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.
Widespread disruption in the world of business has caused 70% of companies on the Fortune 1000 list to fall off the map since 2013. New entrepreneurs are emerging from nowhere to become dominant players.
New kinds of digital activity are attempting to change society by giving individuals the ability to work and collaborate without government or corporate-run infrastructures.
If the larger ICANN community feels there is need for a harassment-specific policy, the policy development procedure should be exercised: Ombudsman
In the new government rules, Amazon and Flipkart will be impacted negatively while Snapdeal and other ‘pure’ marketplaces will come out on top.
The FBI comes out looking inept at best and malicious at worst in its showdown with Apple. The battle to decide how protecting national security and safeguarding citizen privacy will co-exist in the future moves to another day.
India has repeatedly expressed its support for multistakeholder Internet governance at the global level. If India is to make the system work for its interests, it is the implementation of multistakeholderism at the domestic level that now needs to become a priority.
As Aadhaar and Digital India slowly become a reality, there also needs to be an unremitting, focused interest on the protection of individual privacy
Alleged perpetrator files counter-complaint with ombudsman’s office after being publicly identified
The data involved in planning for urbanized and networked cities are currently flawed and politically-inflected. Therefore, we must ensure that basic human rights are not violated in the race to make cities “smart”.
Although concerns over the role of the GAC in the post-ICANN entity remain, there’s only one more obstacle left in removing US oversight over the Internet.
Even after a decade of existence, Indian language Wikipedias are not yet known to many Indian language speakers. Wikipedia, being the largest available encyclopedia made in the human history, it what it is today because of the hundreds and thousands of volunteer-editors. But while native-language Wikipedias are becoming […]
From nudging new voters to a national health network, what sort of house could be built upon the Aadhaar ecosystem?
Who really invented e-mail? An American ARPANET engineer who created a fundamental transmission protocol? Or an India-born teenager who came up with a relatively novel user interface?
The recommendations for the post-transition ICANN, as they currently stand, change the power dynamics within ICANN. Governments will now get a say in key operational decisions, something that they earlier didn’t have.
While the new equalisation levy comes with good intentions, it could have a negative impact on Indian small and medium businesses.
The fiscal deficit, the manufacturing sector and the slowdown in exports. The Budget only scores well on one out of these three challenges.
Multinational software companies are naturally displeased with the Indian patent office’s new guidelines disallowing patents for computer programs.
Should the Freedom 251, priced at Rs. 251, be held up as a shining example of Digital India?
After largely ignoring the country for many years, why is Apple currently bullish on India? What does it have up its sleeve?
The introduction of the new 451 HTTP Error Status Code for blocked websites is a big step forward in cataloguing online censorship, especially in a country like India where access to information is routinely restricted.
Facebook says Free Basics is responsible for converting 40% of first time Internet users on its platform to paid Internet. Can it surely say so?
As TRAI looks to make a final decision, the Save the Internet movement is rallying India’s start-up ecosystem while Facebook considers independent oversight of Free Basics.
Just as Chinese Internet users do not care about content outside the Great Firewall even after it’s unblocked, Free Basics users will likely continue to use the restricted bundle of services provided by Facebook and its partners even after they convert to paid, full Internet access.
A good catalogue, Internet data caps and online piracy – Netflix has its work cut out for it in India.
The outcome document produced of the 10-year review of the World Summit on Information Society has some glaring omissions
The debate between Murthy and Facebook raises issues that speak to the larger net neutrality discussion within India.
The Government should strive to ensure that every Indian has access to the full Internet and not just some corner of it chosen by Facebook or any other technology company.
Siddhartha Kararwal emphasises his work is not political, but just his way of looking at the times we live in
The all-too-familiar tale of digital disruption that we’ve seen play out in television, transportation, accommodation and music hasn’t quite applied to the printed word.
New Delhi: Internet freedom in India has improved for the second year running, according to the latest global report on the Internet from Freedom House, a US nonprofit organisation that monitors freedom worldwide. The India section of the 2014-15 edition of Freedom on the Net – prepared by […]
After some initial reluctance, Indians have vigorously taken to buying goods online. If data is needed to confirm the general sense, online sales have grown from $0.7 billion in 2012 to $7 billion in 2015 and are expected to cross $12 billion in 2016. It is the rule […]
There’s no ‘non-natural disaster response’ legislation that explicitly defines the extent to which state actors can interfere with the provision of public services to quell unrest.