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Metacept Lecture Series [Part 1]

Metacept | InfoTech and IPR is excited to commence with its Lecture Series. The lectures will be broadly based on niche topics that are often not taught in law schools. The lectures in the Metacept Lecture Series will be taken by professionals. 

The first lecture is on the topic: Emerging Socio-Technical Systems and its Implications on Data Protection and Privacy, which will take place over two days.

Day 1 (September 18, 2020) : Surveillance and the Indian Law: Intersection of Security vs. Privacy 

Day 2 (September 19, 2020) : Understanding of Socio-Technical Systems- CCTV, Facial Recognition Systems and Aadhaar.

The timing for the live lectures will be 15:00 to 17:00 IST. (via Web Conferencing Application)

How does it Work?

Participants will be sent a reading material;

Live interactive lectures of two hours each will be taken by the resource persons; and

Participants will have to complete an assessment to receive Certification. (At least 40% of the total marks).

Resource Persons:

Harsh Bajpai: Ph.D. Candidate, Durham Law School, LL.M in Public International and Comparative Law, George Washington University, USA, Former Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellow and Former Policy Officer at Centre for Internet and Society.

Nikhil Naren: Lawyer, Scriboard [Advocates and Legal Consultants], New Delhi, Publishing Editor, Metacept and Co-Author of the book- Internet Law: Regulating Cyberspace and Emerging Technologies (Published by Bloomsbury Professional India).

Details about the modules:

Day 1 –  Surveillance and the Indian Law:

In this course, students will learn about different approaches towards surveillance including mass surveillance and targeted surveillance. We will examine how mass surveillance threatens the right to freedom of expression and why there is a need for a comprehensive surveillance law in the country. We will also examine the current laws enabling surveillance regimes. Examples of China, Russia, and India (three of the biggest surveillance states) will be demonstrated by showing different practices they have opted over the years. After discussing surveillance we will examine the widely debated topic of security vs. privacy and the need for an interoperable law between data protection and surveillance. We will try to strike a reasonable balance between privacy and security with necessary checks and balances. 

Day 2 – Understanding of Socio-technical Systems:

As we will learn about surveillance on the previous day, we will discuss different technologies used for its execution. CCTV monitoring is a by-product of many social, environmental, political, and corporate issues embodied in everyday activities. By placing CCTV monitoring tools in the society, they become part of the daily monotonous practice and, therefore, structured and internalized by citizens, as part of the pedagogical apparatus. Those that are supervised in society are ‘semi-captive,’ and since the same person lives in the same space every day, it means surveillance is seen as usual, as repetitive as the colour of the walls around the house. After examining the space in which CCTV monitoring tools are deployed we will talk about the potential data protection precautions to be taken by the deployer (like, data collection, data processing, data storage, and data retention). 

We look forward to your participation.

Registration Process:

The cost of registration is Rupees Five Hundred Only (Rs. 500/-);

The seats are capped at fifty (50) Participants;

The seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis; and 

Payments need to be made via  UPI ID: [email protected]

Register through the google form here.

For queries kindly drop an email to: [email protected]

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