READ: The Centre for Internet & Society Bulletin, January 2016


CIS in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India compiled the National Compendium of Laws, Policies, Programmes for Persons with Disabilities. Prasanna Kumar Pincha, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities wrote the Foreword for the Compendium.

The Patent Office had put the Guidelines on Computer Related Inventions, 2015 in abeyance last month. This step was taken after several stakeholders including CIS made representations to the Office about serious substantive legal issues in the document. The Controller General of Patents Design Trademarks invited submissions from stakeholders on specific examples on exclusions from patentability under section 3(k) of the Patents Act, 1970, for possible incorporation in the Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions. CIS made its submissions.

Rahmanuddin Shaik conducted an analysis of the growth of Odia Wikipedia and Konkani Wikipedia from a perspective based on Wikimedia statistics for the July to December 2015 period. The findings have been recorded in two separate blog entries.

Nehaa Chaudhari made a presentation during the Global IP Congress held last month on the Curious Case of the CCI: Competition Law and SEP Regulation in India which discussed mobile phone patent litigation in India with competition law issues.

Rohini Lakshané made a presentation on Patent landscaping in the sub-$100 mobile device market in India at the Global IP Congress.

Anubha Sinha made a presentation on IP in Mobile Applications Development in India that discussed IP rights in mobile apps during the Global IP Congress.

The Ministry of Finance held pre-budget consultations with different stakeholder groups in connection with the Union Budget 2016-17. CIS was invited to take part in the consultation for the IT (hardware and software) group organised on January 07, 2016, and submit a suggestion note. The submission was prepared and presented by Sumandro Chattapadhyay with contributions from Rohini Lakshané, Anubha Sinha and other members of CIS.

CIS gave its comments on the failures of Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) draft proposal as well as the processes that it has followed.

Tanvi Mani gave an analysis of Big Data in the Global South. She pointed out that appropriate analysis of the Big Data generated would provide a valuable insight into the key areas and inform policy makers with respect to important decisions.

Eight key privacy events in India in the year 2015: August 11, 2015 order on Aadhaar not being compulsory; No Right to Privacy – Attorney General to SC; Shreya Singhal judgment and Section 69A, IT Act; Circulation and recall of Draft Encryption Policy; Privacy concerns raised about Digital India; Issues with Human DNA Profiling Bill, 2015; Impact of the Schrems ruling on India; and The definition of “unfair trade practices” in the Consumer Protection Bill, 2015 has been summarized in a blog entry by Amber Sinha.

In an article published in the Deccan Herald on January 3, 2016, Sunil Abraham argued that “Internet” is not a human right in most jurisdictions in light of a survey conducted by Facebook which declared that Internet is a human right and Free Basics can help bring Internet to all of India.

The first Internet Researchers’ Conference (IRC16), organised around the theme of ‘studying internet in India,’ will be held on February 26-28, 2016, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. CSCS Digital Innovation Fund (CDIF) is supporting the event.

A consultation on ‘digital futures of Indian languages’ was held at the CIS office in Bangalore on December 12, 2015, to generate ideas and structure the Indian languages focus area of CDIF. The programme was led by Dr. Tejaswini Niranjana and Tanveer Hasan. The participants shared their digital Indian language experience at the meeting.

Read the entire bulletin HERE.

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