The US State Department and the UN are spending big bucks to support the internet as a boon for democracy. But new research shows just providing access isn’t enough.
The gameplay of Pokémon Go recognises a wide array of art forms, including street art – both commissioned murals and illegal graffiti.
Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body issued a fatwa in 2001 that declared the Pokemon game franchise un-Islamic, saying it promotes gambling and the theory of evolution.
The DoT is undertaking an internal audit of just how much spectrum is up for grabs, while the telecom regulator may kick off a consultation process in the coming months.
Far from determining any legal violation, on each date of hearing, the court has instead directed the government to consider heavy-handed proactive censorship.
Three factors have added to the extraordinary success of the game: the blending of the virtual and the real, geo-location and the success of existing Pokémon culture.
Old and new economy businesses have different ways of gaining some form of monopoly in a product or a service value chain. It remains incumbent on the government to regulate this through appropriate and suitable regulatory mechanisms.
Live streaming may be a key social activism tool but anxiety persists over the nature of content that isn’t regulated by traditional broadcasting standards
The company’s press conference was filled with some outrageous statements though it claims it will start deliveries from tomorrow. But is a Rs 251 smartphone going to change the dynamics of the overall market?
To state that the amendments supported by India are all antithetical to the spirit of the UNHRC resolution, as some media houses have, is simply incorrect.
With the Ministry of Home Affairs indicating that escort websites need to be blocked, India needs to aim for a more inclusive legal design for the Internet, one not driven merely by fear of recreational sex.
New research shows that for our ancestors, the early 20th century saw a social networking technology that was unrivalled until the digital revolution a hundred years later.
ToI and HT are a part of the group of offenders when it comes to intrusive online ads. How will the ad-blocking wars play out in India?
Sources believe that two recent developments will allow TRAI and the Department of Telecommunications to revisit and finish the regulatory process on licensing of over-the-top applications.
If membership in the 2016 UN group of governmental experts is a shot in the arm for Indian diplomacy, the group’s deliberations will require New Delhi to finesse its line and approach negotiations with caution.
The former Google executive’s decision to leave the Japanese tech giant comes at a time when it has made a $10 billion investment foray in the country
There is no doubt that our politicians depend on Twitter during election campaigns. However, the institutions they head are neither well represented nor well received, owing to a clear lack of social media strategy.
It’s far more useful to compare the LinkedIn deal to the company’s 2011 acquisition of Skype – and how it was trying to solve the future of work and enterprise collaboration – than to bring up the failed Nokia strategy.
Clocking in at a whopping 119 pages and a little over 20 questions, this is one of TRAI’s most broadly-focused and comprehensive consultations in recent times.
India needs the US on many counts in order to build up an optimal cyberspace ecosystem, bolster cyber security across sectors and most importantly, build critical infrastructure.
Apart from understanding what it means for the artist himself and the future of comedy or political satire in this country, it is pertinent to consider if we have fathomed the power that lies in these fast means of disseminating information. And if yes, then by whom and how can this power be appropriated.
Despite the investment of billions of dollars for protection of computer systems – the truth is that it gets easier to access information with each passing year.
Free speech advocates expressed concern that the EU code of conduct would pressure companies to overcomply and remove lawful content out of an abundance of caution.
One of the biggest challenges in developing a discussion around net neutrality has been how several different issues tend to get conflated.
Trends indicate that ‘Service-in-India’ is where investor interest really lies. This poses challenges for Modi’s policy makers at multiple levels particularly since technologies are not static, unlike the policies that circumscribe them.
The consultation process for an overarching framework is being done in two phases this time, in order to be more comprehensive, but will also likely require greater focus and attention from the supporters of net neutrality.
The Department of Telecommunications submitted its recommendations to the attorney general’s office last week, in order to make sure it has covered all its bases.
The new policy fails to enact a balanced regime and instead is tilted in favour of rights-holders.
The regulator is looking at whether giving away free data is possible without violating its earlier regulations on differential pricing of data.
In an interview with The Wire, the Rajya Sabha MP talks on issues of data sovereignty and digital patriotism, and says that the government is receptive to feedback.
The massive data-driven governance project brings focus on the efficiency of government schools, data privacy and the role of Aadhaar in technology-driven development.
India does need a Geospatial Information Act, just not a regressive and punitive one.
Experts point out that the draft is too broad to practically enforce, will create a licensing raj and will gravely affect the media and the public through its stringent punishments.
As people have very strong feelings about third-party access to medical records, all of this has caused a bit of a scandal.
The draft Geospatial Bill, in a single stroke, manages to puncture all kinds of aspirations for privacy, open data sharing, human dignity, constructive speech or expression, and well, just plain reason.
If the digital divide has to be bridged across the world, it is for the BRICS countries to take leadership and shape the global agenda with a billion new entrants in mind.
Even as the celebrated Udacity CEO steps down, the pivoting of his company over the last few years offers lessons to skilling and re-skilling India’s youth.
While the authority of the Lok Sabha Speaker is final and binding, Jairam Ramesh’s writ petition may allow the Supreme Court to question an incorrect application of substantive principles.
Will the company take us to the promised land, where rides are fairly priced and available in abundance?
Boosting welfare is the message, which is how Aadhaar is being presented in India. The Aadhaar system as a medium, however, is one that enables tracking, surveillance, and data monetisation.