Privacy — is it a personal or a policy issue? The dictionary defines privacy as a state in which one is free of attention and today, that state is harder and harder to achieve. Our privacy is often being invaded without us even realising it and many shrug at this fate. “What do I have to hide?” is the standard response to privacy being lost but the real question is “Why is your privacy so precious to others?” With the data collected by the Unique Identity project, aka Aadhaar, surfacing in unexpected, unauthorised places, you must know what your rights are and how the government helps you uphold them (or not). In this episode of Let’s Talk About, Meghnad S, a Public Policy nerd and compulsive Lok Sabha TV watcher, speaks to lawyers, journalists, researchers, and businessmen to figure out what privacy is in the digital age and whether Aadhaar really is the way forward.
Amit Shukla is the co-founder of Easygov.in, a platform which helped make government services more accessible. He’s a consultant-turned-entrepreneur and has worked as an advisor to state and central governments in over 15 projects concerning national security and human services. He has previously worked with Wipro Consulting, KPMG Advisory and Accenture Strategy.
Anumeha Yadav is a journalist with Scroll.in. She has previously worked for Tehelka, The Hindu and Indian Express. Anumeha has reported extensively from Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Gujarat. Her stories have focused on subsidy delivery schemes in rural India, tribal rights, Aadhaar and the influence of technology on democracy.
Apar Gupta is a practicing lawyer based in Delhi; a commentator and a columnist. He has carved out a niche in media law and freedom as well as the regulations that govern technology platforms, like the internet and mobile telephony. Apar is also the co-founder of Internet Freedom Foundation, a non-profit that fights for the rights of Indians online.
Kim Arora is a Delhi-based journalist who currently works at The Times of India. She reports on digital cultures, social media and tech policy. She is an Asian College of Journalism and Lady Sriram College alumnus.
Mishi Choudhary is the legal director of Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC), an organisation that provides pro-bono legal services to developers of Free, Libre, and Open Source Software. Prior to joining forces with SFLC in 2006, she’d practiced as a High Court and Supreme Court litigator in New Delhi. Mishi consults with and advises established businesses and startups using free software in their products and service offerings in the United States of America, Europe, India, China and Korea.
Nikhil Pahwa is an entrepreneur, journalist, publisher, and the founder-owner of MediaNama, an India-based mobile and digital news portal. He has been a key commentator on stories and debates around Indian digital media companies, censorship, Internet and mobile regulation in India. He was an integral part of the #SaveTheInternet campaign and nominated to be a TED fellow in 2016.
Reetika Khera is an economist, social scientist and commentator. She is presently a professor of economics and researcher at IIT Delhi. Her research is focused on rural development, food security, health, nutrition, education and caste. Reetika has been actively involved in working in the implementation of India’s Mahatma Gandra National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme and published papers on analysing the NREGA, Public Distribution System (PDS) and other socio-economic issues in India.
Saikat Dutta is a journalist and researcher based in Delhi, currently contributing to Scroll.in. He’s the former Resident Editor of DNA (Delhi), Editor (National Security) for Hindustan Times & the author of the book India’s Special Forces. Saikat reports extensively on data security and defence.
Srinivas Kodali is a civil engineer, internet researcher and an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras alumni. He is the co-founder of Open Stats, an organisation that builds software products focused on Open Data for Businesses and Governments. He is also a contributor for The Wire.
Assistant ProducerShubham Mishra
EditingUmrav Singh Gurjar