The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi (CCG) is a research center within NLU Delhi and is meant to ensure that the Indian legal education establishment engages more meaningfully with communication law and policy, and offers academic contribution to communication policy making. We believe that there is a dearth of material and ability required to help law and policy stay abreast of technological advancement, which enhances citizens’ rights and diverse public discourse. Our work aims to fill these gaps.
Our efforts are directed at:
- generating research that traces out citizens’ rights in the context of telecommunications and the Internet;
- helping policy-makers and judges understand how better to protect citizens’ rights in the new media; and
- teaching, capacity-building and supporting others who will be able to work with Internet and telecommunications law and policy in India. We hope to start filling the research vacuum, and to create a pool of people with the capacity to contribute effectively to information technology policy.
CCG uses its research to engage meaningfully with policy-making in India by participating in public consultations, contributing to parliamentary sub-committees and other consultation groups, holding seminars and workshops for different stakeholders in communication policy and strategically intervening in communication litigation that is likely to affect citizens’ political rights.
The Centre routinely works with a range of international academic institutions and policy organizations. These include the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, Hans Bredow Institute at the University of Hamburg and the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers. We also engage regularly with government institutions and ministries such as the Law Commission of India, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Law & Justice and the International Telecommunications Union. We work actively to provide the executive and judiciary with useful research in the course of their decision making on issues relating to civil liberties and technology.
The work at CCG is primarily divided amongst two teams – the civil liberties team and the technology and national security team. In the past, we have also done a significant amount of work on global Internet governance. The work of our civil liberties team covers freedom of speech and expression; access, markets and public interest; and privacy, surveillance and big data. Our work in the technology and national security team aims to build a better understanding of cybersecurity issues in a manner that balances legitimate security interests with human rights concerns. Research spans the international laws applicable to cyber conflict, as well as questions relating to domestic and cross border cybercrime investigation, adjudication, and policy.
CCG has an international advisory board consisting of academic members of our international networks. This board oversees the functioning of the Centre and provides high level inputs on the work undertaken by CCG from time to time.