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The article discusses how access to and control of technology is predominantly exclusionary and suggests ways in which this may be remedied.
Today, internet platforms hold power to shape interactions and further fundamental values such as the right to communication, information and access to knowledge. The Internet has also given shelter to marginalised genders, enabling them to steer discussions and find solidarity by benefiting from anonymity. The latest Intermediary Guidelines 2021, through the "verification" clause and "traceability" requirement, lead to a lack of anonymity and a fear of data breaches. The fear of being exposed due to online platforms' usage damages the ability of marginalised genders to be seen, heard, and hinders their ability to participate as social actors. Intermediary Rules have far-reaching consequences on online privacy, freedom of speech and expression, and access to information, whose adverse effects are multiplied manifold when concerning marginalised communities.
In this article Niharika from Rethinking Economics India and Lian from Robos of Tech Law and Policy look at the evolving nature of digital health in India and some of its most urgent concerns. The push for digitization of healthcare services stems from the belief that it would successfully tackle some of the issues currently plaguing the sector in India. This call, however, seems rather rushed given that we currently do not have a data protection law which would ensure that many foundational concerns such as the privacy of health data, etc are covered. It also questions whether this would solve or exacerbate infrastructural concerns.
E-commerce has made most of our lives simple and it has grown massively during the pandemic times. However, some questions on how Gender intersects with e-commerce, access to internet and conducting businesses online are some questions that need to be discussed more. In this article, Trisha from RE and Varini from r-TLP discuss how e-commerce, access to internet and gender intersect and possible policy initiatives that can be taken up by governments.
In this post, the author discusses hate speech on social media and its impacts on various human rights.
Analysing the intersection of human rights and blockchain, the authors argue that widespread adoption of applications on the blockchain must necessarily address the concerns of violation of rights, particularly of vulnerable populations.
The use of surveillance technologies by governments has been at an all time high during the pandemic. Prashanti Ramnanan navigates the manner in which surveillance tech violates human rights and ways to strike a balance between the two.
Social media has cultivated a global space for human rights-based learning, discussion, and sharing of experiences. In the past few months, it has also sparked cross-border activism and reform. Zara Baig explores the emancipatory potential of social media platforms.
A grey market refers to a legal trade of genuine goods sold through unauthorised channels. This article attempts to understand the regulation of grey markets with the growth in the e-commerce sector.
It is a popular belief that artificial intelligence should be employed for decision making roles as they are impartial. On the contrary, artificial intelligence runs on algorithms which suffer from algorithmic bias, just like humans suffer from stereotypes. The translation of gender stereotypes into algorithms reinforces the discrimination manifold. This article deliberates on the amplification of economic exclusion of marginalized genders due to increasing acceptance of artificial intelligence in India.