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The Virtual Private Network of your internet may not be fully private

Most people – including VPN customers – don’t have the skills to double-check that they’re getting what they paid for.
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Govt proposes conditions for data storage abroad in draft e-commerce policy

The draft addresses six broad issues -- data, infrastructure development, e-commerce marketplaces, regulatory issues, stimulating domestic digital economy and export promotion.
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That rumour you read on WhatsApp can be deadly

Differential privacy is a potential solution to battle fake news. Apple uses it to extract insights from large sets of data without compromising any particular individual's privacy.
Social media

Google, Facebook, WhatsApp not ready to accept Modi govt’s plan to share user data

The govt recently shared a new set of draft rules with social media platforms, but the companies have raised several objections to the proposals.
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Mukesh Ambani fears another colonisation if India’s data is not controlled by Indians

Reliance industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people, and not by corporates. Indians should own and control their own data, billionaire Mukesh Ambani has said, coming out in favor of recent efforts by the Asian nation to draft strict rules around how digital information is stored and shared. “Data colonization is as bad as the previous forms of colonization,” Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd. and Asia’s richest man, said at an event Wednesday in Mumbai. “India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people -- and not by corporates, especially global corporations.” The comments feed into a debate on how India should balance user protections with support for its digital economy in the world’s fastest-growing major internet market. Foreign companies and hundreds of home-grown startups have flourished amid a dearth of regulation, with research firm eMarketer estimating e-commerce sales will more than double...
China debt

Want to see your dystopian future? Look at China

If people in China don’t recognise the danger of a snooping government, they might eventually be unable to protest against it.
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No Google, we did not agree to share this information

More than a decade into era of prevalent social networks & smartphones, people still can’t make informed choices about how to safely conduct their lives online.
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Instagram founders quitting makes a terrible picture for Facebook

Instagram founders leaving is terrible optics for Facebook just when it was trying to present a picture of confidence after 2 years in crises. 

Storing data locally can hurt both Indian businesses and consumers

When governments build barriers to protect companies, then consumers suffer, growth stagnates, and the entire country falls behind the rest of the world.
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India can offer a radically new way of looking at data: Nandan Nilekani

We must have protection. But there’s more than that. Is there a way to empower people to use their data to their own advantage? That’s really a whole new idea.

On Camera

File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

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India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.