Category: Opinion Pieces

Should Aadhaar be mandatory?

This article was originally published in Deccan Herald. This week, a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court will adjudicate on limited questions of stay orders in the Aadhaar case. After numerous attempts by the petitioners in the Aadhaar case, the court has agreed to hear this matter, just shy of the looming deadline of December […]

Breeding misinformation in virtual space

This article was originally published in The Asian Age. A well-informed citizenry and institutions that provide good information are fundamental to a functional democracy. The phenomenon of fake news has received significant scholarly and media attention over the last few years. In March, Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has called […]

India’s data protection regime must be built through an inclusive and truly co-regulatory approach

This article was originally published on The Wire. We must move India past its existing consultative processes for rule-making, which often prompts stakeholders to take adversarial and extremely one-sided positions. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology released a white paper by a “committee of experts” appointed a few months back led […]

New recommendations to regulate online hate speech could pose more problems than solutions

This article was originally published on The Wire. The T.K. Viswanathan committee’s recommendations could prove to be dangerous for free speech if acted upon without resolving its flaws. It was reported last week that an expert committee headed by T.K. Viswanathan, former secretary general of Lok Sabha, recommended that the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the […]

Privacy is not a unidimensional concept

This article was originally published in The Economic Times. Right to privacy is important not only for our negotiations with the information age but also to counter the transgressions of a welfare state. A robust right to privacy is essential for all citizens in India to defend their individual autonomy in the face of invasive […]