E-Book in Kannada on Cyber Crimes
Naavi's book in Kannada titled "Antarjaala AparadhagaLu" (Cyber Crimes) will now be available as an e-book for direct sales from naavi.org. The e-book is meant for Cyber Cafes to load in each of the computers so that users can read the book if required and familiarize themselves with their responsibilities. (Download zip file of Extracts)( See some Screenshots online)
The price of the 136 page book is Rs 100/- per book. The e-books will be in self executable Windows format and password protected. On specific request book will be given in PDF format. Contact email@example.com for details. Payment can be made through Naavi's Payment Center.
Mobile Forensics..A New Challenge
The increasing use of Mobile phones by the population as a personal means of communication has made Mobile Phones an important piece of evidence in many legal cases. In the coming days, Mobiles will be used for e-commerce and the relevance of Mobile Evidence will assume greater importance.
..Manipulating SIM card data on the instrument is a very easy process and hence the data on the SIM card can only be taken as only an indicating evidence and has to be properly certified to be of any use in a court of law.
..It must be remembered that spoofing of SMS messages as well as voice messages is not impossible on a mobile....More
Book on Cyber Laws in Regional Language
The first book in a regional language in India on the subject of Cyber Laws is now ready. Titled "Antarjaala Aparaadhagalu" (Cyber Crime) in Kannada, the language of Karnataka, the southern State of India. The State is known in IT world for its Capital Bangalore City often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India. The State also was the first Indian State to set up a Cyber Crime Police Station with Statewide jurisdiction and got international recognition for its e-Governance project "Bhoomi".
The objective of the book is to create Cyber regulatory awareness amongst the common masses including school children and Cyber Cafe owners.
The Book will briefly discuss provisions of Information Technology Act and the recently notified regulations on Cyber Cafes in Karnataka. (Distributor Enquiries Solicited). The book has 98 pages of content and is priced at Rs 50/-. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details...Naavi: 20.11.2004
Metatags in Trade Mark Infringement
Trade mark infringements have often been alleged in the meta tags which are machine readable source code elements not normally visible to the visitor of a web page. Mr A. Sinha, an advocate from Kolkata discusses the legal issues of Trademark infringement through meta tags...Detailed Article
Microsoft Extends Indemnity to Customers
Microsoft has been extending indemnity to its high value customers from possible legal threats stemming from their use of Microsoft software. The company is now extending protection to virtually all users of its products. Microsoft's indemnification program protects customers from exposure to legal costs and damage claims related to patent, copyright, trade-secret and trademark claims. Report in Computer World
Is Hacking Possible Without Network Connection?
We often talk of Network security in the context of networked computers. In the present days of wireless connectivity we also understand that network connection can be established without a wired connection.
But a question which is now doing the rounds is "Is it possible to manipulate a computer through electro magnetic impulses sent from a distance" without any network connecton.?
This is what is termed as Van Eck Phreaking...More
Strong Opposition to Karnataka Cyber Cafe Regulation
"Terrorists also use motorcycles and cars; is the government going to ban these as well?" ...The Internet is an open medium and it is unnecessary to go so far in the name of security,"
is reported to be the reaction of Mr Kiran Karnik, the Chairman of Nasscom to the Cyber Cafe regulation proposed by Karnataka. Report in HT
If a lady's digital photograph is taken by the Cyber Cafe owner, the mischief that is possible is well known. Will Cyber Cafes be then out of bounds for the ladies?..is a question that arises.
Probably the regulation will be more breached than followed and every body will be happy or kept happy.
Recognizing the futility of forced regulation, Naavi.org recommends a voluntary Cyber Law Compliance programme for the Cyber Cafes which will be audited and certified by independent organizations such as the Cyber Society of India. ..For details contact Naavi
Related Article in bbc.co.uk
Crackdown in Ahmedabad..Report in ahmedabad.com
Petition Against Electronic Voting Machines
For some time discussions are going on on the reliability of the electronic voting machines (EVM) used in India. During the last elections, a PIL had been filed questioning the use of EVMs in the Supreme Court which had then dismissed the case advising that the dispute can be taken up with the Election Commission. Now a case has been filed in Nagpur High Court and a detailed affidavit has been filed by one of the experts who has been campaigning in this regard for some time, namely Mr Ravi V.S.Prasad. In view of the academic interest in the topic the copy of the affidavit filed in the Nagpur court has been reproduced here.
