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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'.
Facebook

Facebook counters Mukesh Ambani’s claim that ‘data is the new oil’

Facebook said the value of data does't come from 'hoarding' or trading it, and pitched for a structure that respected an individual's rights over their information.
PM Modi's speech in Ahmedabad

Modi govt needs to stop claiming it lacks data on the informal sector, it doesn’t

Every problem in the labour market can’t be attributed to the lack of data. It’s become a predictable and false diversion.
Data cables | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

India, the biggest open data market, has a chance to lead the world on data arbitration

No other country enjoys the structural advantages that India possesses. So, it can create a multilateral platform for inter-governmental data mediation.
Rajasthani women show their Aadhaar cards while standing in a queue to vote | PTI

Aadhaar to e-commerce: Data needs to ensure ease of living, not be a burden on Indians

The government’s administrative architecture must be designed in such a way that the burden on Indians to provide data to multiple agencies is reduced.
Fibre optic cables connect data servers | Representational image | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

India’s policy on data must focus on access, not physical location

To address strategic concerns, Narendra Modi government can create a whitelist of countries that can be trusted to store and process Indian data.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.