National Seminar on “Cyberspace or Duperspace for Online Consumers” on October 10, 2014
With an objective to protect and safeguard the online consumers from the unethical duping tactics of the Online Vendors, a national seminar on “Cyberspace or Duperspace for Online Consumers” was organized on October 10, 2014 at IMS-Campus by IMS Law College, Noida in association with School of Information Technology, IMS-Noida.
The inaugural session commenced with ceremonial lamp lighting followed by conventional musical invocation of the Goddess of learning.
Following a brief yet impressive address by Dean Academics Dr Pawan Gupta to extend hearty welcome to all the dignitaries and delegates, Mr Alok Agrawal, Advisor IMS rolled out the concept note and also presented the vivisection of the emerging issues of e-commerce – the subject for holding the seminar.
Thereafter present on the occasion as a guest of honour, Dr Rajendra Prabhu, Sr. Correspondent, Hindustan Times informed the house that there are various challenges emerging in the digital age. Quoting a very popular saying that everybody talks of trees but forests are neglected. The e-commerce is not the one and only the subject to be deliberated upon, also equally important are other allied subjects which also need to be focused upon.
Then, Dr. B.K. Murthy (Executive Director - CDAC, Noida), during the course of his interaction with the august gathering, stressed on the ethics to be practiced by the online vendors to sustain and survive longer otherwise their days are numbered.
Thereafter, the Chief Guest of the seminar Mr. Rakshit Tandon (Director - A&R Info Security Solutions Pvt. Ltd), in a fun and entertainment packed but practical manner, brought to the house the grey and vulnerable areas wherein theonline consumers are easily trapped and victimized. He also presented the case studies on how unethical hackers take undue advantage of consumer’s credulity. He advised the audience that they should be circumspect and alert enough, equipped with fair amount of information on the URLs, when visit the websites with which they transact the business. Cautioning the house, he displayed various other cases and informed the gathering that online dupers are creating correspondingly similar looking pages to exploit the gullible and credulous consumers. If you enter your bank account details such hackers dupe you in a fraction of second. Therefore, consumers must take precautions since the available consumer grievance remedial mechanism and law enforcement machinery in India are not having sharp teeth to hook such unethical dupers. This session ended with a vote of thanks.
In other sessions, more than 50 participants vigorously presented their research papers on the various dimensions of the issues, challenges and suggested certain effective remedies to provide the online consumers with hassle free shopping experience.
One of the participants suggested that Buddist principles, if spread out and inculcated through social sites, can bring about a slow but steady change in the mindsets of the dupers. The session also aimed to bring out the best papers to publish them in the THEMIS-IMS Law College Journal. Dr Niti Sinha (HoDLaw), Dr Manju Gupta (HoD-Law), Dr R.C. Tripathi (Professor, IT), Ms Anjum Hassan (Law faculty ) and Mr Govind Prasad Goyal (Law faculty) chaired the session and evaluated the best papers.
The valedictory session was conducted by Dr Pawan Gupta , Dean Academics who presented the gist of the seminar and suggested that the precaution is better than cure. He shared that though we have cyber crime handling machinery to protect the interest of the online consumers, yet one must not give any chance to the dupers to make misuse of it. Later, he expressed confidence that the thought-provoking seminar deliberations would give a spark to generate more awareness which would in turn effect conducive and congenial crime free cyber world environment.
The event came to an end with the distribution of certificates to the paper presenters and tokens appreciation to Mr Govind Prasad Goyal, Ms Pooja Jueja, Ms Anjum Hassan, Ms Priti Rajwansi, Ms Neha Singh and Mr Amit Kushwaha who organized the seminar under the able guidance of Dr Niti Sinha (HoD-Law) and Dr Manju Gupta (HoD-IT).