Encryption and Symmetric Cryptography – How is data secured electronically?

Computers got popular mostly as a mode of storage and communication. And as the relevance of computers grew in everyday life there arose the need to secure stored data. Encryption is not the creation or function of the internet or of computers. Encryption...

/ February 8, 2017

What is digital fingerprint and hashing? And how is it generated?

To start with digital fingerprints or hashing you need to understand what is a fingerprint and what is digital (no kidding).   What is a fingerprint? Normally a fingerprint in biology and biometrics is the unique pattern of whorls and...

/ February 6, 2017

What is Phishing or Spoofing? Affixing legal liability through Indian Laws

Internet developed rapidly leaving little or no scope for its terminologies to develop. Most internet terms and phrases are English loanwords most analogous to the concept being described. Phishing as a concept is analogous to fishing where predators wait for unsuspecting...

/ February 4, 2017

What is digital information and how does the computer work? For a lawyer

The entire gamut of Indian Technology Law contains references to “digital information”, “digital signatures”, “cryptography”, “public key”, “private key”, etc. And without clarity at the origin it gets much difficult at later stages to understand more technical and quirkier concepts...

/ February 3, 2017

Denial of Service (DoS) attack and relevant Indian Laws

What is a DoS (Denial of Service) attack? And how is it committed? To understand DoS, you will need to have an idea of what is the Service being provided, how someone can deny it to you, and how it can be...

/ January 31, 2017

Software and Mathematical Algorithms: Is Mathematics discovered or invented?

In the early 1990s the U.S. Patent Office issued several patents that reawakened interest in the patentability of “pure” algorithms. The first, U.S. Patent No. 4,744,028, issued to one Dr. Karmarkar and was assigned to AT&T Bell Labs. This patent...

/ January 29, 2017

Digital Currency Regulator: the need to be set up in India

A lot of interesting concepts were discussed at the Global Technology Summit held recently in December 2016. It had been organised by the Indian Chapter of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which is Carnegie India. The Global Technology Summit is...

/ January 27, 2017