Even as the Modi government pushes India towards a digital and cashless economy, the premier body for legally resolving cyber-fraud disputes is a practically non-functioning entity.
Digital payments are largely one-sided click-wrap agreements that come with an absence of data and legal protection.
What do the hackers behind the Rahul Gandhi, Mallya and NDTV account breaches want? Are they all part of the same group? How did this happen? Why did this happen? The Wire breaks it down.
By embodying killers, we risk making violence more tantalising, training ourselves in cruelty and normalising aggression.
As we hurtle towards being an Aadhaar nation, it is imperative that a legal framework, to protect our cherished rights to security and life, is created.
While January – March 2017 will be a voluntary trial phase, Aadhaar verification will be mandatory for senior citizen discounts from next April.
But there is no evidence of the government rushing to take remedial action against Reliance, or other big corporate offenders who appear to have turned the prime minister into a prop for their commercial advertising.
The three month extension of free data is Jio’s way of dealing with abundant quality of service issues, a failing hardware strategy and second SIM syndrome.
The police said they were trying to locate the suspect by tracking the IP address used to break into the official account of the Congress leader.
The Madhya Pradesh police have shown undue alacrity in acting against social media critics of the BJP.
A new report from the Software Freedom Law Centre highlights the different kinds of harassment faced online and makes recommendations on how this could be curbed at the user and online intermediary level.
The content we consume on social media is filtered to lull us into a reassuring bubble that reinforces our own politics. But we can choose to burst them.
Even if fake articles could be curbed and filtered news modified, there’s something built into Facebook’s anatomy that foments partisan rage.
The company’s series B funding has come from the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer. How will Ather deliver what their investors themselves have not delivered?
A study by the ONE organisation found that 18% of men in the 48 least developed nations are online versus 12.5% of women, with a gender gap of 30%.
From geospatial bills to the digital Indic language movement, India is struggling to practice the multistakeholderism it preaches and supports at global Internet governance forums, including this week’s ICANN 57 meeting in Hyderabad.
The developing world is waking up to the internet. We need to know how new generations of children use it.
To achieve concrete policy objectives, however, Indian bureaucrats and civil society representatives will need to engage more closely with and work their way into various Internet governance body mechanisms.
India lost Rs 6,485 crore in 2015-16 due to internet shutdowns which are done to prevent unrest in the country.
The telecom regulator slaps a Rs, 3050 crore fine on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea while accusing them of stifling competition and engaging in anti-consumer behaviour.
How big was the breach? Are ATMs still affected? What type of data was stolen? Poor regulation and insufficient information-sharing within the banking industry has left the general public in the dark.
As IT firms prepare for their potentially worst financial quarter in almost a decade, the controversies that Infosys, TCS and Cognizant are undergoing also emphasise the difficulties in turning around legacy business models.
If it is to do so, we need to put ordinary people back at the centre as the drivers and recipients of economic change.
Not only is the Indian legal framework not equipped to deal with potential privacy violations arising from ever-present CCTVs, we also don’t know if it will actually reduce crime.
With TRAI siding with Reliance Jio over the points of interconnect issue, incumbent telecom operators will have to prove they didn’t violate terms of their licence agreement.
On October 7, the Supreme Court will begin to hear long-pending petitions that deal with a number of issues surrounding the biometric authentication system.
The court also essentially reaffirms that the Aadhaar scheme is completely voluntary, until it eventually decides one way or the other.
From mandatory disclosures to improving CERT-IN’s functioning and transparency, there is much to be done in the event of future cyber attacks.
If Jio’s cutthroat disruption eventually leads to the dominance of just one or two players, it may not be good for consumers in the longer run.
The image, which was of a naked girl fleeing from a napalm attack, was also deleted from Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s own Facebook profile.
All stakeholders – the government, the regulator and India’s telecom operators – need to remember that the interests of the consumer need to be placed above all else.
The need and applicability for AI is more urgent in the remotest areas of the country than in the heart of the capital. Because it is in these remotest areas that the traditional governance systems are totally broken.
Multiple political and advertisement industry stakeholders emphasised that it was highly unlikely that this brand campaign would have occurred without prior intimation on the part of Reliance.
While the Aadhaar project is economically beneficial for the government, it is possible that its initially stated goals could have been achieved with cheaper and less intrusive technologies.
As Ambani channels his inner Steve Jobs and looks to shake-up Internet connectivity, the bloodbath that will follow needs to be monitored to ensure that the industry’s competitiveness and viability remains intact.
Pokemon Go collects a lot of sensitive data. And its CEO John Hanke was embroiled in the so-called Wi-Spy scandal, a global snooping incident at Google.
One could call the potential removal of termination charges an underhanded move by TRAI. This begets the question, should the telecom regulator and not market forces incentivise the adoption of Internet telephony?
Recognising cryptocurrencies and the transactions emanating from it will be a long drawn out and confusing process. But it will be a risk worth taking.
The telecom industry lobby characterises the telecom regulator’s recent interventions as a step which will harm the roll-out of Digital India.
Reliance Jio clearly wants to disrupt the market. But the question is whether such disruption will happen in a fair manner where no special advantage accrues to any one player.