Is India ready for this high-speed transit system? Or are there cheaper upgrades to the current rail network that would be more sensible?
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.
You can learn a lot about the movement of people and animals if you tap into the tracking data from many of today’s mobile phones.
An unprotected, publicly accessible API endpoint leaks everything from phone numbers to home addresses.
Mangal Singh continues to display the potential to install many of his turbines, which can lead to a useful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as costs.
Historians of South Asia have often examined large technologies but emerging research suggests that small technologies were equally important.
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?
Existing satellite capacity can be used for Digital India if the DoT can bypass DoS and ISRO to negotiate with private operators – but is this possible?
Conversations about artificial intelligence must focus on jobs as well as questioning its purpose, values, accountability and governance.
How will the incoming fourth industrial revolution impact society and what clues do tech hubs such as the Bay Area hold for us?
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.
The telecom regulator seeks to resolve the remaining aspects of net neutrality, namely speed and access.
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.
Legion discussed potential targets in an interview, including the UIDAI database that holds the Aadhaar data of over 500 million Indians.
With HTTPS, our journalists are assured that the stories they produce will reach their readers in the form they were intended irrespective of how sensitive or controversial their contents are.
Machine translators, however remarkable, are not yet clever enough to anticipate the vast variety of contexts from which meaning emerges.
Most applications in the name of ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Digital India’ are being made by students with no background in security.
When technologies let us down, they tend to be forgotten. There’s a very good reason why this should be resisted.
The NaMo app is owned and operated by Narendra Modi, not by the government. So the data it collects can’t be safeguarded by the government – as well as that it now effectively belongs to the BJP.
That the new Rs 2,000 notes would be embedded with “nano GPS chips” was patently a hoax – but what about the bleeding ink and the so-called “turbo-electric effect”?
Robots are already beginning to cost less to manufacture and operate than human salaries. This will ensure a spike in the use of AI, rather than creating more American jobs.
Are robots inherently racist? Or is it inevitable for them to echo and amplify the prejudices their makers hold?
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.
Two Kashmiris are looking to do what Facebook has not so far – provide their fellow residents with a way to reach out to friends and family in times of crisis.
With the rise of information technology, how does the law keep up with another frontier, the datasphere, and control it efficiently?
Since 2007, Google has kept a massive database of web-browsing records separate from the personally identifiable information it has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts – until now.
Who counts as a gamer and what counts as games amount to data that is heavily skewed in its class, caste and gender perspectives.
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.
Censorship allows someone else to decide what we get to see, despite our interests.
“I believe that unconstrained, face-to-face conversation is the only way we can build empathy. Without it, there’s little hope for meaningful human interaction.”
Smartphones and social media have made it easy for accidental witnesses to capture and share violations and crimes. But how can we tell what’s real and what’s fake?
The social media services shut off the data access of Geofeedia, the Chicago-based data vendor that provided data to police, in response to the American Civil Liberties Union findings.
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.
When used with prudence, drones can be a potential tool to better control our agricultural productivity and to best invest our limited resources.
Insisting on the glamour and fun of coding plants the pernicious notion in the heads of children that they do not need discipline in order to progress.
Although tests like brain mapping and polygraph help widen the scope of a criminal investigation, their results are not admissible in the court of law.
Disputes arising from AI use are governed by archaic laws, which do not address issues like data privacy, and consumer protection and labour liability.
From mandatory disclosures to improving CERT-IN’s functioning and transparency, there is much to be done in the event of future cyber attacks.
An American engineer’s efforts to build a language-specific computer would make him the father of Chinese computing – and autocomplete.
Using free software is now, more than ever, a political and ethical statement – especially as Silicon Valley looks to India.