Netconf 2020 edition

Netconf 2020 edition

An unconference on the technical, economic and social aspects of network engineering and infrastructure

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TERI auditorium, Bangalore, Bangalore

This event is postponed. Watch this page for updates.

Netconf has emerged from conversations that started at Rootconf 2019 edition and continued into Rootconf Pune, Hyderabad and Delhi editions subsequently.

Netconf is a platform for network engineers, ISPs, government representatives from telecom and IT departments, civil society groups, policy makers, providers of networking solutions, tech and law groups and activists, among others to discuss the technical, economic and social aspects of running networks and infrastructure, and access. See for more details about topics.

The first edition of Netconf is an unconference, where participants can propose topics, suggest speakers and session formats. The event’s agenda will be set by participants. There will be room for open sessions for participants to propose topics/ideas/sessions on the morning of the event itself.

Event details:
Date: Friday, 27 March 2020
Venue: TERI auditorium, Domlur, Bangalore
Time: 9 AM to 6:30 PM followed
Post-conference programme: reading of Michael W. Lucas’s works on tech-fiction followed by dinner.

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Entry for children at Netconf: Children of all ages are welcome at Netconf. Entry for children is free. If you are bringing child/children under age 1, mention it when filling your ticket details. This will help us to arrange facilities for care.
Participants are welcome to propose sessions and activities for engaging children at Netconf.

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Divij Joshi

Platforms, Algorithmic Governance and Privatized Censorship

Submitted Mar 2, 2020

The emergance of ‘platforms’ has been a defining element of contemporary networked societies. ‘Social Media’ platforms in particular play a critical role in shaping public spheres and redefining democratic participation in the networked sphere, through the algorithmic enforcement of privatized content censorship, filtration and other forms of content moderation practices. These practices are embedded in, and shaped by legal, social and institutional cultures.

In this brief talk, I will explore the world of algorithmic speech governance on social media platforms in light of emerging legal and political trends attempting to influence such practices, such as India’s emerging norms on intermediary liability and the European Union’s rules on automated content filtration for copyright. I argue that automated (or algorithmic) content filtration is both pervasive and inevitable, and legal frameworks must be appropriately framed towards curtailing undemocratic and harmful practices of privatized and opaque content moderation by platforms and their algorithmic systems.


  1. Introduction - Platforms and the politics of censorship in a networked society.
  2. The emergance of platform power.
  3. The perils of algorithmic content moderation.
  4. Legal frameworks and the inappropriateness of ‘intermediary liability’.
  5. Contending with platforms - public accountability of algorithmic speech governance.

Speaker bio

I am an independent legal researcher and a Mozilla Technology Policy Fellow working on ‘Artificial Intelligence’ policy in India. I have researched and written extensively about technology policy and legal issues including intellectual property rights, intermediary liability and data protection.



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Shyam Ramaswami

Port 53: The abused land of DNS tunneling by malware pirates

Malwares are common,complex and so are malware authors. The vast world of internet’s policy of knowledge sharing and product trials have given researchers and malware authors equal rights when it comes to resource access. This is led to trail of malwares over security products and even abusing some of the key network features like DNS tunneling. The talk deals about how modern day malwares operat… more

09 Mar 2020