Banibrata Dutta | 7 Nov 16:36 2014
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Now this could be game changing...

Ozone Networks, has signed a Small Cell as a Service agreement with Ericsson to provide a neutral carrier-grade Wi-Fi network across India

Read more at: http://www.lightreading.in/lightreadingindia/news-analysis/298563/ericsson-ozone-partner-provide-wi-network-india?utm_source=referrence_article

What do members think ?
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Arun Mehta | 19 Oct 09:43 2014
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Fwd: TRAI consultation paper on “Delivering Broadband Quickly: What do we need to do?


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> It’s a good document to understand the broadband scenario in India, challenges and opportunities.  Consultation paper provides good information on current status of broadband in India, Backhaul Links, National Backbone Network, Internet Exchange Points, Demand side issues and implementation and policy related issues. Paper also covers international examples as well.
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> The consultation paper  and comments are available at http://trai.gov.in/Content/ConDis/10731_11.aspx  for your kind information.
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Suresh Ramasubramanian | 17 Oct 06:00 2014
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Fwd: TRAI consultation paper on “Delivering Broadband Quickly: What do we need to do?

For the list's attention.  Especially amusing are these two questions :)

I am not sure how many here have memories of all the best practices suggested in the early days and the various reasons these didn't get adopted :)

Q5. What are the specific reasons that ISPs are proactively not connecting with NIXI? What measures are required so that all ISPs are connected to the NIXI?  

Q6. Would the hosting of content within the country help in reduction of the cost of broadband to a subscriber? If yes, what measures are required to encourage content service providers to host content in the data centre situated within India? 


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Subject: TRAI consultation paper on “Delivering Broadband Quickly: What do we need to do?

Dear Members,

It’s a good document to understand the broadband scenario in India, challenges and opportunities.  Consultation paper provides good information on current status of broadband in India, Backhaul Links, National Backbone Network, Internet Exchange Points, Demand side issues and implementation and policy related issues. Paper also covers international examples as well. TRAI seek response from all stakeholders including consumers on the following issues.

Issues raised in the consultation paper (available at http://trai.gov.in/Content/ConDis/10731_11.aspx ) are as under:

Q1. What immediate measures are required to promote wireline technologies in access networks? What is the cost per line for various wireline technologies and how can this cost be minimised? Please reply separately for each technology.

Q2. What are the impediments to the deployment of wireless technologies in the access network? How can these deployments be made faster? Please reply separately for each technology. 

Q3. The recommendations of the Authority on Microwave backhaul have been recently released. Are there any other issues which need to be addressed to ensure availability of sufficient Microwave backhaul capacity for the growth of broadband in the country?

Q4. The pricing of Domestic Leased Circuits (DLC) have been reviewed in July 2014. Apart from pricing, are there any other issues which can improve availability of DLC? 

Q5. What are the specific reasons that ISPs are proactively not connecting with NIXI? What measures are required so that all ISPs are connected to the NIXI? 

Q6. Would the hosting of content within the country help in reduction of the cost of broadband to a subscriber? If yes, what measures are required to encourage content service providers to host content in the data centre situated within India? 

Q7. Are PSUs ideal choices for implementing the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project?

Q8. Should awarding of EPC turnkey contracts to private sector parties through International Competitive Bidding (ICB) be considered for the NOFN project?

Q9. Are there any ways in which infrastructure development costs can be reduced? Is it possible to piggyback on the existing private sector access networks so as to minimize costs in reaching remote rural locations? 

Q10. What can the private sector do to reduce delivery costs? Please provide specific examples. 

Q11. What are the major issues in obtaining right of way for laying optical fibre? What are the applicable charges/ constraints imposed by various bodies who grant permission of right of way? In your opinion what is the feasible solution? 71 

Q12. Should the Government consider framing guidelines to mandate compulsory deployment of duct space for fibre/ telecommunications cables and space for telecommunication towers in all major physical infrastructure construction projects such as building or upgrading highways, inner-city metros, railways or sewer networks?

Q13. What are the impediments to the provision of Broadband by Cable operators? Please suggest measures (including policy changes) to be taken for promoting broadband through the cable network. 

Q14. What measures are required to reduce the cost and create a proper eco system for deployment of FTTH in the access network? 

Q15. Are there any regulatory issues in providing internet facility through Wi-Fi Hotspots? What are the reasons that installation of Wi-Fi hotspots has not picked up in the country? What type of business model needs to be adopted to create more Wi-Fi hotspots? 

Q16. What are other spectrum bands which can be unlicensed for usage of Wi-Fi technology or any other technology for provision of broadband?

