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Reading List: Exploring User Verification, 23rd Mar, 2023, Delhi #Ad

Here’s a reading list to help you prepare for our roundtable discussion on verification & identification, next week in Delhi, March 23, 2023

If you’re planning to attend our roundtable on verifications and identification on March 23 in Delhi (or in a hybrid manner), scroll down for a reading list that would help you prepare for this session. Please remember that you’re a participant in MediaNama’s discussions and not just there to listen. Your point of view matters to us.

We’ve had 100+ sign-ups already and limited space at the venue. If you’ve not registered already, we’d recommend you apply to attend today before registrations move to a wait-list.


  • Anonymity and Verification:
      • Digital National ID systems: Ways, shapes and forms [Read]
      • A Case for Pseudonyms [Read]
      • Examining the Online Anonymity Debate: How Far Should the Law Go in Mandating User Identification? [Read]
  • Verification and privacy:
      • Genealogies of “Verification”: Policing the Master–Servant Relationship in Colonial and Postcolonial India [Read]
  • Self-verification:
      • IRS is exploring alternatives to selfie verification with ID.me [Read]
  • Verification and biometric authentication:
      • Aadhaar hasn’t fixed identity fraud, but made it worse [Read]
      • CT and TECH: Mapping the Impact of Biometric Surveillance and social media platforms on civic space [Read]
  • On age verification:
      • Age Verification Mandates Would Undermine Anonymity Online [Read]
      • The sudden global push for age verification to end online anonymity and drive digital ID uptake [Read]
      • A child-rights approach to online age assurance and parental consent solutions [Read]
      • Global Technological Developments in Age Verification and Age Estimation [Read]
  • Anonymity and KYC:
      • How Fintechs and customers will benefit from video KYC [Read]
      • Analysing India’s KYC Framework through the Privacy Lens [Read]
      • Analysing India’s KYC Framework: Can We Do Things Better? [Read]
  • From MediaNama’s archives: 
      • Unique Identification Authority Of India Working On Age Verification Through E-KYC  [Read]
      • 692% Rise In Use Of Face Recognition For Verification: UIDAI Report [Read]
      • Summary: TRAI Seeks Feedback On Issues Related To Implementation Of Caller Name Display [Read]
      • Does The Government’s Proposed Caller Identification System Violate People’s Privacy? [Read]
      • Stakeholders Highlight Problems With Indian Telecom Regulator’s Proposal To Identify Callers [Read]
      • Draft Telecom Bill 2022: Does KYC For Telecom And Online Services Violate Privacy And Anonymity? [Read]
      • Ashwini Vaishnaw On Draft Telecom Bill Regulating WhatsApp, Mandating KYC And Revealing Caller Identity [Read]
      • Why Is The UK’s Communications Regulator, Ofcom, Not Happy With Age Verification On Adult Sites? [Read]
      • After US, Instagram Introduces Age-Verification Testing Program In India [Read]
  • Anonymity and encryption
      • Encryption and Anonymity: Rights and Risks [Read]
      • Freedom of Expression, Encryption, and Anonymity: Civil Society and Private Sector Perceptions [Read]
      • On the Use of Encryption and Anonymity in Digital Communications [Read]
      • Encryption and Anonymity on the Internet [Read]
  • Stakeholder comments: 
    • #DataProtectionTop10: Voluntary Social Media Verification [Read]
    • 101: SIM Card Registration [Read]

AGENDA: Exploring User Verification

  • Date: March 23, 2023 (Thursday), 2023
  • Venue: Viceroy Hall, The Claridges, New Delhi
    • 12:30 – 01:30 PM: Check-in + Networking Lunch
    • 01:30 – 04:00 PM: Roundtable Discussion
    • 04:00 – 05:00 PM: Closing Remarks + Tea + Networking

Globally, there is a growing trend for verification and identification. In India, its presence can be seen even in the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 that talks about verification as a means of preventing harms to children online. Similarly, other arguments are that verification can help prevent scams and spamming online.

But bigger questions first. To what extent does a person need to be identified? Why is a person being verified in a certain situation? How can we protect our own sensitive data while undergoing verification? Also, when should someone be allowed to stay anonymous?

A few key discussion points for this session are:

  • The importance of anonymity (and the room for anonymity).
  • The correlation (or lack thereof) between verification, identification and the prevention of harms, including spam and fraud
  • The effectiveness (or lack thereof) of existing verification and identification norms such as Telecom KYC.
  • Types of verification
  • A framework for gradation of verification.
  • Technical challenges with verification, traceability and identification
  • Privacy risks of verification, traceability and identification

  • Registration does not guarantee attendance. In case you fit our mandate for the curated audience, we’ll send you a confirmation by March 22, 2023.
  • Your contact information will never be shared with anyone outside of MediaNama.
  • MediaNama’s subscribers, however, get priority and guaranteed access to all our events and activities.

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I'm interested in the shaping and strengthening of rights in the digital space. I cover cybersecurity, platform regulation, gig worker economy. In my free time, I'm either binge-watching an anime or off on a hike.

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