Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Consilience 2015: Net Neutrality

[The following announcement is posted on behalf of the Law and Technology Society at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore]

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 topic of Net Neutrality. 

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. 

However, to maintain this network, 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.

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

Sarthak Gupta
On behalf of L-Tech

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