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All Posts | Jun 24,2019

Round table on Ethics by Design in AI – ‘Save the Date’

'Ethics by Design in AI'

    The next frontier of technology infusion in the daily life of humans is powered by AI. As AI applications enter new domains, they raise complex questions that require a collaborative approach future policy and regulation. Our round table will focus on the ethics in AI with special attention given to 'Ethics by Design'. Starting with a discussion on existing frameworks and best practices, the round table will cover ways for stakeholders to collaborate to facilitate an inclusive discussion.

Brought to you by

SFLC.in, IIM Bangalore and Facebook

Date: 20 July 2019

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Venue: Central Pergola, Bannerghata Campus, IIM Bangalore.

 

Register on the following link

https://sflc.in/registrationroundtable

 

All Posts | Apr 25,2019

Roundtable on ‘Policy Enabling – Information Technology in Healthcare’

We are organising an invite-only round table discussion on 'Policy Enabling - Information Technology in Healthcare' in Bangalore on 27 April 2019 in association with IIM Bangalore and Facebook.

To ask for an invitation, please send an email to: events at sflc.in .

The agenda for the event is mentioned below:

  • 10:00 am to 10:30 am: Registration (Tea and Coffee)
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am: Introduction and Opening Remarks
  • 10:45 am to 11:00 am: Overview and Applicable Laws and Regulations (A presentation by SFLC.in)
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Discussion on Technical Aspects of IT use in Healthcare, including topics such as: Image Processing, Code generation/ Training, Testing and Quality Assurance
  • 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm: Tea Break
  • 12:15 pm to 01:00 pm: Open Discussion
  • 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm: Lunch
  • 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm: Discussion on Policy Aspects of IT in Healthcare, including topics such as: Data Protection, Privacy, Data Localisation, Government Regulation etc.
  • 03:00 pm to 03:15 pm: A Brief Survey of Participants on Certain Regulatory Issues
  • 03:15 pm to 03:30 pm: Tea Break
  • 03:30 pm to 04:15 pm: Open Discussion
  • 04:15 pm to 04:30 pm: Closing Remarks

All Posts | Sep 23,2018

Round Table Discussion on the Personal Data Protection Bill: 27th September (Thursday) at Cochin

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sought comments on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 by the 30th of September 2018. We are holding a Round Table discussion on the draft Bill on 27 September 2018 (Thursday) at the Abad Plaza, MG Road, Cochin from 4.30pm to 8.00pm with GTech (GTech is the collaborative of IT companies in Kerala) as our partner. This is an invite only event with experts from Civil Society, Government, Academia, Industry and Media. The idea is to bring forward the perspectives of all stakeholders in order to build a comprehensive understanding of the issues in the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.

If you are interested in joining the discussion, tell us by filling the form at https://sflc.in/round-table-data-protection and we will get back to you at the earliest.

The Detailed Agenda for the Round Table is as follows:

All Posts | Sep 23,2018

Round Table Discussion on the Personal Data Protection Bill: 26th September (Wednesday) at Mumbai

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sought comments on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 by the 30th of September 2018. We are holding a Round Table discussion on the draft Bill on 26 September 2018 (Wednesday) at the Taj Lands End, Bandra West, Mumbai from10.30am to 5.30pm. This is an invite only event with experts from Civil Society, Government, Academia, Industry and Media. The idea is to bring forward the perspectives of all stakeholders in order to build a comprehensive understanding of the issues in the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.

If you are interested in joining the discussion, tell us by filling the form at https://sflc.in/round-table-data-protection and we will get back to you at the earliest.

The Detailed Agenda for the Round Table is as follows:

All Posts | Sep 23,2018

Round Table Discussion on the Personal Data Protection Bill: 25th September (Tuesday) at Bengaluru

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sought comments on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 by the 30th of September 2018. We are holding a Round Table discussion on the draft Bill on 25 September 2018 (Tuesday) at the Hyatt Centric Hotel, MG Road, Bengaluru from 10.30am to 4.30pm. This is an invite only event with experts from Civil Society, Government, Academia, Industry and Media. The idea is to bring forward the perspectives of all stakeholders in order to build a comprehensive understanding of the issues in the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.

If you are interested in joining the discussion, tell us by filling the form at https://sflc.in/round-table-data-protection and we will get back to you at the earliest.

