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Lessons for India on Data Protection

The glaring misuse of data in the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica case is unfortunate. But there is a lot to learn from the revelations. It is also timely given the ongoing deliberations of the Expert Committee on Data Protection, recently constituted by the Government of India. Here,

Connecting the Next Billion

To realise the internet’s true potential, enabling discoverability of information through net neutrality, and safeguarding privacy of  all users is vital Here’s a tidbit: Right now, a Masai warrior with a smartphone has better access to information than the US President did 15 years ago. The internet

Redrafting the National Encryption Policy

When the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) published the Draft National Encryption Policy last week, it probably did not expect to have it withdrawn in just a few days’ time. After facing a seething attack from all quarters, the IT Minister, Ravi Shankar

How Internet Services and Telcos are Regulated in India

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a consultation paper proposing a regulatory framework for internet services and applications (called ‘OTT services’). Based on the comparison below, it would seem that the proposal for licensing of internet services is a terrible idea. Telecom Operators Internet Services

Why Licensing of Internet Services is a Terrible Idea

If telecom operators want a level playing field, they should focus on themselves; not internet services that are actually driving innovation. Of all the ways to describe how telecom companies are responding to the net neutrality debate, ‘crabs in a bucket’ might be the most