Q17. How much spectrum will be required in the immediate future and in the long term to meet the target of broadband penetration? What initiatives are required to make available the required spectrum? 

Q18. Are there any other spectrum bands apart from the ones mentioned in Chapter-2 to be identified for provision of wireless broadband services?

Q19. What are the measures required to encourage Government agencies to surrender spectrum occupied by them in IMT bands? 

Q20. What should be the time frame for auctioning the spectrum in 700 MHz band? 

Q21. Do you agree with the demand side issues discussed in Chapter 5 and Chapter 6? How these issues can be addressed? Please also indicate any other demand side issues which are not covered in the CP.  

Q22. Please give your comments on any related matter, not covered above

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Banibrata Dutta | 29 Sep 10:18 2014
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Is wordpress.com blocked for anyone else ?

Strangely, local BSNL (at least the Bangalore service) has blocked all access to:
Is it true for anyone else ? Anyhow, I've registered a complaint, but a complain of this nature, I'm not sure even gets looked at. Not sure especially, if there is any court order against the domain !

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Arun Mehta | 26 Sep 08:56 2014
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communicator for a deaf-mute low vision person

At the Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind in Mumbai, there is a trainer who has been deaf since birth and does not speak, and also has been progressively losing vision. For my project seeking to bring smart phones into the lives of the deaf-blind, I could only communicate with him through sign-language interpretation. The need he immediately identified, was that he had immense difficulty communicating with most of the people around him, who did not know sign language. Spelling the word on the palm letter by letter also doesn't work too well in the local script, which is Devanagari.

I therefore wrote the free Android app dbtype to address his pressing communication need, indeed also mine, since I am just a beginner in signing. Even if the app is not useful for you, I would be grateful for suggestions on how it might be improved. It's simple:

Press the Say button to activate speech to text, which records till you pause, converts to text and displays in a text box using a large font size. Press Pick to select from the stored sentences to add to the contents of the text box, or to clear it. Press Say to convert this text to speech which can be heard through the speakers of the device.

If the text box only contains the word "settings" (all small, no quotes), a new screen opens in which you can edit the stored sentences, and change the font size. Press the Save button to save your changes and return you to the main screen. The hope is that this can all be done by a low-vision person.

There are no advertisements or data collection in this app.

You can download the app fromhttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_arun_mehta.dbtype

A video is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DyfzxVWA2E

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Udhay Shankar N | 10 Sep 08:53 2014
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NETRA: India’s planned Orwellian surveillance system

Anyone know more?

Udhay

http://notacoda.net/2014/09/05/netra-indias-planned-orwellian-surveillance-system/

NETRA: India’s planned Orwellian surveillance system
Friday, 5 September, 2014 · by notacoda

Overview

NETRA (from the Sanskrit word नेत्र (netra), meaning “eye,” and a
convenient ‘backronym’ for Network Traffic Analysis) is India’s planned
Internet monitoring system. There have been no public comments by
India’s executive leadership on NETRA, no statements have been made in
Parliament that detail the system and no public literature exists that
describe it. Until it is publicly acknowledged by a senior elected
representative, it will remain a secretive surveillance measure. Except
for a few news reports (for instance, here and here) crediting an
anonymous bureaucratic source, all of which are substantially similar,
no public information about NETRA exists.

From the few news reports quoting the anonymous source, whose
credibility is not publicly known, NETRA appears to be a keyword-based
detection, monitoring, and pattern-recognition system for packetized
data and voice traffic over the Internet. This means that it will cover
most forms of electronic communications, including emails, tweets, blog
posts, status updates, VoIP calls, instant messages, and so on. It will
utilise deep packet inspection (DPI) software at several installed nodes
at Internet Service Provider (ISP) locations across India. At the
outset, there appears to be a functional overlap with at least a few
aspects of the Central Monitoring System (CMS). The CMS is purported to
be an automated telephone interception mechanism that requires the
installation of interception, storage, and forwarding (ISF) servers at
Telephone Service Provider (TSP) locations. The ISF servers will perform
DPI to effect interceptions of packetized voice data since many voice
communications are no longer streamed over a circuit-switched network
(PSTN), although most are subsequently packetized. Netra is also the
official name of an Indian aerial surveillance drone.

NETRA is being developed by a laboratory of the Defence R&D Organisation
(DRDO) called the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
(CAIR). In a selection trial conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs,
NETRA was favoured over a competing solution offered by the secretive
National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), India’s primary signals
and technical intelligence agency, which does not have a website, and
which recently separated from the primary external intelligence agency –
the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). NTRO’s offering was developed by
Paladion, a private, Indian-promoted, information security company.
Besides reportedly being buggy, the involvement of private companies
over which it is more difficult to impose secrecy resulted in NTRO’s
defeat and NETRA’s selection.

