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Disha Verma

Disha Verma

Read our Open Letter to Electoral Candidates & Parliamentary Representatives on the Impact of Deepfakes on Electoral Outcomes

With endorsement from civil society organisations and individuals, we wrote to electoral candidates, political parties, and parliamentarians, urging them to publicly declare that they will not use deepfake technologies to create deceptive or misleading synthetic content for the 2024 Elections.
26 February, 2024
3 min read

Haryana police’s use of drones against protesting farmers is a disproportionate and unconstitutional response

Haryana police is deploying drones to drop tear gas shells and potentially surveil farmers protesting near the Shambhu border as part of their Delhi Chalo march. We write to state authorities contending that such use of technology is disproportionate and unconstitutional, and must cease immediately.
24 February, 2024
5 min read

No place for tech: How digital interventions in NREGA are undermining rural social security

Mandatory digital ‘solutions’ introduced in the NREGA scheme by union and state governments, like Aadhaar-based payments, mobile monitoring apps, facial authentication and surveillance tools, are impinging on workers’ statutory rights and poking holes in the rural social security net.
20 February, 2024
8 min read

Into IT Standing Committee’s review of action taken by MeitY following its recommendations on citizen data security and privacy

This post breaks down the 55th report of the Standing Committee on Communications and IT, in which the Committee assesses the extent to which its recommendations on citizen data security and privacy were accepted and acted upon by the Ministry of Electronics and IT.
16 February, 2024
11 min read

Budget Session 2024: A Digital Rights Review

Both houses of the Parliament were adjourned on February 10 after an 9-day run during which they discussed and passed the Union Interim Budget, passed bills, and answered questions raised by the opposition. In this post, we see how this parliamentary session fared on the digital rights front.
12 February, 2024
12 min read

Budget 2024 and Digital Rights [Part II]: An interim budget with permanent worries

This post analyses the 2024-25 interim budget and draws comparisons with last year’s sectoral budget allocations and revised estimates from a digital rights perspective.
02 February, 2024
13 min read

Budget 2024 and Digital Rights [Part I]: How we utilised the 2023-24 Budget, and how we didn’t

This post analyses the implementation status of the 2023-24 budget announcements across sectors and schemes from a digital rights perspective.
02 February, 2024
6 min read

"Digital Nagriks" for a Free, Equal, and Inclusive Internet: Our demands from the incoming Union Government

We present a seven-point agenda for political parties running in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, demanding the incoming government to make the protection, preservation, and advancement of digital rights a top governance priority.
24 January, 2024
7 min read

Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Budget Session 2024

In our legislative brief on digital rights for the Budget Session 2024, we highlight key areas of concern on digital rights and freedoms, data privacy, data protection, censorship and other concerns that require extensive deliberation in the Houses of Parliament.
24 January, 2024
6 min read

NIC withdraws polling station surveillance tender: A small win for voter rights

Following IFF's letter to the ECI raising concerns over NIC's tender for deploying drones and facial recognition technologies at polling stations in the 2024 elections, ECI directed NIC to withdraw the tender, noting risks to voter privacy.
22 January, 2024
3 min read

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