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Advocate, Supreme Court & Founder, Cyber Saathi
Founder, Design Beku

Date & Time

Sun, 14 Aug 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Technology can neither be eschewed nor ignored. It’s part of our everyday life and whilst the digital immigrants have evolved and adapted, the millennials – the digital natives, are born to it and assume it to be a part of their life. Cyber hygiene and safety measures are now required to become a normalised approach to adapting to technology. With the continuum of violence seen to transgress onto online domains from the physical one, law’s role in ensuring protective and punitive measures to deter and punish online crimes has become imperative. Online violence against women, children and the marginalised is toxic and terrifying and are far more challenging to legislate for and to enforce.

In this episode of BIC Talks N. S. Nappinai, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Author & Founder – Cyber Saathi and Padmini Ray Murray, Founder – Design Beku, discuss cyber hygiene, cyber safety and the journey leading to Cyber Saathi, a think – do tank involved in cyber policy making and providing a reliable comprehensive resource on cyber laws. They also talk about how the consensus mechanism in Prajwala v. Union of India, wherein Nappinai is assisting the Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae, has helped shape laws for social media platforms in India.

Nappinai shares case laws and anecdotes to explain protective measures and guide the audience on remedies available in Indian law. This episode is adapted from the BIC Venue event that originally took place on the 3rd of june 2022.


N S Nappinai

Advocate, Supreme Court & Founder, Cyber Saathi

Ms. N. S. Nappinai, Supreme Court Advocate and founder of Cyber Saathi™, is a senior and renowned lawyer with over 30 years of experience, specializing in Constitutional, Criminal, IPR and cyberlaws.

She is Amicus Curiae before Supreme Court in Prajwala vs. Union of India to formulate methodologies to remove child sexual abuse material and violent videos of offences against women from online platforms. She is Advisor – Tamil Nadu eGovernance Agency & Advisor – Maharashtra Cyber police. Ms. Nappinai represented the Govt of Kerala in the recent decision of the Kerala High Court on data protection.

An alumna of Stanford CDDRL, Chevening UK and IVLP USA, Nappinai trains judges, police, Armed forces and intelligence agencies at National and State Academies and has addressed sessions at National and International Conferences. She has given an inspirational Tedx talk on “Becoming Fearless & Showing Up”.

Ms. Nappinai has presented as Expert in Cyber Laws before various Government Committees dealing with policy issues on cyberlaws. She presented recently before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT on Securing Citizen Rights Online (2021); presented on Electronic Evidence before the Criminal Reforms Committee (2021); presented before the Lok Sabha Parliamentary Committee on Women Empowerment, on Cyber Safety online (2020); presented before the National Cyber Security Center, part of the Prime Minister’s Office on India’s proposed National Cyber Security Policy 2020 – 2025;
– on Government Committees, as Expert, on (i). Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain; (ii). Amendments to Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”); & (iii). Electronic Evidence.

She contributed extensively to the drafting of India’s Commercial Courts Act, 2015. Nappinai is a prolific writer, who often contributes on leading publications and has authored the seminal book on cyberlaws titled “Technology Laws Decoded”. Her books on Cyber Safety and Emerging Technologies is forthcoming.

Nappinai was an Expert Member, Tamil Nadu “State Child Policy Committee” – 2015 – 2016, for formulating the cyber security aspects under the State Child Policy. She is Advisor to many non profit organisations supporting social causes.

Padmini Ray Murray

Founder, Design Beku

Padmini Ray Murray’s research-led practice focuses on challenging acts of infrastructural and algorithmic violence, and creating alternative digital spaces and imaginations that are characterised by feminist values, specifically an ethics of care. To explore the possibilities of manifesting these spaces, Padmini founded Design Beku, a design and digital collective, that aims to dismantle expectations created by market-driven notions of design by following design justice principles, that advocate designing with communities, and not for. Her creative work includes Darshan Diversion, a feminist videogame about the Sabarimala temple controversy; Visualising Cybersecurity (with Paulanthony George & CIS, 2019) about how cybersecurity is represented in the media; On Affecting the Archive (as artist in residence at Serendipity Arts Festival, 2020). Her work has been recently featured as a highlight of the Wired Women programme for the NEoN Digital Arts Festival and she recently exhibited her work as part of a residency, Unstacked: articulations of the algorithmic condition at Khoj Studios. Padmini’s published work focuses on how corporate online spaces commit and perpetuate epistemological violence against the marginalised through collusions of infrastructure and the interface.