Webinar | Covid Surveillance and Privacy in India | May 01, 2020, 5:50 PM

HasGeek and the Internet Freedom Foundation are hosting a webinar on Covid Surveillance and Privacy in India


The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in several global systems failing, systems built to handle emergencies. This emergency is being used as a chance to experiment with new forms of technology to understand how diseases spread. This is not the first time certain technologies like location data from call data records where used to map people’s location, which was extensively tried during the ebola crisis in Africa. We are still missing the learnings from these experiments.

Across the world there is an increased discussion on why there is a need for healthcare professionals to lead the crisis response with a specific request for silicon valley thinkers to take a step back. In this session the speakers will be presenting about the rise of surveillance technologies and the implications for privacy in India, while aslo looking at the effectiveness of these technologies.

Date: Friday, 1st May, 2020

Time: 5:50 PM to 7:30 PM

Know the speakers:

  1. Prof Subhashis Banerjee, Computer Science and Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
  2. Uttara Purandare , Phd scholar at Center for Policy studies, IIT Bombay
  3. Sidharth Deb, Policy and Parliamentary Counsel, Internet Freedom Foundation

Who should participate:

Policy researchers, Privacy engineers, Academics working on/with evaluating covid technologies. People from tech-policy advocacy organizations and Journalists are welcome to join and ask questions

Share your questions before the event by:

Tweeting to https://twitter.com/internetfreedom or https://twitter.com/hasgeek
Email to [email protected] if you have questions that you want the presenters to address.


This event is free to attend. Please RSVP here to participate: https://hasgeek.com/internetfreedom/covidsurveillance/

Reading Material:

  1. https://internetfreedom.in/a-comprehensive-look-at-covid-surveillance-and-privacy-in-india/
  2. http://www.cps.iitb.ac.in/surveilling-the-virus/
  3. http://www.cse.iitd.ac.in/~suban/reports/apps.pdf
  4. https://cis-india.org/papers/ebola-a-big-data-disaster