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.
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.
The best way to protect a presidential device is to keep it off the internet altogether. If that’s not going to happen, how else can it be kept safe?
The consultation process surrounding the new license failed to help protect accountability, privacy and user rights.
While the president’s office has been quick to clamp down on any unauthorised usage of images, the prime minister’s office has stonewalled RTIs while refusing to take remedial action against Reliance Jio or Paytm.
Notifications for the MGNREGA and EPS programmes show the effect of new UIDAI regulations and how mandatory requirements are carefully couched so as to not openly violate the Supreme Court’s order.
The telecom regulator seeks to resolve the remaining aspects of net neutrality, namely speed and access.
India clearly lacks the adequate infrastructure required for becoming a cashless system. Among BRICS nations, in this regard, it is a laggard.
2017 will need to see less of the carrot and more of the stick in order to persuade India’s institutions to prepare against an ever-increasing number of cyber security threats.
Proactive compliance and regulatory engagement will bring distinct advantages and not hamper the growth of financial technology platforms.
Though a recent high court judgment said administrators are not to be held liable, it cannot be seen as conclusive judicial determination on the issue.
In the book I am a Troll, Sadhavi Khosla has said BJP IT cell head Arvind Gupta sent directions to volunteers on what to post, including attacks on journalists and politicians.
Doctored videos, false news and WhatsApp hoaxes. India has it all and cannot afford to be silent during a debate on how best to fix fake news.
India hosting the GCCS next year is a chance to consolidate its leadership in foreign policy frontiers like cyber and climate change, where the international regime is not yet on firm ground.
The Modi government is looking to tap into the sporting nature of most Indians, yet refuses to legalise the larger betting and lottery industry.
While both leaders have helped create a spectre of interactive political communication that shields the politician from any real accountability, Trump has turned immaturity into a political doctrine.
The telecom regulator also takes aim at India’s Universal Service Obligation Fund and says it should be tapped for providing free 100 MB to rural Internet users.
At stake is the eventual legal status of weapons that are activated without direct human intervention.
Self-censorship by Amazon comes at a time when the company is worrying about regulatory and legal obstacles on the e-commerce front in India and when our political atmosphere is going through a particularly prickly phase.
What are the technical, legal and jurisdictional issues around the recent Twitter and email hacks claimed by the ‘Legion Crew’, and what can targeted entities do to better protect themselves?
India falls well short of the pre-requisites needed to become a digital economy.