Securing e-Governance: Ensuring Data Protection and Privacy

Venue: Ahmedabad

Location: Ahmedabad, India

Event Date/Time: Jun 16, 2012 End Date/Time: Jun 16, 2012
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Privacy India in partnership with the Centre for Internet & Society, International Development Research Centre, and Society in Action Group is organizing a discussion on E-Governance. It is based on the theme, ‘Security and Privacy Issues’, and will be held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on June 16, 2012, from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 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.

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.


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Confirmed Speakers Dr. Nityesh Bhatt, Sr. Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Information Management Area at Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad Dr. Akshai K Agarwal, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Technological University Dr. Mrinalini Shah, Professor, NMIMS University, Mumbai Gopalakrishnan Devanathan (Kris Dev), Co-Founder of the International Transparency and Accountability Network Zainab Bawa, Independent Researcher Prof. Subhash Bhatnagar, Advisor- CEG- IIMA Mannan Thakker, Advocate and Cyber Law Professor, Cyberra Legal Services Utkarsh Jani, Advocate, Jani Advocates Anindya Kumar Banerjee, Regional Manager- East, CG & MP @ NComputing India Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya, Director- Global Government Affairs, Hewlett Packard Sunny Vaghela, Founder & CTO, TechDefence Private Limited Please confirm your participation with Natasha Vaz at We sincerely hope you will be able to attend and look forward to your participation.