We would like to bring to your attention Consilience 2015- NLSIU’s annual conference on matters relating to law and technology. The information provided by the organizers is reproduced below. The concept note, poster and the basics of net neutrality are available here, here and here.
The Law and Technology Society (L-Tech) at NLSIU is proud to bring to you our annual conference Consilience, 2015. The theme for this year’s conference is the raging hot topic of Net Neutrality.
For those of you who came in late, Net Neutrality refers to the idea that all data on the internet should be treated equally. What this means is that you shouldn’t be charged more for using one website or less for another. The internet is meant to be equal for all to access. To access Youtube one should not have to pay extra, just because Airtel is trying to grow.
However, to maintain this network that we love so much, telecom operators argue they have to spend thousands of crores of rupees on licences and cable infrastructure without getting much return. Therefore they want to be able to charge differently for using different websites. This makes it is a very contentious issue as it involves a tricky balancing of business interests v. freedoms of the digital age. For a little more insight on the topic, see the document attached which explains net neutrality in a very simple manner.
The conference is going to be graced by a host of experts in the field, such as Rajan Mathews (Director-General, Cellular Operators Association of India), T.V. Ramachandran (Resident Director, Regulatory Affairs and Govt. Relations, Vodafone Essar Ltd.), the Policy Director for Centre for Internet and Society, Mr. Pranesh Prakash, and the general counsel of CISCO India, Mr. Joginder Yadav. Students and experts alike shall give us differing opinions and facilitate a great debate.
Scheduled for the 9th & 10th of May, 2015, the conference is shortly after April 24 and May 8 (the deadlines for communicating comments and counter comments respectively to the consultation paper issued by TRAI).
Register for free for Consilience 2015 on our website; all registered participants shall be given a certificate of participation. Stay connected to updates and event details through our official Facebook Event page.
Venue: National Law School of India University, Bangalore
We would be very grateful if you could forward this email to the concerned college authorities and/or to your college. Feel free to contact us for any further details.
Hope to see you there!
On behalf of L-Tech