DesiSec :. Cybersecurity & Civil Society in India

Politics & Society
Mittwoch, 7. Mai 2014 - 20:00 bis 21:00
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DesiSec is the first documentary film to explore cybersecurity from the civil society perspective. It explores the relationship between the average Internet user in India and the state. What is privacy, surveillance, and censorship in the world's largest democracy? How does the law impact user experience and free expression? The questions asked - and the discussions raised - have particular relevance to the Indian people, and emerging networks across the Internet.


DesiSec began as a series of interviews of international policy makers, politicians, and security experts at Cyber Dialogue in March 2013. The original idea was to question twenty-four experts on the topic of cybersecurity and post redactions of the interviews, one per month. That series to date can be found here: 

After a little digging I discovered that no one had done a documentary film on cybersecurity and civil society. Most of the discourse around cybersecurity is reported from the perspective of the state and private enterprise. What cybersecurity means for individuals and NGOs is rarely discussed. After coming to this realization I decided to develop a documentary on cybersecurity, told from the civil society point of view, focusing on the world's largest emerging network: India.  

Throughout the summer and fall of 2013 I traveled from Bangalore to Delhi and Dharamsala where I interviewed India's leading intellectuals, lawyers, and online activists.  While notions of privacy, surveillance, anonymity, and free speech resonate across the Internet they have a particular application in India. This mostly because of Indian law - often in relation to the colonial experience - and how these ideas play out in an ancient culture.

DesiSec attempts to take complex issues and make them understandable to average Internet users in India. And in some small measure, explain to the West how millions of new Internet users will impact the future growth of the Internet.  


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