So far, erratic and anecdotal research has informed the Aadhar debate. As a result, a number of concerns have remained insufficiently analysed.
An unbanked population of an estimated 140 million, rising cyber security threats, and a cash-dependent informal economy pose challenges to Narendra Modi’s Cashless India.
The slow demise of Wikipedia Zero on the subcontinent deserves greater attention from policy makers and public alike.
Directors of the banks may review the telecom sector latest by June 30, 2017
Crucial events over the last month, which will decide the fate of the beleaguered $16-billion mining project, have sparked a surprising amount of pro-Adani tweets.
The sad fact is that there are severe institutional capacity challenges within government departments that handle systems with sensitive data.
New offer comes less than a week after India’s telecom regulator “advised” the Mukesh Ambani-backed company to drop its Summer Surprise free data offer.
Journalist Rana Ayyub posted screenshots of abusive private messages with sexual overtones sent to her by Bincylal Balachandran.
The attempt started after a bank employee opened up an email attachment that appeared to come from the RBI but actually contained malware.
The government mapping agency wants to restrict its digital open series maps to Indian citizens by using Aadhaar authentication. But Aadhaar isn’t proof of citizenship.
Focusing solely on getting rid of Aadhaar, or destroying it, is a waste of powder. The underlying issues of online privacy and civil liberties will still remain.
Jio says it will accept the telecom regulator’s advice and will discontinue the complimentary benefits given under the ‘Summer Surprise’ offer. However, users who have already signed up will continue to enjoy free data for next three months.
There’s a thin line between ushering in a new, digital telecom revolution and taking decisions that favour one particular player.
The Mukesh Ambani-led telecom company recently announced plans that came bundled with another three months of free data and voice
If Chief Justice Khehar fails to intervene, the court will allow corporations to monetise and claim property rights over the data of India’s citizens in a way that they cannot do in markets such as the European Union.
While the manner in which authorities have reacted to the cricketer’s issue is commendable, similar attention needs to be paid to other, less prominent breaches of privacy.
A simple Google search shows that the personal information, including Aadhaar numbers and bank account details, has simply not been secured properly.
What if their grievances could be addressed under the Consumer Protection Act and the new Consumer Protection Bill?
The combined Vodafone-Idea group will be India’s largest telecom operation with almost 400 million customers, or 35% market share.
The costs that Ola and Uber inflict on the financial and physical health of their driver-owners, road space and safety and city transport infrastructure are too significant to be left to Silicon Valley-based venture capitalists.
An unprotected, publicly accessible API endpoint leaks everything from phone numbers to home addresses.
Post demonetisation, the government has been focusing on increasing digital payments and even incentivising people to move away from cash payments.
Pathankot pushed things into motion and the home ministry made things worse by adopting a blinkered approach that didn’t take the views of other government departments on board.
While online taxi companies may simply be reproducing old exploitative structures, the question that seems to have been forgotten is: What kind of public and private transportation system does India want?
J.S. Deepak’s transfer may have been prompted by his conflict with Reliance Jio and TRAI and reflects poorly on an already controversial, crony capitalism-prone sector.
Why was the Delhi police and not a national investigation agency roped in to probe what may be the first publicly-known misuse of biometrics by an authorised agency?
From Paytm to UID – from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to leading insurance and telecom companies – India Inc and the government are prone to poor design choices and sloppy programming.
Partha Pratim Boruah used Facebook Live to document police highhandedness on February 12, following which he was arrested on February 14.
The explosion of monetary incentives and subsidies triggered a gold rush. With that coming to an end, are Uber and Ola simply reproducing old exploited and informal labour markets?
Despite repeated reminders from courts that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory, government violations continue.
The Modi government seems rightly intent on building foundational digital infrastructure. This push must be backed by a solid cyber-defence strategy.
A golden median between an ex-ante and ex-post approach is possible to achieve, if flexibility is at the core of TRAI’s regulatory ethos.
Computer emergency response teams are looking into the incident, an official said.
If the government is serious about backing disruptive technologies and finding indigenous applications, it needs to start encouraging disruptive and indigenous policy-making too.
India Gears Up to Defend its Internet Rights Regime as it Fully Operationalises Mass Surveillance Project
New topics in India’s draft UPR report include a section on state control of the Internet, with a reference to the Centralised Monitoring system.
In what poses more scope for worry, the company said the amount of data exfiltrated is “unascertainable due to secure deletion by the malware”.
The Centre and state governments can now specify which industrial units which will have to pay wages only through cheques or bank transfer.
With the implementation of central criminal tracking databases going slow, the Telangana police is effectively building its own StateGRID without any major cyber security or privacy protections.
There is a new arms race taking shape, centred around three interconnected technologies: autonomous weapons; swarms; and cyber-warfare.
We will have to implement truth and nonviolence in vastly different ways than how Gandhians did a century ago.