The Pervasive Technologies Project

Digital Asia Hub and the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) co-hosted a team from the Center for Internet and Society(CIS), Bangalore, on February 23, 2017 at JMSC, HKU, to share insights from their Pervasive Technologies Project.

The Pervasive Technologies project is a 3 year old research collaboration between the Centre for Internet and Society in India and Beijing Normal University Institute for Internet Policy & Law (IIPL) in China. The project seeks to understand the hardware, software and content of sub-100$ mobile phones from the perspective of copyright, patent, intermediary liability and competition law.

The team from CIS, led by Sunil Abraham, Director, CIS, delivered the following presentations during the event:

  • Music going mobile: Business models and copyright management in India by Amba Kak and Maggie Huang
  • Intellectual property in mobile application development in India by Anubha Sinha
  • Patent landscaping in the Indian mobile device market place by Rohini Lakshane
  • Competition law and standard essential patents [SEPs] by Vidushi Marda.


This event was the first of a new networking initiative between Digital Asia Hub and UNU-CS aimed at fostering engagement and knowledge sharing at the intersection of technology, society, law, policy and international development. To stay informed of upcoming events subscribe to our newsletter.

About the Digital Asia Hub

The Digital Asia Hub is an independent, non-profit Internet and society research think tank based in Hong Kong. Incubated by The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a diverse group of academic, civil society, and private sector partners, the Hub provides a non-partisan, open, and collaborative platform for research, knowledge sharing and capacity building related to Internet and Society issues with focus on digital Asia. The Hub also aims to strengthen effective multi-stakeholder discourse, with both local and regional activities, and will contribute to – and itself serve as a node of – a larger network of academic organizations: the Global Network of Internet & Society Centers (the “NoC”).

About the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society 

The United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) is a new research institute at the intersections of information and communication technologies and international development (ICTD) focusing on the key challenges faced by developing societies through high-impact innovations in computing and communication technologies. UNU-CS is nurturing three inaugural ICTD research Labs: the Digital Peace Lab, the Gender Tech Lab and the Small Data Lab.

If you are interested in collaborating with Digital Asia Hub to host an event, or inviting its Executive Director as a speaker, please email Julianne Chan.