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Call for Papers: Consilience 2013-14 – From NLSIU, Bangalore


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For the readers interested in exploring the various nooks and crannies of cloud computing and its legal repercussions, the Law and Technology Society of the premier law school of India, National Law School of India University, Bangalore, brings once again Consilience-2013-14, its annual flagship Conference completely organized by the NLSIU students. Since its inception, Consilience has sought to venture into the very depths of its chosen theme, clarify the different ambiguities and issues involved therein and submit a recommendatory report to the Indian Government. With its unique blend of legal and technical knowledge brought together on a common platform, Consilience also provides the ideal launch pad for creativity and practicality based solutions.

Every session of the conference of this solitary national-level conference devoted towards law and technology keeps one spot reserved for a student speaker and the call for abstracts for the selection of the same has now been issued. Following is a list of the different sessions, themes and sub-themes of the conference:

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION TO CLOUD COMPUTING

a. How does cloud computing work? – An overview of the basic technical features

b. The current legal regime related to cloud computing in India- Main issues and challenges

SESSION 2: THE RELATION BETWEEN PARTIES TO CLOUD COMPUTING- USERS, INTERMEDIARIES AND GOVERNMENT BODIES

a. Legal obligations of the intermediaries towards (i) the government and (ii) the users

b. Cyber security concerns

b. Standards of data protection

c. Government’s surveillance powers and privacy issues

SESSION 3: REGULATION AND MONITORING OF DATA CONTENT

a. Current data control monitoring systems by intermediaries

b. Data ownership and intellectual property issues- Possible threats and need for regulation

c. Sensitive or critical data- Security concerns relating to their storage

SESSION 4: THE INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON CLOUD COMPUTING

a. Jurisdiction and choice of law issues- how do we counter the confusion?

b. International laws applicable to cloud computing

c. Need for a comprehensive international framework to simplify the situation?

SESSION 5: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE US AND SINGAPORE LEGAL FRAMEWORKS DEALING WITH CLOUD COMPUTING

a. Legal frameworks in US and Singapore

b. Beneficial features of these legal regimes and their suitability in the Indian context

c. Lessons to be learnt for India

SESSION 6: THE WAY FORWARD – SUGGESTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

a. Overview of the important challenges and suggestions

b. Possible Policy and Legislative steps to improve the Cloud Computing regime in India

Guidelines: Each participant is required to submit an abstract on any one of the six tracks above and can choose the specific issue within the selected track to discuss. The abstracts must be between 750- 800 words and should clearly identify the issue they are dealing with, and the argument that they seek to put forward. The abstracts must be footnoted. The conference follows a very strict policy on plagiarism and runs all submissions through plagiarism detection software.

Deadline: The deadline for the submission of abstracts is November 15, 2013. The results will be declared by November 17, 2013. Following this, the selected authors will have to submit their final papers (word limit of 2500 words) by December 9, 2013. However, even after the acceptance of the abstracts, a selected author can be disallowed from presenting the final paper if the same is unsuitable to be presented, being off topic, too different from the abstract, containing plagiarized material, of low quality or any other such reason.

 All abstract submissions have to be mailed to [email protected] by 17:00 PM, November 15th, 2013. For any clarifications, one may write to [email protected] or contact the following people:

Annie Jain: +91-7406392695

Lavanya Chawla: +91-9916262081

Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik is at present employed as a Research Associate and a Teaching Assistant at The W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has obtained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS itself and is also currently pursuing his LL.M. degree from the same university. From his very year at law school, he had been attracted towards the discipline of Intellectual Property and that interest has been kindled further in course of time. The interface between IP and other disciplines such as Economics, Anti-trust Law, Human Rights, World Trade Law and the technological developments relating thereto, has especially caught his attention since then. He’s authored several papers on issues relating to IP and other legal disciplines for journals, books, magazines and conferences in national as well as international levels. He is also currently co-heading an organization called Lexbiosis, which is an endeavor meant to facilitate the collaboration between the legal industry and academia.

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