The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) is a Bangalore-based non-profit research organization that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy, accessibility, access to knowledge, and intellectual property reform. CIS is conducting two projects: a video documentary series led by Laird Brown a strategic planner and writer on cyber security in the Indian context and A Gandhian Critique of the UID project. The UID (Unique Identification) is a centralized biometrics identity and authentication management system that promises to give identity to all residents. The CIS project proposes a dramatic shift of the discussion around UID and the National Population Register (NPR) – an alternative to the UID project without the centralized authentication component – by subjecting the project to new ethical and political tests.
Areas of expertise
Internet Governance | Surveillance | Data Privacy and Retention
Areas of work
Research | Advocacy | Training
- Cybersecurity Series
A series of video interviews conducted by the CIS with various cybersecurity stakeholders. The series seeks to address hotly debated aspects of cybersecurity and hopes to encourage wider public discourse around the topic.
- Understanding Cybermedia: Snooping Into Virtual Realities
Presentation by Abraham Sunil (Executive Director, CIS) on privacy and Unique Identification at a discussion on the implications of increasing censorship, surveillance and privacy violations in India.
CIS in the news
- CIS’ Sunil Abraham interviewed in article on Gmail use ban for Indian government workers, Arabian Business, 1 September 2013
- Sunil Abraham quoted in an article about the digitization of India’s Right to Information mechanism, Arabian Business, Tech Crunch, 22 August 2013