The Detailed Agenda for the Round Table is as follows:

All Posts | Aug 27,2018

Round Table Discussion on the Personal Data Protection Bill: 4th September (Tuesday) at the IIC, Delhi

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sought comments on the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 by the 10th of September 2018. We are holding a Round Table discussion on the draft Bill on 04 September 2018 (Tuesday) at the India International Centre (Seminar Hall No. 1), New Delhi between 1:45-5:00 pm. This is an invite only event with experts from Civil Society, Academia, Industry and Media. The idea is to bring forward the perspectives of all stakeholders in order to build a comprehensive understanding of the issues in the Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018.

The Detailed Agenda for the Round Table is as follows:

Registration (1:45 - 2:00pm)

Introduction by SFLC.in (2:00 - 2:15pm)

Session I: Data Principals and Data Fiduciaries (2:15 - 3:15pm)

  • User Rights
  • Data Fiduciary Obligations
  • Grounds for Processing

Session II: Data Localisation and Exemptions

  • Data Mirroring and Cross-Border Data Transfer
  • Surveillance
  • Exemptions

Tea Break (4:00 - 4:15pm)

Session III: Administration and Enforcement

  • Data Protection Authority and Appellate Tribunal
  • Compensation, Penalties and Offences

This is a curated discussion with limited seating capacity, if you're interested in joining the discussion, please write to us at mail at sflc.in.

All Posts | Feb 22,2018

[Press Release] Key Stakeholders discuss the future of India’s Data Protection Law

Issue was debated at a round table discussion on businesses using innovation to their advantage at the cost of Right to Privacy

Bangalore, February 15, 2018: In a round table discussion hosted by SFLC.in, IIM Bangalore and Ananta Aspen Centre yesterday, several law and technology experts from industry, civil society, and academia, including representatives from Facebook, Flipkart, DXE, Deloitte, NASSCOM and others discussed how India’s data protection law should shape up.

This closed-door discussion under Chatham House Rule covered the key tenets and frameworks to be included in a future law that tackles data protection while safeguarding the right to privacy of the people of India.

Thoughts and concerns were exchanged on how the masses, who are bound to be compliant with government laws and norms of private companies, are effectively forced to giving up a lot of their personal data. The issue of informed consent was debated with participants divided on the practicality of shifting the onus of a decision to private citizens, who may not always have the time, patience or ability to comprehend the key issues at stake.

Many raised concerns on the fact that while a lot of personal data is being gathered, there is insufficient thought given to accountability either by the government or by private entities, although there was a general consensus on the view that privacy should be in-built in the design
process itself. Most participants agreed that a policy of no harm should be followed rigorously by the private sector.

With so much data being collected in the name of innovation, and data breaches/leaks becoming a frequent occurrence, an important question raised during the discussion was whether our Constitution and public rights are subservient to ‘Innovation’. The discussion brought forth divided views on the issue of data being collected and used in the name of innovation. A participant pointed out that what many of us fail to notice is that most of the innovation that has happened is advertising-led, widely used by businesses while we have seldom heard of
innovation being used with the same force for social impact.

Organizing Partners

SFLC.in:
SFLC.in is a donor-supported legal services organisation that brings together lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and students to protect freedom in the digital world. SFLC.in promotes innovation and open access to knowledge by helping developers make great Free and Open
Source Software, protect privacy and civil liberties for citizens in the digital world by educating and providing free legal advice and help policy makers make informed and just decisions with the use and adoption of technology.

Ananta Aspen Centre:
An independent organization, Ananta Centre is registered under the Indian Trust Act. It focuses on leadership development and encourages frank and open dialogue on the most important issues facing Indian society, to help foster its transformation. The Centre also engages civil society, business, governments and other key stake – holders on issues of importance to India's development, foreign policy, strategic affairs and national security. The Centre serves as a convening body for exchange of ideas, broadening perspectives and enhancing capacity to create sustainable solutions on a wide variety of issues.

Indian Institute of Management,Bangalore:
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore is a leading research-focused business school in India’s high technology capital, Bangalore. The Institute is in close proximity to some of the leading corporate houses in the country, ranging from information technology to consumer
product companies, giving them the added advantage of integrating classroom knowledge with practical experience. IIM-B is committed to make deep social impact using technology-enabled education. Towards this end, they offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through edX, a not-for-profit online initiative of Harvard and MIT that offers online courses from the world’s best universities.