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Vickram Crishna | 14 Aug 07:16 2014
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Evolution of cybercrime laws in Tamil nadu

'Need', or 'have'? The lawbooks are full of antediluvian laws, a matter I understand was very much part of the deliberations of the Constitutional Assembly, correct me if I'm mistaken, as among the things a democratically appointed Parliament would redefine or remove. So it took some 40 years for this august body to decide that some persons hailing from some tribes in some parts of India were not, after all, criminals by virtue of their birth, for instance.  I'm sure they had other terribly pressing matters on the mind in the interim, and still have.

Is it any wonder that it does not act to halt cowboy actions by some police officers somewhere, doubtless in honest reliance upon their own judgment of right and wrong, but which are then flaunted happily by lesser beings puffed up with their position? Just because a state has some rule or even law, does not mean that the people of the state have knowingly decided this is suitable for themselves and is something they wish to have in place, and furthermore, acted upon in this fashion. But I don't think we actually have such a benighted state anywhere in this country.

Incidentally, the powers ascribed to state and center are fairly well defined, and telecom, data services, wireless etc are central matters. I don't think states have the power to yank in persons for actions that are governed by a different set of laws, central laws, under flimsy parochial perceptions. Am I right?

Or am I a goonda for asking?

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On Thursday, 14 August 2014, 9:37, Srini RamaKrishnan <cheeni-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:


I am puzzled that such draconian laws are needed to deal with what is essentially a non-violent crime.
The benefits are not at all clear to me, but the risks are obviously many.
Any opinions on why some of the most wealthy states in India need such laws?
On Aug 13, 2014 11:51 AM, "Banibrata Dutta" <banibrata.dutta <at> gmail.com> wrote:
Karnataka has had a similar good fortune... let's join in the celebration :-)

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-07-30/news/52237723_1_goonda-act-offences-offenders



On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM, Srini RamaKrishnan <cheeni-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Summary:

Cybercrime offenders to be treated on par with hardened
criminals and sex offenders, and can face up to a year of preventive
detention in the state of Tamil Nadu.

There have been previous attempts to do this in TN,
http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/tamil-nadu-to-bring-cyber-crime-under-goondas-act-307528

The latest is this:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/amendments-will-be-violative-of-article-21-22-experts/article6306765.ece

"More significantly, the Bill also proposes to bring under the Goondas
Act the offences listed in Chapter XI of the Information Technology
Act. This includes Section 66(A) that prohibits “offensive messages
through communication service.”

In recent times, a number of persons have been booked under this
Section in many parts of the country for posting “offensive” messages
on social media sites attracting outrage from rights activists.

In fact, moving one step further, the amendments in the Bill make even
“preparations” for engaging in a cyber crime an offence if it had the
potential to affect public order.

“By bringing within its ambit those persons who are preparing to
engage in the commission of a cyber-law offence, the police will be
authorised to detain individuals who simply visit a website that
carries derogatory material that, if disseminated, will endanger
public order. Such a provision is hardly reasonable and is
constitutionally suspect,” feels Abhishek Sudhir, Assistant Director
of the Centre for Public Law and Jurisprudence at the Jindal Global
Law School. “Such a provision is violative of Article 21 of the
Constitution [which protects right of life and personal liberty].”

As on April 7, Tamil Nadu had 1851 persons detained under the TPDA."

Other reasons to be concerned, besides cybercrime:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/activists-fear-misuse-of-law/article6307809.ece?homepage=true

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Srini RamaKrishnan | 12 Aug 17:16 2014
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Evolution of cybercrime laws in Tamil nadu

Summary:

Cybercrime offenders to be treated on par with hardened
criminals and sex offenders, and can face up to a year of preventive
detention in the state of Tamil Nadu.

There have been previous attempts to do this in TN,
http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/tamil-nadu-to-bring-cyber-crime-under-goondas-act-307528

The latest is this:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/amendments-will-be-violative-of-article-21-22-experts/article6306765.ece

"More significantly, the Bill also proposes to bring under the Goondas
Act the offences listed in Chapter XI of the Information Technology
Act. This includes Section 66(A) that prohibits “offensive messages
through communication service.”

In recent times, a number of persons have been booked under this
Section in many parts of the country for posting “offensive” messages
on social media sites attracting outrage from rights activists.

In fact, moving one step further, the amendments in the Bill make even
“preparations” for engaging in a cyber crime an offence if it had the
potential to affect public order.

