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Announcing the Agenda for #NAMAprivacy: The Future of User Data #ad

We’re hosting a full day conference on the Future of user data in India, on the 6th of September 2017, which is particularly significant given the recent Supreme Court ruling on the fundamental right to privacy, and two government consultations: one at the TRAI, and another at MEITY. This discussion is supported by Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

We’ve got around 130 confirmations for the discussion across civil society, industry, government, think tanks, media and tech, so we’re hoping for a fairly vibrant discussion, from multiple perspectives. We’ve moved registrations to wait-list, so in case you’d like to apply, please do, and we’ll confirm, pending cancellations. We’ll be announcing speakers shortly, but our primary focus will be on a participant interaction, given that there are likely to be a diversity of views. As always, we’re hoping for disagreements to lead us towards clarity.

Please apply for the wait-list here.

We’re looking for speaker suggestions on differential privacy and de-anonymisation. Please mail me at nikhil@medianama.com if you have any recommendations (from Delhi, preferably).

The conference agenda is below. Please leave comments in case you have suggestions for changes. Our intention is for this to be a discussion that looks into the future, not the past.


Gulmohar, India Habitat Center, Delhi
6th September 2017, 10:00 am onwards


  • Maximum of 3 people on a panel.
  • 25 minutes of a sharp panel discussion
  • 35-45 minutes of audience open discussion

0900-1000 Hrs: Registration

1000-1115 Hrs:Approaches to personal, identification, behavioral and anonymous data

  • Is privacy even possible? On anonymization and de-anonymisation risks
  • Understanding differential privacy
  • The advent of blockchain and its impact on privacy.

Perspectives: Technical, legal, policy, international approaches

1130-1230 Hrs: Startups, Apps, Permissions and understanding the need for data

  • Balancing a business’ need for data with user privacy
  • Data retention and the impact of purpose limitation
  • A workable framework for app store permissions

Perspectives: Business, legal, international approaches (US, EU)

1230-1330 Hrs: Lunch

13:30-1445 Hrs: Regulating storage, sharing and transfer of data

  • User rights and identifying liability for shared data and data in transit
  • The Cloud ecosystem, cross border data flows, and jurisdictional challenges
  • State access to data: encryption, backdoors and establishing accountability.

Perspectives: Legal, policy, international approaches (US, EU)

14:45-1500 Hrs: Tea

15:00-1600 Hrs: Is consent the only way?

  • Has consent failed?
  • Is a nutrition-labels approach feasible in India?
  • Giving users complete control over their data
  • Harms based regulation and ensuring compliance

Perspectives: Policy, business, international approaches (US, EU)

1600-1630 Hrs: Closing discussion / Proposed Keynote: The roles and responsibilities of public repositories of private data (Awaiting confirmation)

1630 Hrs: Tea / END


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