The growing criminal activities and complexities marking the cyberspace gave rise to the fascinating combination of technology and law. The cyber lawyers are the new age cyber warriors fighting to protect the domain from the legal end.
One such warrior who has established herself at the forefront when it comes to protecting the laws of the cyber space is Dr. Karnika Seth, Owner, Seth Associates Advocates & Legal Consultants, a leading Indian law firm.
A cyberlawyer par excellence, Dr. Seth has been advocating the cause of net neutrality and pushing for greater openness, fairness and equal access to internet. She has been actively voicing the need for India to sign a Cybercrime convention and strengthen its law enforcement to combat cybercrimes.
However, one cause that Dr. Seth is particularly passionate about and has been diligently pursuing throughout her career span is online safety, especially of women and children. She has been on the expert panel of UNICEF working on online safety and authored the guide book – Protection of Children on Internet. Her philanthropic organization, Foundation For Institutional Reform & Education, helps promote cyber awareness and works towards empowering women and children in India.
A practicing advocate in the Supreme Court of India, Dr. Seth is one of India’s leading experts on cyber laws and Intellectual Property (IP) laws. A principal legal advisor to many multinational groups and government entities, she has been instrumental in resolving some of the complex cybercrime cases in conjunction with the law enforcement authorities in India and has been representing clients in litigation matters before various forums.
Dr. Seth is an accomplished author and policy maker, and contributes to various working group consultations aimed at designing policies for emerging technologies. She is also associated with various industry bodies, including NASSCOM, DSCI, ASSOCHAM and is highly recommended as a law enforcement and corporate educator on cyberlaws.
Her exemplary contributions in the field of cyberlaw has won her several accolades, including the National Gaurav Award. She was also conferred the Digital Empowerment Award and the Law Day Award from the Chief Justice of India for her book ‘Protection of Children on Internet’. She also received the Law Day Award for her book ‘Computers, Internet & New Technology Laws’.
Dr. Seth is Associate Member of AEA International, Bar Council of Delhi, India, FICCI, Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce & other Chambers. She is also the Chairperson of the Cyber laws Consulting Centre, world’s first cyber consultancy organisation and is an empanelled advisor to the office of Controller of Certifying Authorities, Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India and National Internet Exchange of India.