India does need a Geospatial Information Act, just not a regressive and punitive one.
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.
The IRNSS is expected to go live and functional in June of this year.
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?
An international regime to regulate lethal autonomous weapons is some years away. Meanwhile, Great Powers have already indicated their willingness to deploy them in battlefield.
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.
As autorickshaw unions threaten to stage protests and as Delhi starts the odd-even scheme again, Uber backs down.
The latest round of investments comes as the CIA has revamped its Silicon Valley outreach, establishing a new wing tasked with developing cutting-edge solutions by directly engaging the private sector.
The Internet’s physical library revolves around the sensibility that every cloud needs an anchor. And perhaps fittingly for today, it has managed to highlight the importance of public space and commons.
While TCS denies that there was any intellectual property infringement, this case sheds light on how simple measures to prevent conflicts of interest and ringfence customer data can go a long way.
Repeated usage of the ‘Internet kill switch’, usually during times of protests or agitation in the region, leads to a collective loss of nearly a month of Internet services.
Technology is driving productivity improvements, which grow the economy. But the rising tide is not lifting all boats, and most people are not seeing any benefit from this growth
If the larger ICANN community feels there is need for a harassment-specific policy, the policy development procedure should be exercised: Ombudsman
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
We need to reboot the Aadhaar debate by asking why we want to create a centralised biometric database of Indian residents in the first place
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?
Google Deepmind beat Lee Se-dol at Go three games in a row. The wins signal a triumph for its software but its hardware requirements present a bottleneck going ahead.
Frieda Klotz visited the ‘world’s first cyborg fair’ with one question: are cyborgs a real thing, or are these people just kidding themselves?
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.
Auctions, whether at Christie’s or Sotheby’s for works of art, or of telecommunications spectrum by the government of India, are fascinating psychological games. When the interests of large competing corporate groups are involved, not surprisingly, allegations are aired of criminal intent by manipulation of rules. Even as the […]
While the new equalisation levy comes with good intentions, it could have a negative impact on Indian small and medium businesses.
The department had been engaged in a months-long standoff with the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security over how complaints from cybersecurity researchers should be resolved.
Multinational software companies are naturally displeased with the Indian patent office’s new guidelines disallowing patents for computer programs.
After largely ignoring the country for many years, why is Apple currently bullish on India? What does it have up its sleeve?
New Delhi is currently considering a bilateral cyber deal with Russia, which would be a game-changer not just in this space, but also for India’s foreign policy
Now that the dust is slowly settling, it’s a good time to sit back and understand the implications of the new rules, the obstacles in moving forward as well as grapple with some of the controversial reactions to TRAI’s decision.
ISRO recently launched the 5th of 7 satellites that would replace GPS in our country, forever. Find out about the history of this mission and the need for an indigenous navigation system.
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 with all other satnav systems, the NAVIC will provide two services: a free one for civilians and a strongly encrypted one for the military.
Contrary to Mike Hearn’s declaration, bitcoins are actually growing, not dying. The problem is that the community wasn’t prepared to handle the rising volumes so soon.