Our Founding directors instituted FIRE with the clear vision of revolutionizing cybersafety awareness in the country. As practicing lawyers for over two decades and founders of an established law firm, Seth Associates, they set up FIRE as a social initiative which has cyber empowered more than 2 million stakeholders in the country, including children,parents, teachers, and law enforcement.
Knowledge grows by sharing and is the best contribution to bring progress in our society. FIRE is a manifestation of their intent and zeal to do something good for ‘beyond ourselves’. Our volunteers and supporters truly share the same vision as we ignite the fire within to spread the light of knowledge.
Dr. Karnika Seth is an internationally renowned cyberlaw expert, a prolific Author, Policy maker & a practicing lawyer before the Supreme court of India. She is the Founding Partner at Seth Associates, an established law firm in India. She founded FIRE to institutionalise cyber and legal awareness programs as she has been an official trainer on cyberlaws to 150+educational institutions, law enforcement academies and professional institutions in India for the past two decades.
She is the only law practitioner with a Ph.D in online safety of children and is part of the expert panel of UNICEF working on children safety in cyberspace. She actively associates with International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), NASSCOM, UNESCO and the International Justice Mission in its cyberawareness activities in India. She is empanelled as legal expert to advise National Internet Exchange of India and represents the Office of Comptroller of Certifying Authorities, Ministry of Information Technology & regularly contributes her views on the subject in Industry forums, conferences, print & electronic media and television. Her recommendations have been sought by the parliament and Ministries of Home, Women and Child welfare & Information Technology from time to time.
She has imparted cybersafety workshops to more than 2 million students in schools across India on safe surfing, Information Technology Act, 2000 and remedies against cybercrime. She is an excellent interactive trainer and advises schools on developing cybersafety policies and practices. Cyberlaw awareness programs have been conducted by her in reputed educational institutions across 15 Indian states,including Delhi University, IIM, Birla Schools, Delhi Public School, Airforce Bal Bharti, Shivnadar School, Amity University, GNLU, ITS Colleges, National Law School University, Indian Law Institute, National Institute of Financial Management amongst others. Cyber awareness workshops have been conducted in law enforcement academies, including the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and National Police Academy, Hyderabad, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, Bureau of Police Research & Development,Indian Airforce and Army & IAS, IRS officers.
In 2019 Dr. Seth received the Eminent CIO of India Award from the VARINDIA group. She was awarded the National Gaurav Award for exemplary contribution to the field of cyberlaws in 2017, the Law Day Award in 2018, 2015, 2012 from the Chief Justice of India for her various writing contributions to the field of cyberlaws. She is the awardee of the Digital Empowerment Award for the year 2015 presented at the Digital India conclave organised by Government of India and BIF.
She authored the e-filing manual for the E-committee of Supreme Court of India for its e-courts project that has revolutionized e-filing process across 18000 + courts in India. Her guidebook titled Protection Of children on the Internet is being extensively read & referred by Schools across India. On request of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, she authored a legal toolkit for law enforcement officers, Child victims of cybercrime to guide investigators across country. In 2012, she authored a comprehensive book Computers, Internet & New Technology laws published by Lexis nexis which is referred and relied by law enforcement officials and reputed Universities offering courses in law.
She graduated in Bachelor of law from Faculty of Delhi, University of Delhi and Masters in Law from Kings College, University of London. She attained her doctorate degree in cyberlaw (Ph.D.) from NIU in 2017.
Co Founder of FIRE, Mr. Amit Seth specializes in handling General civil litigation, Matrimonial and family law issues and real estate laws for over 18 years before Indian courts. His expertise lies in understanding the legal issues touching lives of different sections of our society, including women, children and legal issues in general relating to property, adoption, marriage, divorce, child custody, domestic violence, dowry, maintenance, child labour, amongst other myriad legal issues. He adopts a mediation approach to discuss & resolve complex legal matters and encourages out of court dispute resolution. He believes that Imparting legal awareness simplifies decision making process and brings forth legal solutions to common legal problems. He acts as legal advisor on legal issues related to Human Resource, Family law,Healthcare, Debt recovery, Real Estate and Education sector.