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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.
The 2019 Economic Survey advises the government to step in and take on a major role in the realm of data collection, storage and analytics | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt should harness data, make it a public good for better governance: Eco Survey

Economic Survey dismisses privacy concerns, says government not collecting new data but integrating already existing data.
Representational Image | Wikimedia Commons

Indian policies must enable new technology, not impede it

When regulating unfamiliar territory like technology, tendency to entirely ban an activity or create restrictive licensing models is high.
A girl goes to school | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Better data can improve public education in India – draft National Education Policy says it too

The new draft education policy has called for ‘a major effort’ in data collection, analysis and organisation.
Huawei is embroiled in controversy over security concerns in many countries | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

As US-China tech cold war on Huawei heats up, India is the ground zero

India has the world’s largest potential digital market but lacks national tech champions who can adequately exploit it.

Several tech brands besides Facebook and Google are tracking us

Facebook and Google would be able to buy data from other ad market players even if they were banned from gathering information about users’ browsing.

On Camera

In Gujarat, BJP hopes to retain power in the name of ‘chief minister’ Narendra Modi

The Modi magnifier

This is the first Indian election where a politician is winning by not promising governance, but simply seeking a vote against Musharraf, the Muslims and the Italian church.
PM Narendra Modi | ANI

If Modi wins on Sunday

According to the forecast, rupee will reach 67.5 per dollar by end of September and 67 by end of 2018 I Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Offer cashback, relax KYC norms to check decline in remittances, suggests WEF paper

Remittances, or the money overseas citizens send back to their home country, are expected to contract 20% in 2020 on account of Covid-19, according to a World Bank report.


Women recruits at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School in Bengaluru

Army begins process to recruit second batch of 100 women soldiers for military police

Army intends to induct 1,700 women recruits in the military police by 2036, increasing the percentage of women in the cadre to 20 over 17 years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.