We’re in the middle of an unprecedented global crisis. Covid-19 has thrown our life into disarray and has us exploring newer means of reaching out to people. All of these solutions involve access to the internet. How do we implement these solutions in a country that has constantly been undermining access to a free and safe internet?
If we’re using the internet to stay connected, we also need to address the most fundamental problems with its infrastructure and distribution. Access, Bandwidth, the costs and speed at which internet services are available are crucial questions. This lecture will aim towards recognising the extent of these problems and finding ways to deal with the crisis and the road that lies ahead.
Saturday, 25th April, 11:30AM - 13:00PM
Know the Speakers:
Prateek Waghre is a Research Analyst with the Technology and Policy Programme at The Takshashila Institution. His research interests include the impact of technology in democratic networked societies, internet shutdowns, information disorder and major issues affecting the internet policy space in India. Before Takshashila, he spent 8 years working in consulting and product management roles at one of the world’s largest Content Delivery Networks.
Apar Gupta is a lawyer and the Executive Director of the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). He has been working extensively on public interest issues which include strategic litigation and organisation of campaigns and collectives. In courts, Apar’s work as a lawyer includes key digital rights cases on privacy and censorship. He served as a counsel in key constitutional challenges on Section 66A, the Right to Privacy and Aadhaar, the Kashmir Internet Shutdown case representing public interest litigants. In 2020 he was inducted as an Ashoka Fellow for his work at IFF.