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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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‘Digital colonialism’: Why countries like India want to take control of data from Big Tech

India has been the most vocal supporter for data localisation, promoting its own regulation as 'a template for the developing world'.

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Amit Shah

Coronavirus-hit China must look at helpful India, not pick on Amit Shah’s Arunachal visit

The India-China border dispute is a complicated issue and it is futile to expect it to be resolved in the ‘early harvest’ manner suggested by China.

Do Shaheen Bagh protesters run risk of waning interest or should stay put for CAA endgame?

The Shaheen Bagh protest against CAA has entered its third month. SC-appointed mediators met protesters this week and may meet them again at a different location.

Defence

Representational image of Kandla Port, Gujarat | Photo: Commons

Chinese ship carrying suspected cargo to Pakistan allowed to leave, equipment held back

The ship was detained at Gujarat's Kandla Port for allegedly mis-declaring an autoclave, which can be used to launch ballistic missiles, as an industrial ‘dryer’.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.