Webinar Series: Cyber Democracy

Rise of Employee Surveillance post COVID and Labour Rights Violations

With COVID and lockdown across the world, there has been a push towards using technology. everywhere post COVID. Employers are pushing surveillance systems as employees work from home or gig worker’s body temperature are being monitored by platforms. This session will look at some of these developments and look into labour violations and how technology is accelerating it.

Event Timing: May 30, 2020, 07:00 PM IST
Organized by Suno India Internet Freedom Foundation and Youth Ki Awaz


Anupam Guha

Anupam Guha is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies, IITB. His interests in AI and policy is the interaction of labour with AI, and the political-economy of automation, how AI systems fail around complex problems humans solve and how code precedes policy. This is informed from his training as an AI scientist (PhD in CS from UMD’ 2017, MS in CS from GaTech’ 2010) with past work in the industry as an AI researcher after his PhD. He teaches a graduate course on AI and policy at IITB.

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Aditi Surie

Aditi Surie is a academic researcher with the Indian Institute of Human Settlements. Aditi’s current research investigates the nature and conditions of work in the life of urban residents bereft of state-sponsored work and social security. She is particularly focused on understanding how Silicon Valley tech companies, at the forefront of creating the ‘gig economy’ (like platforms of Uber and Ola cabs), impact Indian urban workers whose experiences do not rest easily with the Northern discourses associated with the gig economy.

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Urvashi Aneja

Urvashi Aneja is Founding Director of Tandem Research. She works on the governance and sociology of emerging technology; southern partnerships for humanitarian and development assistance; and the power and politics of global civil society. Urvashi is also Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a columnist for the Indian Express. She has a PhD from the Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford.


Srinivas Kodali

Srinivas Kodali is an interdisciplinary researcher working on data, governance and internet. An avid supporter of digital rights, he is part of internet movements and communities advocating for open knowledge, privacy, cybersecurity, data standards and algorithmic accountability. Srinivas also hosts a podcast “Cyber Democracy" on Suno India.

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Past event

In the prvious session of this series, the speakers discussed the issue of contact tracing, health and disease surveillance and how it is different from social forms of surveillance carried out by the police and intelligence agencies. The response to coronavirus contact tracing has been from the police department instead of health departments bringing in concerns of misuse of information. While a healthcare response is need of the hour, we are witnessing all other forms of reactions but by health practitioners.