Sajjad AThe draft of the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill was published on May 4, 2016. This bill controls acquisition, dissemination, publication and distribution in and outside India. The bill is inviting response until June 4, 2016.
Here's the note:
Request for comments / suggestions on draft “The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016” To regulate the acquisition, dissemination, publication and distribution of geospatial information of India which is likely to affect the security, sovereignty and integrity of India, a draft “The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016” has been prepared. Copy of the draft “The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016” is attached herewith for comments/suggestions. The comments/suggestions on the draft Bill may be forwarded to the Joint Secretary (Internal Security-I), Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi at email id: firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days.
Date: 04th May, 2016
This bill affects individuals and businesses who use geospatial data for service delivery in India.
I do not support the current draft of the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016 for the following reasons:
Under this current draft, without a license and vetting of data, I will not be able to do many things, which I do in my day to day life, such as:
I will not be able to geotag photos that I take, and share them with my friends.
I will not be able to geotag my social media posts.
I will not be able to record my daily running, cycling, walking or driving activity with smartphone apps.
I will not be able to share my location with my friends and others via smartphone apps like Whatsapp, food delivery apps, transport apps etc.
I will not be able to use safety apps to share my location, which is a dangerous thing, given the issue of child & women’s safety.
I will not be able to have a simple diagram showing the location on my sister's wedding card.
This current draft will dissuade a strong ecosystem of innovation. Please reconsider this current draft in favour of a regulation policy that will encourage all Indians who need and use geospatial data in everyday lives and who work every day to create businesses that serve India.
Under this bill, you are also including the acquisition of GeoSpatial Data, as well dissemination of the data itself, as well as any Visualization based on that Data.
Srikanth LUnder this Bill, without a license and vetting of data, I will not be able to do many things, which I do in my day to day life, such as:
I will not be able to take GeoTagged Photos, and share them with my friends.
I will not be able to geo-tag my social media posts.
I will not be able to record my daily jogs with smartphone apps.
I will not be able to share my location with my friends and others via smartphone apps like Whatsapp, Food Delivery Apps, Transport Apps etc.
I will not be able to use Safety apps to share my location, which is a dangerous thing, given the issue of Child & Women’s Safety.
I will not be able to have a simple diagram showing the location on my Sister's wedding card.
Many of us are deeply concerned with the wording of the bill and the quantum of penalties which have been included in the bill for infractions. Due the wide scope of the bill, even a child drawing an incorrect map of India for school will be liable for a Rs 100 Crore fine.
The licensing scheme will take us back to the Licence Raj of yesteryear and is very troubling.This proposed Geospatial Bill will set a dangerous precedent in the sphere of policy making in the Internet era.
I humbly request you to withdraw this bill, and go back to the drawing board and have a consultation process with all stakeholders from the Government, Private players, GIS Experts, IT experts, Academics as well as Civil Society. I’m sure we can then come up with a Reasonable bill, which can utilize the power of GeoSpatial Data to drive India’s Development while maintaining India’s Security concerns at the same time.
Define a clear objective: Seek a comprehensive amendment (i.e., restricting the bill to depictions of high-security areas, and, perhaps, of national boundaries), and not a complete withdrawal of the bill. Request for more a consultative process.
Please correct me if i'm wrong in my intepretation. The term "value addition" also makes illegal any use of GIS data towards drawing inferences for policy making, mapping areas for social and technological projects by any organisation apart from government bodies.
In this context, DataMeet Delhi in conjunction with Mapbox is holding a series of OSM mapping parties, with the common theme being Disaster Risk Reduction in the Indian Himalayas. DRR is a set of processes by which infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of future disasters are put in place in the present.
On July 4th, we'll be mapping the state of Uttarakhand; in 2013, disastrous floods hit the state, and these may reoccur at any time in the future. In addition, Uttarakhand has a high probability of being hit by a severe earthquake in the next 50 years (media report?). Mapping the state thoroughly will thus help in the event of a disaster. In subsequent sessions, we'll map the states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, and the country of Bhutan.
With regards to the type of mapping, again, from the experience of mapping Nepal post-earthquake, what's required is to map roads and building in urban areas, and the roads to buildings in rural areas. That will be the focus of this series of mapping parties as well.