Blockchain and Virtual Reality—A Heavenly Merger?

[Ed Note : The following post has been authored by guest contributor Davor Gasparevic. As Davor puts it, he is a writing virtuoso with several years of experience across a wide range of online industries, and has established himself as a crucial contributor for several online businesses and startups.]

At first glance, the convergence of Virtual Reality (VR) with Blockchain might seem like the most unnatural merger in technological history. On one hand, you have two fast-rising superstar platforms that both fascinate and capture the imagination of millions, but on the other, the two technologies started as completely disparate in terms of their aims and scopes.  After all, blockchain started out as a decentralized ledger system for tracking cryptocurrency, and VR was developed for entertainment purposes. Combining them and creating something truly unprecedented might be seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Dr. Usha Ramanathan’s Talk on the UIDAI Litigation

[Ed Note : The following post is based on Dr. Ramanathan’s enlightening talk  at the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. It has been authored by Karthik Subramaniam and Yashasvi Raj, first year students of the aforementioned university, who,  in a slightly longer but informative read aptly put forth Dr. Ramanathan’s views on the Aadhar issue and its judicial journey.

Dr. Usha Ramanathan, an internationally recognized legal expert, is currently research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and professor at the Indian Law Institute. Since 2009, she has consistently brought forth the loopholes in the Aadhar project, exposing its shoddy functioning.]

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A Perfect Eden

[Ed Note : The following post has been authored by Anupriya Nair, a second year student of NALSAR University of Law. In an interesting and chilling read, Anupriya talks about the potential emergence of China-inspired social credit systems in India which essentially monitor our actions to tell us how trustworthy we are. What exactly does this entail? Read to find out more!]

Unlocking Novel Frontiers of Digital Control: The Potential Emergence of Social Credit Systems in India

Development of technology has begun to tread the fine line between liberation and oppression of society. In other words, the ever-evolving digital sphere has led us to face the paradox of having means to achieve new levels of inclusivity (liberation) while running an exponentially large risk of highly intrusive surveillance (oppression).

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Muting the ‘Immutable’ – The Curious Case of Cryptcurrency Mining Pools

Editor’s Note: In a longer read, Viraj Ananth explains how the existing regime of regulations for Cryptocurrency Mining Pools is inadequate.

Viraj Ananth is a third-year student at NLSIU. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology and is the Founding Editor of The Boardroom Lawyer. He has served as an invited member of the Karnataka Government’s Consultation Team on Innovation and Regulatory Sandboxes where he co-authored the Karnataka Innovation Authority Bill, 2018.

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Comments on the Srikrishna Committee Report and the Draft Data Protection Bill 2018 – V

[Ed Note : The following post, the fifth post in the series of posts containing comments to the Report and Draft Bill, 2018  published on the MeitY website, has been authored and compiled by students of NALSAR University of Law. This post contains comments on data localisation framework put forth by the Committee.
The first post in the series can be found here.]

The Data Protection Bill under Section 41 mandates any data fiduciary to store personal data of all data principals in India. It also requires companies process and store all critical personal data only in servers or data centers located in India. This requirement is colloquially known as ‘Data Localisation.’ The report justifies data localisation on several grounds such as easy enforcement, increase in compliance, reduction of foreign surveillance, among others. The following paper will discuss briefly the reasons provided by the Report, it will then critically evaluate the claims, and arguments made by the Committee. It will conclude by arguing against a requirement for data localisation.

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