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Second Panel: Future of Governance

  • Multipurpose Hall Kamla Devi Complex, India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Road New Delhi, 110003 India (map)

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The aim of this panel is to bring clarity to concepts like receptive technology, glacial government, response of regulators to the pace of technological advancements, era of blockchain and bitcoins, artificial intelligence, big data and forecasting.

Opening remarks by Amitabh Kant - CEO, NITI Aayog

Dr J Satyanarayana - Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
Ananth Padmanabhan - Fellow, Carnegie India
Chinmayi Arun - Assistant Professor, Law, National Law University
Vrinda Bhandari - Advocate

Chair: Justice BN Srikrishna - Chairman, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC)

The talk will be livestreamed on the IIC website; available on Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels hosted on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accessed here. The full facebook live broadcast of the keynote by Prof Yochai Benkler can be accessed here.

Questions will be taken on a special number through SMS, provided at the venue, and selected ones will be answered given time constraints.

Justice BN Srikrishna is currently Legal Counsel doing Chamber Practice on retirement from the Supreme Court, and is heading a High Level Committee appointed by the Government of India to make recommendations to frame a law for Data Protection. Previously, he headed the Srikrishna Commission of Inquiry on Bombay Riots of December 1992 and January 1993. He is the Former Chairman of the Sixth Pay Commission, the Former Chairman of the Committee appointed by the Government of India to look into the demand for the seperation of the state of Andhra Pradesh, and the Former Chairman of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission. He has also been appointed as Chairman of the High Level Committee to take forward the Institutionalisation of Arbitration in India by the Government of India. Justice BN Krishna has served as Judge of the Supreme Court of India from 2002 to 2006, Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court from 2001 to 2002, Judge of Bombay High Court from 1990 to 2001, and Counsel in the Bombay High Court from 1962 to 1990.

Sri J Satyanarayana served in the Indian Administrative Service, the permanent civil service of India 1977 batch  for 37 years. J Satyanarayana has served in key positions for both the Union Government and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, like as the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) of Andhra Pradesh, Special Chief Secretary (Health, Medical and Family Welfare), Special Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Principal Secretary (Communications and Information Technology) etc. In the past, J Satyanarayana has also been appointed as the Union Electronics and Information Technology Secretary by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). He also had a stint with the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), on deputation, as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), under Rule 6(2)(ii) of The Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954. Post-retirement, J Satyanarayana was appointed as the Adviser to the Government of Andhra Pradesh for e-Governance, Electronics and Information Technology, with the status of a Cabinet Minister , and as Chairman (Part time), Unique Identification Authority of India, Govt. of India.

Ananth Padmanabhan is a fellow at Carnegie India, based in New Delhi. His primary research focus is technology, regulation, and public policy, and the intersection of these three fields within the Indian context. He has authored India’s leading treatise on intellectual property rights, entitled Intellectual Property Rights: Infringement and Remedies (LexisNexis, 2012), and a number of book chapters including in the latest Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is a regular contributor to leading Indian newspapers including the Indian Express and Business Line. Previously, Padmanabhan practiced law in the Madras High Court, and taught at various institutions including the National Law University, Jodhpur, and the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is currently enrolled in their doctoral program on a non-resident basis.

Chinmayi Arun is an Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University Delhi, where she is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Communication Governance.  She is a member of the United Nations Global Pulse Data Privacy Advisory Group, and of UNESCO India's Media Freedom committee. She is also a Fellow of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University, and has been a consultant to the Law Commission of India in the past. Chinmayi has published work on algorithms, harmful speech, privacy and information gatekeepers. She is lead author of the India country report in Freedom House's Freedom on the Net report for 2014 and 2015, and of the India report in the Global Network of Centers’ study of online intermediaries.

Vrinda Bhandari is an advocate and is currently associated with the Chambers of Mr. K.V. Viswanathan, Sr. Advocate in the Supreme Court of India. Prior to that she was working in the criminal trial courts in Delhi. Vrinda is interested in, and has been writing on, issues of data privacy and governance and has been involved in the recent WhatsApp-Facebook case, the right to be forgotten litigation, and the constitutional challenge to criminal defamation. Previously, she was working as a Consultant with the Law Commission of India. Vrinda is a Rhodes Scholar and read for the Masters in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and the BCL (Bachelor in Civil Law), where she was awarded the Ralph Chiles prize in Comparative Human Rights. She received her undergraduate law degree (B.A., LL.B. (Hons)) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India. She is also a keen sportswoman, having run multiple marathons and captained the Oxford Women’s Blues Basketball Team. 

Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. It will unfold in a series of nine interactions covering different aspects of the digital revolution.

This series will examine the impacts of digital technologies on the human psyche and on societies – exploring ways in which some of the negative elements may be mitigated. There will be a peep into the future – of what machine learning and artificial intelligence may bring to human experience – and the moral and ethical dilemma associated with these. It will also delve into issues relating to data privacy and cyber security as well as the emerging legal regime to regulate this critical domain.