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National Seminar on E-Governance, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Security and Cyber Laws: Contemporary Issues & Challenges

Department of Law, North Eastern Hill University is going to organize the National Seminar on "E-Governance, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Security and Cyber Laws: Contemporary Issues & Challenges".

Date: 29th April, 2016

Background Note
Information Technology has transformed the global economy and connected people and markets in ways beyond imagination. With increasing dependency on the data centric technology, most of our live's daily activities have become complex and resolves in and around cyberspace.

Owing to the numerous benefits brought about by technological advancements, the cyberspace today is a common pool used by citizens, businesses, critical information infrastructure, military and governments. Directly or indirectly, everyone experiences the need of Information Technology for their personal as well as official transactions. This increasing dependency on cyberspace has cropped up concerns associated with understanding the potency of cyber risks.

The cyber security threats emanate from a wide variety of sources and manifest themselves in disruptive activities that target individuals, businesses, national infrastructure and Governments alike. The anonymity of cyberspace has indeed rendered all boundaries meaningless and thus facilitating the use of Information Technology for disruptive activities.

Cyber technology in form of hand held devices have today become widely accessible to majority. As internet usage continues to rise throughout the world, risks associated with cyber technology also grow. In India, a total of 9,622 cases were reported under the cyber crimes in 2014 as compared to 5,693 cases registered during the previous year (2013) which shows an increase of 69.0% over the previous year.

Cyber security is not a local issue anymore. Threats to cyber security carry significant risk for public safety, security of nation and the stability of the globally linked economy as a whole. Hence, research and development in the area of cyber security is of immense importance today and is the need of the day. Law can play a very important role in delivering effective cyber security. Thus, research must contribute and lead to further development of cyber laws and regulatory mechanisms of the country.

It is the pressing need of hour to balance the technological advancement and cyber security capability, wherein intelligentsia has to anticipate, prepare, act, and respond to the cyber risks in all strata of human life, so as to guarantee effective e-governance, e-commerce and e-communications, thus protecting cyberspace where netizen's safety and security is ensured.

In this backdrop, this National Seminar on 'E-Governance, Cyber Crimes, Cyber Security and Cyber Laws: Contemporary Issues and Challenges' aims to provide a platform for deliberations on issues crucial to cyber security to the scholars, researchers and other stakeholders working and interested in the area of cyber security laws. The object is also to familiarize students with the dynamics of cyber law with a focus on new forms of cyber crimes.

Call for Papers:
Well researched original and unpublished papers, focused on the main theme of the Seminar, are invited for presentation at the Seminar. The sub-themes of the Seminar are as follows:

  • Various forms of cyber crimes
  • Criminological explanation of cyber crimes
  • Cyber security laws and policies in India and of other countries
  • Challenges in enforcement of cyber Laws
  • Privacy concerns in cyberspace
  • Data security concerns in cyberspace
  • Issues regarding free speech on cyberspace
  • Protection of women and children on cyberspace
  • Crimes on social networking sites (social media)
  • Jurisdiction and investigation of cybercrimes
  • Cyber security concerns in e-commerce
  • E-governance and digital India
  • E-governance and cyber security concerns
  • Net-neutrality
  • Cyber terrorism and cyber warfare
  • International Cooperation in dealing with cyber crimes

The above-mentioned sub-themes are only illustrative. Participants may select the related topics covered under the main theme of the Seminar.

Guidelines for Paper Submission:
Participants who intend to present their research papers in the seminar are requested to adhere closely to the following specifications in writing their papers:

  • Author's Title & Name, University / Organization, Paper Title and Email Address to be stated clearly on the cover page of the paper.
  • Length - Approximately 6,000 words and no more than 8,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.
  • Every paper should be accompanied with an Abstract no more than 300 words.
  • Font-Size 12, Times New Roman
  • Single spacing of text throughout
  • Microsoft Word Document Format
  • Authors are requested to follow Uniform Style of Citation. Citation according to Standard Indian Legal Citation (SILC) style is encouraged. SILC can be accessed at:
  • Only one co-author is permitted.
  • Papers to be sent to by 15th April 2016 at the latest.
  • Submissions to the above mentioned email id should be made with following subject line: "Paper for NEHUCLS" [paper title].
  • Acceptance of papers will be notified by 20th April, 2016.

Registration Details:
Prior registration for seminar is compulsory. The duly filled in registration form should reach to the organizers by 22nd April, 2016 either by post or e-mail. There is no registration fee.

Travel and Accommodation
Organizers are constrained to pay TA and DA to the delegates. The organizers, however, would extend the local hospitality and food for the delegates. Accommodation will be provided only to the delegates presenting the paper on twin sharing basis at the University Guest House.

Important Dates

Submission of Full Paper with abstract

15th April, 2016

Notification of Acceptance of Paper

20th April, 2016

Deadline for Registration

22nd April, 2016

Dr. Chintamani Rout
Associate Professor & Head
Department of Law, North Eastern Hill University
Phone: 0364-2723801, +91-9436336103

Mr. Shishir Tiwari
Assistant Professor
Department of Law, North Eastern Hill University
Phone: 0364-2723811, +91-9774048166


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