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IJLT ANNUAL REPORT 2012-13 The Editorial Board for 2012-13 comprised of the following seven members: 1. Amlan Mohanty (Chief Editor) 2. Tarun Krishnakumar (Managing Editor) 3. Manasa Sundaraman 4. Ramyaa Veerabhatran 5. Jyoti Maheshwari 6. Shreya Jain 7. Raghav Srivastava 8. Harshavardhan Goel (Observer)

The Board also had three Line Editors: 1. Suveni Bhagat 2. Jaya Chaturvedi 3. Subhankar Pasalapudi

Over the course of the year, the Editorial Board for the year 2012-13 was involved with organising events, soliciting submissions from established practitioners and academics in the field for publication in Vol. 9 of the Journal, engaging in research work for academics, establishing partnerships with key policy and Indian Journal of Law and Technology (2012-13)

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Amlan Mohanty [Chief Editor] Tarun Krishnakumar [Managing Editor] Jyoti Maheshwari

Raghav Srivastava e-mail: editorialboard@ijlt.in

Manasa Sundaraman Shreya Jain

Ramyaa Veerabhatran Harshavardhan Goel [Observer]

website: www.ijlt.in


advocacy bodies, preparing short notes for a newly introduced monthly newsletter and building partnerships with publishing platforms to increase visibility of the Journal.

EVENTS

1st IJLT-SFLC Law and Technology Essay Competition The Editorial Board partnered with Software Freedom Law Centre India, a Delhi-based non-profit organisation advocacy body working in the field of law and technology, to organise an essay competition in the month of April, 2013. The topics covered issues of network neutrality, government support for open source software, privacy issues on the internet and software patent litigation. The competition also featured a special ‘Best First Year Student Submission’ award, including a cash prize, to encourage young students to think about these issues and engage in academic writing on these subjects.

LIRNEasia-IJLT Residential Course on Broadband Policy In an effort to engage with policy formulation and advocacy, IJLT collaborated with LIRNEasia, a Sri Lankan based ICT policy think tank, to organise a capacity building exercise in the form of a four day residential course, featuring participants across different sectors including academics, regulators, government officials, activists, lawyers and students. The objective of the course was to bring together participants from different stakeholder groups to inform and engage decision makers about good practices on licensing policy, spectrum management, as well as other regulatory aspects affecting broadband access to the poor. The capacity building exercise consisted of short modules taught by senior lecturers from LIRNEAsia and involved short assignments on various aspects of broadband policy. The course culminated in a mock public hearing where group presentations were made before a panel consisting of government officials, who scrutinised the proposals of different stakeholder groups on efficient use of subsidy for the Bharat Indian Journal of Law and Technology (2012-13)

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Amlan Mohanty [Chief Editor] Tarun Krishnakumar [Managing Editor] Jyoti Maheshwari

Raghav Srivastava e-mail: editorialboard@ijlt.in

Manasa Sundaraman Shreya Jain

Ramyaa Veerabhatran Harshavardhan Goel [Observer]

website: www.ijlt.in


Broadband project (also called the National Fibre Optic Network) aimed at reaching a quarter of a million gram panchayats in India. The event concluded with the panel announcing the results for the best group presentation. The budget for the entire event was $4,600.

AWARENESS INITIATIVES

The IJLT Feed The IJLT Feed is an initiative of the Editorial Board for 2013-14 to track international developments in the field of law and technology and prepare short notes with perspectives from India to educate professionals, students and academics on new and emerging issues in the field. The newsletter is made freely available on the IJLT website, distributed through a mailing list and also published on bulletin boards

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Lecture on the Role of U.S. Technology Companies in Surveillance One of the hot topics of discussion in the middle of 2012 was the need for formal, transparent and lawful processes for the collection of personal information and user data through government interception and surveillance programs. The Centre for Internet and Society, a key partner of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology over the years, hosted a lecture by renowned privacy researcher and activist, Dr. Christopher Soghoian who is currently engaged with the American Civil Liberties Union as a Senior Policy Analyst on the ‘Role of US Tech Companies in Governmental Surveillance’ in August, 2012. To advance awareness on this topic, the Editorial Board of IJLT co-ordinated travel arrangements and accompanied over 35 students from NLSIU to the event at the CIS office. Dr. Soghoian successfully held the attention of the audience for over two hours and also shocked and awed the students with figures of wiretaps and unlawful interceptions, ending with a question-answer session that provided plenty of food for thought on the need for lawful surveillance of communications in India. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES Indian Journal of Law and Technology (2012-13)

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Amlan Mohanty [Chief Editor] Tarun Krishnakumar [Managing Editor] Jyoti Maheshwari

Raghav Srivastava e-mail: editorialboard@ijlt.in

Manasa Sundaraman Shreya Jain

Ramyaa Veerabhatran Harshavardhan Goel [Observer]

website: www.ijlt.in


Electronic Payment Systems in India Members of the Board collaborated with Professor Jane K. Winn from the University of Washington on a project involving mobile banking and financial inclusion in India. In particular, the Government of India’s open standards policy and its relevance to mobile payments is sought to be analysed. Although the project was abandoned mid-way as a resulting of scheduling difficulties, three editors of the board produced a comprehensive research document

Liability Standards for Sharing Unlawful Content Members of the Board assisted Nandan Kamath (The Law Offices of Nandan Kamath) on examining the emerging liability standards for ‘re-tweeting’ unlawful content. While liability for re-tweeting copyright protected content has received considerable attention, legal aspects relating to other violations such as defamation and applicable defences are sought to be examined. There exists sizeable literature on the copyrightability of tweets (with a bearing on liability for re-tweeting protected content) and copyright infringement committed through the re-tweeting functionality. However, there is a complete absence of an Indian-specific analysis on the subject and the researchers hope to throw light on the applicability of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and related regulations.

