Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), India

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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.

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