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Usha Ramanathan

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Sentiment analysis for seamless governance by Usha Ramanathan

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Lawyer Usha Ramanathan has been one of the most vociferous voices against the Unique Identification Authority of India's Aadhaar project. She represented petitioners in one of the many cases against the UIDAI that the Supreme Court collectively heard arguements this May. At a public talk, hosted by the Centre for Law and Policy Research in Bangalore, Ramanthan spoke about the numerous problematic facets of the biometric-based Aadhaar project. This 5-part series highlights some of those arguments.Aadhaar will take India to an Orwellian reality. This is evidenced in a tender floated by the Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited - or BECIL. Under the Information & Broadcasting ministry, BECIL wants to establish a system that will plug into 'mobile insights platforms', including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, Playstore, email, news, blogs and more.

10mins

26 Sep 2018

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Death by Aadhaar by Usha Ramanathan

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Lawyer Usha Ramanathan has been one of the most vociferous voices against the Unique Identification Authority of India's Aadhaar project. She represented petitioners in one of the many cases against the UIDAI that the Supreme Court collectively heard arguements this May. At a public talk, hosted by the Centre for Law and Policy Research in Bangalore, Ramanthan spoke about the numerous problematic facets of the biometric-based Aadhaar project. This 5-part series highlights some of those arguments.Failure of biometric authentication is one of Aadhaar's biggest drawbacks, which has led to denial of benefits and services and even deaths. This failure is something that then UIDAI director general RS Sharma had conceded to in an interview to Frontline magazine in 2011.

6mins

26 Sep 2018

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Trickle Up theory and the 'death of privacy' by Usha Ramanathan

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Lawyer Usha Ramanathan has been one of the most vociferous voices against the Unique Identification Authority of India's Aadhaar project. She represented petitioners in one of the many cases against the UIDAI that the Supreme Court collectively heard arguements this May. At a public talk, hosted by the Centre for Law and Policy Research in Bangalore, Ramanthan spoke about the numerous problematic facets of the biometric-based Aadhaar project. This 5-part series highlights some of those arguments.Data is the new oil. And with Aadhaar, it will be possible for the 1% of the rich to use the personally identifiable information of Aadhaar holders to create more wealth for themselves. This is the trickle-up theory.

11mins

26 Sep 2018

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The U in UIDAI by Usha Ramanathan

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Lawyer Usha Ramanathan has been one of the most vociferous voices against the Unique Identification Authority of India's Aadhaar project. She represented petitioners in one of the many cases against the UIDAI that the Supreme Court collectively heard arguements this May. At a public talk, hosted by the Centre for Law and Policy Research in Bangalore, Ramanthan spoke about the numerous problematic facets of the biometric-based Aadhaar project. This 5-part series highlights some of those arguments.The stated goal of UIDAI/Aadhaar is to eliminate ghosts and fakes and deduplicate people. This, it first said, would be done on the basis of biometrics that are unique. But then the UIDAI's internal reports claim that demographic and environmental factors that decide whether biometrics work or not. The Authority then changed the narrative.

9mins

26 Sep 2018

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Usha Ramanathan on Big Data

Voices - Conversations on Business and Human Rights from Around the World

IHRB's Salil Tripathi talks to Indian human rights scholar Usha Ramanathan about issues around remedy in relation to big data.

13mins

8 Dec 2017

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Usha Ramanathan on India, Land and Accountabilty

Voices - Conversations on Business and Human Rights from Around the World

Usha Ramanathan lives in New Delhi, India, where she works on the jurisprudence of law, poverty and rights.

13mins

30 Mar 2015