All Posts | Feb 21,2018

[Press release] India needs to challenge narratives that claim data protection will stifle innovation

In a round table discussion hosted by SFLC.in, Mouthshut.com, IIT Bombay and Ananta Aspen Centre yesterday, several law and technology experts from industry, civil society, and academia, discussed how India’s data protection law should shape up. There was a good representation from the industry with representatives of Reliance Jio, DCB
Bank, TCS and Fintech participating in the discussion.

This closed-door discussion under the Chatham House Rule covered the key tenets and frameworks to be included in a future law that tackles data protection while safeguarding the right to privacy of the people of India. Thoughts and concerns were exchanged on how the masses, who are bound to be compliant with government laws and norms of private companies, are effectively forced to give up a lot of their personal data. Many participants highlighted the need for clearer regulatory frameworks overseeing the technology industry. Simplification and standardisation of terms and conditions were flagged as essential steps in engaging a customer to make an informed consent. The issue of informed consent was debated with participants divided on the practicality of shifting the onus of a decision to private citizens and individuals who may not always have the time, patience or ability to comprehend the key issues at stake.

Many raised concerns on the fact India currently has a massive possibility of circumventing legal obligations and accountability principles by both state and non-state actors, . The lack of a clear data protection framework also creates other problems like allowing service providers to get away with inadequate responses to data breaches. Most participants agreed that a policy of no harm should be followed rigorously by the private sector keeping the interest of the individual consumer at the forefront.

It was pointed out that the popular narrative against strict data security is “If you bring regulations about data protection, companies will not be able to innovate.” The discussion brought forth divided views on the issue of data being collected and used in the name of innovation. The consensus among the participants was that we should move away from
advertising-innovation and focus on innovation for personal privacy.

The round-table discussion concluded with discussions on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) followed in the EU and the extent to which its principles may be imported into India. Focusing specifically on extra-territorial applicability clause of the GDPR, most discussants agreed that if a data controller or processor is offering goods and services or monitoring the behaviour of data subjects, they should fall under the purview on Indian jurisdiction, be it an Indian provider or foreign company.

Organizing partners

SFLC.in

SFLC.in is a donor-supported legal services organisation that brings together lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and students to protect freedom in the digital world. SFLC.in promotes innovation and open access to knowledge by helping developers make great Free and Open Source Software, protect privacy and civil liberties for citizens in the digital world by educating and providing free legal advice and help policy makers make informed and just decisions with
the use and adoption of technology.
For more information, please visit http://sflc.in

Ananta Aspen Centre

An independent organization, Ananta Centre is registered under the Indian Trust Act. It focuses on leadership development and encourages frank and open dialogue on the most important issues facing Indian society, to help foster its transformation. The Centre also engages civil society, business, governments and other key stake – holders on issues of importance to India's development, foreign policy, strategic affairs and national security. The Centre serves as a convening body for exchange of ideas, broadening perspectives and enhancing capacity to create sustainable solutions on a wide variety of issues.

MouthShut.com

MouthShut.com is a meeting place for consumers to exchange ideas, opinions and feedback on products they have used or are considering buying. MouthShut.com serves the critical mission of helping consumers make the most informed decision based on feedback of peers and other consumers like them.It gives users the opportunity to exchange ideas, thoughts, and create buzz about brands and products. MouthShut.com facilitates brands and brand managers to gain real-time direct consumer insights, study consumer preferences, and in turn shape their marketing approach. MouthShut.com has earned the reputation of being a vital tool for every marketer’s handbook, influencing most product strategies and communication plans. Started as a simple review interface, MouthShut.com has morphed into a comprehensive platform with more than 3 6 million registered users and millions of reviews on hundreds of thousands of products. It gives users the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, thoughts, and create buzz about brands and products.

IIT Bombay

Established in 1958, the second of its kind, IIT Bombay was the first to be set up with foreign assistance. The funds from UNESCO came as Roubles from the then Soviet Union. In 1961 Parliament decreed the IITs as ‘Institutes of National Importance'. Since then, IITB has grown from strength to strength to emerge as one of the top technical universities in the world. The institute is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. Reputed for the outstanding calibre of students graduating from its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the institute attracts the best students from the country for its bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes. Research and academic programmes at IIT Bombay are driven by an outstanding faculty, many of whom are reputed for their research
contributions internationally.

All Posts | Feb 09,2018

Round Table Discussion | Building an Indian Data Protection Framework: Next Steps

In the light of recent developments in India's privacy and data protection landscape, we are organizing Round Table Discussions on Building an Indian Data Protection Framework: Next Steps at Bangalore(14th Feb) and Mumbai (21st Feb). (more…)