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Practicing Digital Safety in India – Kaarana – Medium

Kaarana community has put together a primer on digital safety in India to understand and minimise threats to your digital life by securing your key digital tools. Are you an activist defending human, social or cultural rights? Do you rely on digital tools and platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp for collaborating or organising […]

Sahamati — Self Regulatory Organisation for financial data sharing ecosystem.

Sahamati —an aspiring self regulatory body that oversees account aggregator ecosystem around the proposed financial sector data sharing framework and what it means to regulation around personal financial data Financial Data Sharing defined as “Consent” On July 25, Nandan Nilekani launched Sahamati(सहमति,consent) , a private not for profit company, that aims to be self regulatory […]

Death of an Aadhaar-holder – Kaarana – Medium

Ever wondered what happens to someone’s Aadhaar once they pass away? Well, nothing happens. This is because UIDAI has not built any process or technology to handle an Aadhaar holder’s death. There are multiple issues that arise from this inability of UIDAI to handle death. FAQ from UIDAI website Now, have you wondered what happens […]

Feedback on IBBI — Information Utility IU regulations

Following is feedback sent to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), the insolvency, bankruptcy regulator of India. IBBI uses Aadhaar numbers as part of composite keys and technical standards published by IBBI violates the Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar limiting the use of Aadhaar to functions of state subsidy, its deviation from data protection […]

Electoral Bonds & Privacy – Kaarana – Medium

The arguments supportive of electoral bonds emphasis that privacy of donors exist and is a form of free speech. Let us examine the data flows to verify if privacy / anonymity really exists in electoral bonds. At the centre of India’s controversial campaign financing system is the concept of privacy. Top ministers of the Indian […]

Can EVM vulnerabilities be used to game the Indian election?

The electoral process is undoubtedly one of the most important exercises of a democratic nation, and the rite of casting a vote is one of the most significant parts of this process. Around the world, stakeholders have repeatedly put into question the integrity and reliability of electronic voting solutions. In India, too, use and adoption […]

Is Aadhaar the only reason for cancellation of eSign Mandates?

The Supreme Court ruling scrapping Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act has had downstream impacts on Aadhaar-based technology solutions. Recently, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in a circular to its National Automated Clearing House (NACH) member banks announced discontinuation of Aadhaar eSign-based Mandates, citing the Supreme Court judgement. Digital lenders are upset as […]

What UIDAI doesn’t tell you about offline use of Aadhaar for KYC

After the Supreme Court of India struck down the use of Aadhaar by private entities in its recent judgement, UIDAI and lobbying houses have been promoting the offline use of Aadhaar. This article tries to help you understand offline Aadhaar from the perspectives of an Aadhaar holder and a private business using Aadhaar for customer […]

Hacks of democracy and ECMP patch removing security checks.

How checks and balances that exist in a democracy are hacked in policymaking. Aadhaar ECMP Hack and skirting security checks HuffPost India exposed in detail how a patch to ECMP client, the software used to enrol people into Aadhaar can disable security checks that were intended to prevent fraudulent enrollments. UIDAI's Aadhaar Software Hacked, ID […]

India Stack must be free, open. – Kaarana – Medium

Originally posted on by Srikanth @logic on 18 Nov 2016 IndiaStack develops what it calls the foundation / building blocks of a Digital India. The blocks present in India Stack layer, including Aadhaar and software products on top of it (E-Sign, E-KYC, Digital Locker), UPI fundamentally changes the way citizens interact / transact with government […]

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