“By bringing within its ambit those persons who are preparing to
engage in the commission of a cyber-law offence, the police will be
authorised to detain individuals who simply visit a website that
carries derogatory material that, if disseminated, will endanger
public order. Such a provision is hardly reasonable and is
constitutionally suspect,” feels Abhishek Sudhir, Assistant Director
of the Centre for Public Law and Jurisprudence at the Jindal Global
Law School. “Such a provision is violative of Article 21 of the
Constitution [which protects right of life and personal liberty].”

As on April 7, Tamil Nadu had 1851 persons detained under the TPDA."

Other reasons to be concerned, besides cybercrime:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/activists-fear-misuse-of-law/article6307809.ece?homepage=true

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sarbajit roy | 8 Aug 06:28 2014
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Who is the competent authority to block websites in India

Dear Gii-ites,

[Hope the list still works]

A few years back Naavi had posted this [http://www.bloggernews.net/124423]
Are there any updates to this question.

The background is that an emerging political party (!) has recently decided to form various Cab Driver and Auto Chaalak sanghs nationwide. Their acronym is "CDAC" (Cab Driver Auto Chaalak). They initially booked an .IN  domain name "CDACPUNE.IN" and intended to setup user sub-domains for user-blogs like blogspot and tumblr etc. do.

On 2.Aug.2014 (when the domain got activated) I offered to test it out (during the 5 days "Add Grace Period" allowed for domain tasting by .IN Registry policy) by installing a stripped-down open-source highly SEO friendly tasting "TextPress" blog "natgrid.cdacpune.in" developed by an Indian coder in God's own country, which is viewable by simple DNS redirects to wherever the blogs are actually hosted, in this case to "natgrid-cdacindia.rhcloud.com", to see how search engines like Google index it. Google indexed it very fast and it was no.3 for "Natgrid" within 24 hours.

2-3 days later I got some phone calls from NATGRID that publication of any material about NATGRID is a violation of Official Secrets Act, and that nothing about Natgrid can be published in public domain since Natgrid is an exempted organisation under RTI Act etc. I disagreed with their interpretation as almost all the material is compiled from reliable 3rd party sources which are easily accessed online - such as DoPT's website, Rajya Sabha reply to questions, and former NATGRID CEO Raghu Raman's own blog in Livemint.

So the "Joint Secretary" Natgrid (which is under MHA) has apparently issued a letter, as did also C-DAC, to NIXI (which has been illegally operating the IN Registry since 2005 as I have established using RTI), and a FIR for impersonation of NATGRD has been filed in Pune by CDAC, and the domain has been shut down by NIXI by deleting its root domain records on 6 August 2014 while still under the AGP period.

No attempt was made to contact the Registrant (an auto chaalak) in this entire process, and the block was all done unilaterally and secretly. The Registrant has thereafter made several complaints to NIXI and CERT-IN but they are evading replying under which provision the domain is disabled or who authorised it or if it was done u/s 69 IT Act.

The blog is still accessible at natgrid-cdacindia.rhcloud.com and CDAC / India Against Corruption are planning to fight this one out and get C-DAC's own website taken down under IT Act and file our own IT Act complaints. The political wing shall probably take a .US domain name and also sue NATGRID and MHA in USA.

We infer that what has actually upset "NATGRID" is that we incidentally posted that the concerned JS is a "superannuated officer" who was last posted as JS in DoPT and also worked on the proposed Privacy Law there. Now Natgrid has apparently also been hiring and rehiring PSU people at astronomical salaries to "nobble" them.  So I filed an online RTI using DoPT's portal for this at 1:53 PM on 6-Aug-2014 to MHA which was automatically forwarded to this officer. Within 5 hours he gets the blog shut down at NIXI level. Highly suspicious what ?

Sarbajit Roy






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Banibrata Dutta | 5 Aug 13:38 2014
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Regulator (TRAI) to have industry consultation on OTT...

See some strange reasoning...

Telcos losing revenue to, and unable to compete with OTT providers... Which means pricing of messaging services aren't set competitively?

http://m.lightreading.in/lightreadingindia/news-analysis/297382/trai-dialogue-telcos-otts?utm_campaign=050814&utm_medium=daily&utm_source=newsletter

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TheHoot.org: What Sandberg and Modi didn't talk about


What Sandberg and Modi didn't talk about
Facebook's violation of privacy and ethics in its 'emotional contagion' research is causing a furore yet does not seem to have figured in Narendra Modi's talks with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.   The PM should have questioned her closely on behalf of India's millions of Facebook users, says GEETA SESHU. PIX: Screenshot of PNAS research
http://www.thehoot.org/web/What-Sandberg-and-Modi-didn-t-talk-about/7623-1-1-12-true.html
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