Creating Young Responsible Netizens
The recent spurt of Cyber Crime activities seen in the context of the first successful conviction of an accused in a Section 67 case should open the eyes of the responsible persons in the society of the dangers of Internet. The law to prevent Cyber pornography in India is strict and will hurt all those who violate. unfortunately many violators will be youngsters who may jeopardise their careers in a fit of youthful exuberance. In such cases it is not only the youngster who undergoes punishment but also their parents.
It is the responsibility of all those who promote Internet amongst the young to also promote the responsible use of Internet. Naavi.org urges parents and school authorities to discharge their responsibilities of properly educating their wards before letting them on to Cyber Space. In pursuance of this objective Cyber Law College has suggested a movement to create "Young Responsible Netizens" through a 12 week training programme.
First Conviction Under Sec 67 of ITA-2000
In what could be the first conviction under Section 67 of ITA-2000 in India, a Chennai court sentenced a person who had posted obscene and defamatory information about a lady in a Yahoo group message board, with a sentence of 2 years under Section 67 and another 3 years under IPC.
The case (The State of Tamil Nadu Vs Suhas Katti) had been followed with interest since it was one of the first cases of such nature to approach judgement in fairly quick time. It was also one of the first cases to be booked by the Cyber Crime Cell of Chennai Police headed presently by Assistant Commissioner S.Balu and the accused had been secured in Mumbai within a few days after the complaint had been made. It was also notable that the entire case came to a conclusion within about 6 months and the accused had been refused bail all through the trial period..., Nov 5, 2004.. Report in IE : More on the Case
[P.S: The name of the accused had been wrongly reported in some news papers as Suhas Shetty.]
DOT In Domain Name Policy
The new Dot In domain name policy ready for introduction in India from early next year opens up the domain name registration system and places it ion par with the international generic domain name registrations.
These policy changes were long overdue and are therefore welcome. It is however necessary for us to remember that with this policy changes, it would be necessary to use the services such as verify4lookalikes service. to avoid disputes....More
Domain Name Law in India
The original role of a domain name was to provide an address for computers on the Internet. The Internet has, however, developed from a mere means of communication to a mode of carrying on commercial activity..Praveen Dalal Analyses the law in India.
The Era of Truncated Cheques
India amended the age-old Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 with a Negotiable Instruments Amendment Act 2002 (NIAA) which became effective from February 6, 2003. Since then the undersigned has had several discussions with leading Software Companies in India about the need to develop a suitable software package...
Hopefully the advent of the Truncated Cheque Era will remove the marketing complacency of the Indian IT Companies and enable them to harness new opportunities that arise out of the Cyber Law Regime....More
Cheque Truncation Raises Fraud Concerns
Cheque Truncation which became a legal possibility in India since February 2003 is yet to be introduced in practice. According to current reports it is expected to be in place by January 3, 2005. It is interesting therefore how the similar law in US which became effective from October 28, 2004 has raised concerns of increasing frauds...Read this article in eweek.com
Lack of Vision in Indian IT Companies
The news item that RBI has indicated to Banks to be ready for Cheque Truncation by 2005 has suddenly made headlines. (See report in ET). This is a business opportunity which was ready to be picked up about two years back and none of the so called super powers of IT in India were able to see the opportunity coming.
The undersigned has personally discussed this need of the market with most of the major IT Companies in India over the last two years. However, none of them showed the vision to understand what the opportunity meant to them.
The response was typical .."Let some Bank give me an order. Then we will think".. No doubt that Indian IT Companies do not want to raise above being Cyber Coolies.
I urge entrepreneurs and HR Managers of IT Companies to the lack of "Marketing Instinct" amongst the top management personnel in IT Companies. Unless there is a significant change in the skill profile of the top managers to include "Marketing Acumen", the IT "Superpowers" of today will be nothing more than "Also Rans" in the coming days....Naavi, October 30, 2004
720 pages of Comprehensive Coverage on Cyber Laws
Naavi's "Cyber Laws in India..ITA-2000 and Beyond", first E-Book on Cyber Laws to be published in India consisting of 720 pages of comprehensive coverage on Cyber Laws and relevant issues, available for online purchase at RS 300/- in download form and at RS 400/- on CD.
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