practitioners, artists, and theoreticians, both
organisationally and as individuals, to engage with us on topics related
internet and society, and improve our collective understanding of this
field. To discuss such possibilities, please write to Sunil Abraham,
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*CIS is grateful to its primary donor the Kusuma Trust founded by Anurag
Dikshit and Soma Pujari, philanthropists of Indian origin for its core
funding and support for most of its projects. CIS is also grateful to its
other donors, Wikimedia Foundation, Ford Foundation, Privacy International,
UK, Hans Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and IDRC for funding its various


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