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India has to toe a fine line in defining non-personal data — between public interest and IPR

It won’t be wise to coerce large businesses to share data that indicates consumer behaviour. These are the intellectual property rights of these companies.
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Ayushman Bharat can be a success if Modi govt incentivises digital data for private players

Modi govt’s proposed Personal Data Protection Bill has to be in conjunction with its blueprint governing India’s health data. But can it make private players participate?
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To keep up with tech and regulate WhatsApp & Amazon, India must adopt ‘futures thinking’

With the Indian govt's Personal Data Protection Bill only outlining broad principles governing data, the role of the Data Protection Authority becomes even more important.
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Look at the numbers: Why Digital India can’t afford internet shutdowns with slowing economy

The Modi government imposed internet shutdowns in Kashmir, Assam and Uttar Pradesh this year. From 2012-2017, India lost $3 billion because of these shutdowns.
Nandan Nilekani speaks at Carnegie India's Global Technology Summit 2019

Small businessmen will soon get loans based on data, not balance sheets: Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani says under the new system, Account Aggregator, owners will be able to use bank statements, tax returns, home loan repayment records to avail of short-term loans.
Data globalism

The era of data-globalism is over. Where does this leave India?

India is the world’s largest open data market. Yet, Indian organisations figure nowhere among the top data-based technology companies in the world.
A surgery in session

For the first time, India has a genome database. But are we ready to use it?

In India, where caste, sex, religion and colour-based discrimination is so common, genetic discrimination can be another ticking bomb.
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Forget Modi’s ‘justice for all’ mission, Indian judiciary must do justice to its data first

Indian judiciary needs to walk out of Middle Ages to become a 21st century democratic institution. But it won’t until we are stuck with poor data.
Facebook

As a creator of Cambridge Analytica, I fell for Facebook’s call to ‘move fast, break things’

Facebook is a doorway into minds of Americans. Mark Zuckerberg left that door wide open for Cambridge Analytica, Russians, and who knows how many others.

Liberal democracy is under threat from digitisation as govts, tech firms gain more power

Democracy is not only about individual voice or decision-making by majority, it is just as much about limiting the power of individuals.

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Why disease and xenophobia go hand in hand

The central human fallacy is to assume that if international travel helps spread disease, a perceived “foreign” group is most likely to be carriers.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Coronavirus racism against NE Indians: How can govt prevent Sino-phobia from hurting our own?

While US President Donald Trump is constantly calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’, people from northeast India are being targeted, abused and attacked.

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Army may recall retd personnel with medical expertise if fight against Covid-19 intensifies 

The Army has made a composite list of all those who retired in the last two years, especially focussing on those with medical expertise and trained technicians. 

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.