Virtual Exhibition on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property launched by WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched an immersive online exhibition using the 360-degree scanning technology to foster a more-comprehensive understanding of the relationship between IP policy and AI and the questions facing policymakers.

The exhibition focuses on examples of use of AI in art, music, technology and entertainment. The exhibits include art created by humanoid robotic artist Ai-Da, a song that won an international AI Song Contest and a game that helps a neural network recognize doodles.

The exhibition can be accessed at – https://wipo360.azurewebsites.net/.

Public Interest Registry launches new appeal mechanism

The Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for .org domain names, has developed an Appeals Process for suspensions of domain names under its Anti-Abuse Policy. This is part of PIR’s mission to serve as an exemplary registry and as a model for registry operator behaviour. The relevant details about the appeal process can be found at – https://thenew.org/org-people/about-pir/resources/anti-abuse-policy-appeals-process/.

TRAI releases recommendations for Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released recommendations on ‘Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) Communication Services’. The recommendations include:

1. Presently, there is no need to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the extant laws and regulations prescribed presently.

2. Market forces may be allowed to respond to the situation without prescribing any regulatory intervention. However, developments shall be monitored, and intervention as felt necessary shall be done at appropriate time.

3. Regulatory interventions are presently not required in respect of issues related with privacy and security of OTT services.

The press release can be accessed at – https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/PR_No.69of2020.pdf and the recommendations at – https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/Recommendation_14092020_0.pdf.

TRAI releases recommendations on cloud services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released recommendations on ‘Cloud Services’. The recommendations include:

1. Initiating a regulatory framework by setting up an industry body through a three-step process i.e. enrolment of CSPs (Cloud Service Providers) operating in India; formation of an ad hoc body to frame broad rules, organizational structure, election procedure, etc.; and the election of office bearers to take over functioning of the industry body.

2. Scope of Cloud Service Providers, initially, to be limited to cloud service providers of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) who are providing services in India.

The press release can be accessed at – https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/PR_No.70of2020.pdf and the recommendations at – https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/Recommendations_CS_14092020_0.pdf.

Draft of Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture published for comments [Deadline: November 30, 2020]

The NITI Aayog has released a draft of the Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA) for comments. DEPA seeks to provide a foundation for orchestrating a paradigm shift to empower individuals with their data through three key building blocks: enabling regulations, cutting edge technology standards, and new types of public and private organisations with incentives closely aligned to those of individuals. The architecture is designed as an evolvable and agile framework for good data governance, given the rapid pace of change in this arena.

The deadline for submission of comments is November 30, 2020.

The draft can be accessed at – http://niti.gov.in/sites/default/files/2020-09/DEPA-Book_0.pdf.

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