A recent RBI circular reminds us that digital banking, welcome as it is in the overall context, does not benefit all sections of society equally.
At a decisive meeting on the future of LAWS, countries such as Pakistan and Cuba have called for a pre-emptive ban, while others like US, Germany and Russia disagree.
If things continue as they are, the internet will soon become the staging ground for a new kind of class war.
Infosys has said that the Confederation of All India Traders’ allegations are “completely inaccurate”.
Inadequate vetting of Ola and Uber drivers is as much a function of institutional failure as it is the negligence of shared economy businesses.
Instead of attempting to regulate these companies through external mechanisms, we need to ride the wave of Big Tech awareness to demand transparency and accountability.
An interview with Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org, on his legal quest to make the codes and regulations notified by the Bureau of Indian Standards available to the public for free without any payment.
The attacks are disturbing because attackers quickly infected critical infrastructure, including transportation operators, indicating it was a “well-coordinated” campaign.
India’s taxpayer has won in a war on corruption, but may well be losing an equivalent money again as a consumer, or likely, as a taxpayer.
The T.K. Viswanathan committee’s recommendations could prove to be dangerous for free speech if acted upon without resolving its flaws.
The diversity of voices and opinions on the likes of Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube is a refreshing antidote to the stultifying conformity of the big media.
The transaction will be done on a “debt-free cash-free” basis, the companies said in their joint statement. It will give Bharti an additional 40 million subscribers.
The expert committee had been constituted in 2015 after the Supreme Court struck down Section 66A of the IT Act for being used arbitrarily and hampering free speech.
Data privacy will benefit digital India, but if and when a new privacy and data protection law is enacted, the question is, how well it will be enforced.
“Labour laws are lax, there’s little effort to build a component ecosystem and logistics, and transport remains a big problem. No one seems to be investing in skilled labour that will build the phones.”
The ownership and implementation shortcomings of the digital tax network have persisted for much longer, and go much deeper, than the finance minister would care to admit.
Is the Aadhaar system as a method of unique identification better than what we had before? Will it curb corruption and fraud even if India’s bureaucratic and administrative apparatus doesn’t play ball?
This week: Putting a price on privacy, Facebook’s relationship with free will and how to regulate Big Tech.
Adversaries need to recognise that India’s cyber capabilities – and its intent to act on them – will be enough to overcome any cyber-attack or border provocation they launch.
The regulatory body should terminate interconnection usage charges completely by 2019 instead of 2020, encouraging operators to turn the new disruption into an opportunity to meet Digital India goals.
While arguments over methodologies and calculations will find its way to the courts, the telecom regulator believes that symmetry in tariffs will bring about symmetry in traffic.
For megacities, it’s time to start planning for a disrupted future.
You are the mask you wear. Your fake profile is your real profile.
India’s crowded digital payments market is expected to grow ten-fold to $500 billion by 2020.
An internal NCPI-commissioned study shows that BHIM and BHIM-Aadhaar are being weighed down by implementation and design issues in semi-urban and rural areas.
A National Security Council Secretariat-appointed committee will pick up where the UN GGE left off and study how cyber norms for India’s digital development platforms can be formulated.
To evaluate the role data plays, we need to understand if data in its modern avatar is more akin to being pey – a vampire-like evil spirit – or bhutham – a friendly ghost.
An audit of tweets, handles and hashtags the government wants Twitter to block makes it clear that official censorship is being deployed not just against terrorism but legitimate political speech as well.
Kashmiri users and activists have received official legal complaints from Twitter, warning that their online content could be acted upon in the future as well.
Fingerprints and biometrics are being captured by smartphones, Rajiv Mehrishi said, for the 40% of the population that uses them.
While Justice Kaul’s opinion identifies a ‘right to be forgotten’, India’s upcoming data protection framework needs to resolve a number of hurdles before we carve out such a right.
The court’s judgment implies that the state will have to be cautious of its activities even before it begins implementing them. Projects or initiatives that involve collection of personal data would have to take into account explicit limitations on how such information can be used.
The last 24 hours have been witness to a fundamental shift in the way our legal regime considers our routine actions. However, the battle has just begun.
The judgment will need to reinvigorate a conversation on how today’s data protection models need to be reconsidered in light of the changing dynamics of information privacy.
The regulator should encourage IP, while 2G should be phased out. Consequently, IUC should be brought down to zero at the earliest even as a transparent method is worked out to cover termination costs in the interim period.
Despite government press releases, demonetisation doesn’t appear to have spurred a substantial increase in number of new tax payers or direct tax collection.
Regardless of the Supreme Court’s final verdict, the false dichotomy between privacy and welfare must be expunged.
High courts across India have repeatedly used blocking injunctions as a blunt tool to fight piracy. But as a result, the people’s right to access the internet is being severely curtailed.
The partnership defies 20th-century notions of a public private partnership and offers a glimpse of the private sector tipping its hat to the sovereign function and prerogative in identifying and authenticating the beneficiaries of a digital service.
While the HTTPS version of the website remains unblocked, it is currently not known why the blocking order was passed.