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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.
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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.
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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.
File photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley | Vijay Verma/PTI

Only compulsive contrarians won’t believe these numbers of economic growth, says Arun Jaitley

The finance minister has given a report card of the economic growth under Modi govt as compared to its predecessors.
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Mastercard concerned India’s strict data rules may hinder fraud detection

The RBI had asked payment firms to ensure their data is stored exclusively on local servers, making it one of the few countries with the strictest data localisation rules.

A NATO study successfully tricked soldiers into sharing sensitive data

The NATO project showed that even the most secure organisations are far from safe.

India proposes regulating cross-border data flow in draft policy

The draft policy recommends data on Indians not be used by companies to store abroad, or shared with foreign governments.
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It’s only a draft, says Modi govt on data showing unemployment at historic high

Govt says NSSO report doesn’t present accurate comparative picture, insists Indian economy is still creating jobs under NDA.

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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.

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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.