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Rohith Jyothish

I am a PhD candidate at the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi researching IT workers in Thiruvananthapuram, a tier-II city in India. I engage with communities and movements that work on open data, data protection and the rights to information & privacy. I am also a keen follower of science fiction & fantasy, football, and music.

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Latest posts by Rohith Jyothish

7 October 2018

Despite proven flaws, India's biometric ID scheme was upheld by the Supreme Court. Now what?

Advox

Legal scholars and social scientists are likely to pore over this significant judgment for its far-reaching impact on civil liberties and socio-economic issues.

28 September 2018

Indian football is fighting a losing battle to keep its fans

A decent outing for the national team at next year's AFC Asian Cup might help lift some of the gloom surrounding the sport.

13 July 2018

In India, regulators are deciding the fate of sensitive data behind closed doors

Advox

In 2017, the Supreme Court of India ruled that privacy of Indian citizens is a fundamental right -- how will that affect the country's national ID system?

6 April 2018

India's Data Security Dilemma Continues With Cambridge Analytica

Advox

The fallout from revelations of data exploitation by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has taken hold in India, where political leaders are accusing one another of using similar means to manipulate...

11 January 2018

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Advox

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

9 November 2017

One Nation, One Tax: The Impact of India's Goods and Services Tax

The Indian government deems the newly implemented Goods and Services Tax a success, but many small businesses have been adversely affected and protests are mounting.

31 August 2017

India’s Supreme Court Says Privacy Is a Fundamental Right. How Did This Happen?

Advox

A series of citizen petitions attempting to challenge the implementation of India's Aadhaar biometric ID system preceded the historic court decision.

31 May 2017

Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System

Advox

Critics of the Aadhaar biometric ID system are being criticized by state agencies and trolled by anonymous handles on Twitter.

5 May 2017

Is India's Aadhaar System an Instrument For Surveillance?

Advox

"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."

2 May 2017

The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Advox

Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers. On May 1, the Centre for Internet and...

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