Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Securing e-Governance - Ensuring Data Protection and Privacy

I have been invited to present a paper / speak at the following conference. I am going to speak on the use of UID and Biometric Smart Card to secure e-Governance and ensure data protection and privacy when implemented by an independent non-profit public-benefit agency similar to ICANN for internet. Securing E-Governance: Ensuring Data Protection And Privacy Saturday, June 16th, 2012, from 9:30 am - 5:00pm AHMEDABAD Management Association Hall, Atira Campus, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Ahmedabad, INDIA, 380 015 On behalf of Privacy India,in partnership with the Centre for Internet & Society, International Development Research Centre and Society in Action Group, I would like to invite you to ‘Securing e-Governance: ensuring data protection and privacy’. The meeting will focus on discussing the challenges and concerns to privacy in India. Registration is free and open to the public. India has witnessed a rapid proliferation of the use of information and communication technology in the delivery of government services. E-government is seen as an instrument to simultaneously increase the efficiency, transparency and accountability of public administration and improve public service delivery. Consequently, this has transformed the traditional delivery of public sector services, this is known as “e-governance”. These developments have implications and pose challenges for privacy and security. The right to privacy in India has been a neglected area of study and engagement. Although sectoral legislation deals with privacy issues, India does not as yet have a horizontal legislation that deals comprehensively with privacy across all contexts. The absence of a minimum guarantee of privacy is felt most heavily by marginalized communities, including HIV patients, children, women, sexuality minorities, prisoners, etc. - people who most need to know that sensitive information is protected. Please confirm your participation with me at We sincerely hope you will be able to attend and look forward to your participation. The invitation, speaker list and poster for the meeting is enclosed herewith. For more information, visit our website at: Regards, Natasha Vaz The Centre for Internet and Society Phone: (+91)-080-40926283 Telefax: (+91)-080-25350955 Mobile: 968-675-1357 Background on Privacy India's Public Awareness Series Since June 2010, Privacy India in collaboration with Privacy International, based in London, has been engaging in public awareness through workshops and consultations. These provide a platform for policy makers, sectoral experts, NGOs, and the public to discuss and deliberate different questions of privacy, its intersections and its implications with our everyday life. The discussions have ranged from topics of identity and privacy, to minority rights and privacy, and consumer privacy. The workshops have been organized in different cities - Bangalore, Guwahati, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, etc. Kris Dev Those interested in getting a brief copy of my presentation may send an email to

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