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Delhi won’t stand tall with 100-storey building

The proposed tallest 100-storey building of the country planned to come up in Delhi that includes residential and commercial space will now be reduced to 60-65 floors. This was after security concerns were raised by the Hindon Airbase and the Indira Gandhi International Airport. A Delhi Development Authority project under Transit Oriented Development (TOD) was announced in 2015 in East Delhi’s Karkardooma area. The 100-storey building was part of the 4,500 flats project spread over 75 acres.

The Delhi Development Authority in 2015 had announced the East Delhi hub based on TOD to ensure development in high density areas. This was aimed towards increasing connectivity to a mass rapid transport mode and offering pedestrian and cycle-friendly environments. There are approximately 91 buildings in the country at 125 meters or above, 71 of these are in Mumbai alone.

Currently, the tallest building of the country is in Mumbai, which stands tall at 254 meters and 60 storeys. Meanwhile, Delhi’s tallest building is the Civic Centre which is the headquarters of two out of three municipal corporations in the national capital. The building is 28-storeys high and stands tall at 112 meters.

After completion, the tower would have been the country’s tallest building with 4,800 flats, 80,000 sqm of retail space, a five-acre park, apart from sculptures, laser park, and a circular skywalk. Other towers within the complex would have had 10-30 storeys. However, the officials say that the building plan will now undergo changes, including the commercial angles.

“The project at Karkardooma involved development of 75 acres of land in east Delhi between two Metro lines. The project was to be built by National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), with a total expected cost of Rs 4,500 crore,” said a DDA official.

“There is an entire chapter on TOD in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 which proposes corridors on the Chattarpur to Arjangarh Metro stations, Peeragarhi to Teekri Kalan Metro stations, Dwarka Mor to Dwarka Sector 21 Metro stations and Nehru Place to Badarpur stations,” said the official.

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A simple solution to end the encryption debate

Criminals and terrorists, like millions of others, rely on smartphone encryption to protect the information on their mobile devices. But unlike most of us, the data on their phones could endanger lives and pose a great threat to national security.

The challenge for law enforcement, and for us as a society, is how to reconcile the advantages of gaining access to the plans of dangerous individuals with the cost of opening a door to the lives of everyone else. It is the modern manifestation of the age-old conflict between privacy versus security, playing out in our pockets and palms.

One-size-fits all technological solutions, like a manufacturer-built universal backdoor tool for smartphones, likely create more dangers than they prevent. While no solution will be perfect, the best ways to square data access with security concerns require a more nuanced approach that rely on non-technological procedures.

The FBI has increasingly pressed the case that criminals and terrorists use smartphone security measures to avoid detection and investigation, arguing for a technological, cryptographic solution to stop these bad actors from “going dark.” In fact, there are recent reports that the Executive Branch is engaged in discussions to compel manufacturers to build technological tools so law enforcement can read otherwise-encrypted data on smartphones.

But the FBI is also tasked with protecting our nation against cyber threats. Encryption has a critical role in protecting our digital systems against compromises by hackers and thieves. And of course, a centralized data access tool would be a prime target for hackers and criminals. As recent events prove – from the 2016 elections to the recent ransomware attack against government computers in Atlanta – the problem will likely only become worse. Anything that weakens our cyber defenses will only make it more challenging for authorities to balance these “dual mandates” of cybersecurity and law enforcement access.

There is also the problem of internal threats: when they have access to customer data, service providers themselves can misuse or sell it without permission. Once someone’s data is out of their control, they have very limited means to protect it against exploitation. The current, growing scandal around the data harvesting practices on social networking platforms illustrates this risk. Indeed, our company Symphony Communications, a strongly encrypted messaging platform, was formed in the wake of a data misuse scandal by a service provider in the financial services sector.

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So how do we help law enforcement without making data privacy even thornier than it already is? A potential solution is through a non-technological method, sensitive to the needs of all parties involved, that can sometimes solve the tension between government access and data protection while preventing abuse by service providers.

Agreements between some of our clients and the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYSDFS”), proved popular enough that FBI Director Wray recently pointed to them as a model of “responsible encryption” that solves the problem of “going dark” without compromising robust encryption critical to our nation’s business infrastructure.

The solution requires storage of encryption keys — the codes needed to decrypt data — with third party custodians. Those custodians would not keep these client’s encryption keys. Rather, they give the access tool to clients, and then clients can choose how to use it and to whom they wish to give access. A core component of strong digital security is that a service provider should not have access to client’s unencrypted data nor control over a client’s encryption keys.

The distinction is crucial. This solution is not technological, like backdoor access built by manufacturers or service providers, but a human solution built around customer control.  Such arrangements provide robust protection from criminals hacking the service, but they also prevent customer data harvesting by service providers.

Where clients choose their own custodians, they may subject those custodians to their own, rigorous security requirements. The clients can even split their encryption keys into multiple pieces distributed over different third parties, so that no one custodian can access a client’s data without the cooperation of the others.

This solution protects against hacking and espionage while safeguarding against the misuse of customer content by the service provider. But it is not a model that supports service provider or manufacturer built back doors; our approach keeps the encryption key control in clients’ hands, not ours or the government’s.

A custodial mechanism that utilizes customer-selected third parties is not the answer to every part of the cybersecurity and privacy dilemma. Indeed, it is hard to imagine that this dilemma will submit to a single solution, especially a purely technological one. Our experience shows that reasonable, effective solutions can exist. Technological features are core to such solutions, but just as critical are non-technological considerations. Advancing purely technical answers – no matter how inventive – without working through the checks, balances and risks of implementation would be a mistake.

News Source = techcrunch.com

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