JOURNAL ACTIVITIES

Launching the IJLT Website One of the most significant achievements of the Editorial Board this year was the conceptualisation, designing and release of a new IJLT website, which would include multimedia content from past events, and updated archives of previously published issues. The highlights of the new website are as follows: •

Journal Archives: Being a completely open access journal, all our archives containing the last 8 issues have been made available on our website. We encourage you to browse through the archives section and download articles of interest, for current research or future reference.

The IJLT Feed: Starting this November, we have introduced a monthly newsletter that covers international law and technology developments from an Indian lens. Whether it is a digital privacy issue or a threat to internet freedom, we select key stories and provide short analysis from an Indian

Indian Journal of Law and Technology (2012-13)

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Amlan Mohanty [Chief Editor] Tarun Krishnakumar [Managing Editor] Jyoti Maheshwari

Raghav Srivastava e-mail: editorialboard@ijlt.in

Manasa Sundaraman Shreya Jain

Ramyaa Veerabhatran Harshavardhan Goel [Observer]

website: www.ijlt.in


perspective. We believe this will be useful to practitioners, academics and students in India and abroad in situating international law and policy developments in an Indian context. •

Laws and Regulations: Our website will also store the latest versions of important law and technology related legislation and regulations in India, which are often hard to locate on government websites and are often not up to date. We will ensure that these documents reflect the latest amendments and our website acts as a storehouse of important laws in the field of law and technology in India, including information technology, intellectual property, telecommunications etc.

Events and Announcements: The Board currently organises a lecture series, an essay competition, awareness programs from time to time and will also be organising a capacity building exercise for researchers involved in policy formulation. Our website besides archiving reports and multimedia from past events, will also contain announcements on future events and activities.

Guidelines for Authors: We have also described the editorial review process that the IJLT follows and provided other guidelines for authors that will help them tailor their submissions to fit the journal's mandate. A roster of past authors and a sample agreement for transfer of copyright is also available on our website.

Social Media: As a law and technology journal we have also fully embraced social media and have set up a Facebook Page, Twitter handle and Youtube account. Please do visit these pages (links are in our signature) and subscribe/like/join if it is of interest to you. We will start updating these pages on a regular basis from early next year.

Blogs and Journals: To further scholarship in this field, we have also populated a list of law and technology blogs and journals, from India and abroad. For those interested in submitting articles to other journals or subscribing to blog feeds in this area, we believe this might be a useful starting point.

Overall, we hope the new website increases the visibility of the journal and achieves our twin objectives of promoting scholarship and increasing awareness in the field of law and technology. Selection of Editorial Board 2013-14 The selection test for the Board of 2013-14 was organised by the outgoing Chief Editor. The test consisted of three components – Indian Journal of Law and Technology (2012-13)

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Amlan Mohanty [Chief Editor] Tarun Krishnakumar [Managing Editor] Jyoti Maheshwari

Raghav Srivastava e-mail: editorialboard@ijlt.in

Manasa Sundaraman Shreya Jain

Ramyaa Veerabhatran Harshavardhan Goel [Observer]

website: www.ijlt.in


(i)

An essay of approximately 3000 words on a topic concerning free speech and expression on the internet.

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A take home editorial review test consisting of substantive and footnoting corrections, an editor feedback review form and an abstract writing component.

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An application enumerating previous editorial experience.

Members of the Board corrected the review forms, editing errors and applications while two external judges evaluated the essays.

New Sponsorship, Publication Partners and Subscriptions The Editorial Board has worked towards creating synergies between the Journal and established organisations in the field of technology, law and policy. The objective is to develop long lasting relationships with advocacy groups, civil society organisations and associations that are involved in public policy formulation and academic research allowing students of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore to contribute to such discussions and develop a taste for technology law and policy. To that end, the Board signed an agreement with Software Freedom Law Centre India for an essay competition with a special award for the best ‘first year student submission’ to encourage young participants to engage with such issues. With respect to publishing platforms, the journal is currently indexed in the following databases: Westlaw India, Hein Online, Manupatra and the Legal Information Institute. This year, the funds generated by the Board’s agreement with Westlaw will be used to fund new events proposed by future editorial boards at the intersection of technology, law and policy.

Indian Journal of Law and Technology (2012-13)

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Amlan Mohanty [Chief Editor] Tarun Krishnakumar [Managing Editor] Jyoti Maheshwari

Raghav Srivastava e-mail: editorialboard@ijlt.in

Manasa Sundaraman Shreya Jain

Ramyaa Veerabhatran Harshavardhan Goel [Observer]

website: www.ijlt.in


IJLT Report 2012-13