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Talk on cyber privacy and digital rights

Monday, April 30, 2018

On 30 April 2018, SLP hosted Shmyla Khan of the Digital Rights Foundation at SLP for an interactive workshop on online privacy and security. The talk encompassed areas of human rights, right to information, online security and privacy, gender-based violence and the cutting-edge field of internet and telecommunication laws.

Shmyla Khan spoke about types and forms of online harassment, the legal difficulty of separating the online space from offline spaces, problems of definitions in the relevant laws, the changing nature of privacy and heightened awareness of online privacy in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. She also informed students of tools they could use to protect themselves online, and the Federal Investigation Agency’s National Response Centre for Cyber Crime. The talk closed with a healthy discussion on the context for the introduction of the ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016’ and its resulting legal lacunae.

SLP’s students thoroughly enjoyed the talk and participated fully with their questions and concerns, asking questions about forms of online harassment, modes of protecting against them and actively contributing to the discussion on the shortfalls of the ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016.’

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