Friday, 21 January, 2022

Topic: MeitY

Didn’t assign budget for snooping software, says MeitY, 2 days after MoD denied Pegasus role

Reply came from MoS IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar, in response to query from Karti Chidambaram, who had sought details of budget allocated, if any, to buy such a software.

Database for unorganised workers expected to take off this month, after several missed deadlines

On 29 June, the Supreme Court had fixed 31 July as the deadline for the Centre to make the portal operational. The database’s dry run and security audit is underway now.

Govt issues ‘one last notice’ to Twitter to comply with new IT rules

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology warned that failure to adhere to the norms will lead to the platform losing exemption from liability under the IT Act.

These are the apps and websites Modi govt blocked in 2020

Between 13 January and 9 October 2020, block orders issued to internet service providers by the telecom department covered 1,364 online domains, 100 websites & 177 apps.

Modi govt is considering a new law to oversee news on TV and digital platforms

There are currently no legislative provisions governing online news or OTT platforms, with self-regulation or industry oversight being the order of the day.

Govt’s OTT move aims to clearly define jurisdiction over content & platforms — I&B secy

I&B secretary Amit Khare said the decision to bring OTT platforms such as Hotstar & Netflix under the ministry was to ensure online and offline content is not treated differently.

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, digital news media brought under I&B ministry jurisdiction

I&B ministry had been seeking jurisdiction over OTTs and digital media platforms due to a lack of clarity over regulations on content.

India needs laws to regulate app stores but first know how Google, Apple control the system

Google's attempt to bring its model of operation closer to Apple’s App Store and build a similar tightly controlled mobile environment has been thwarted. But for how long?

From X-rays detecting infection to virtual OPD — how NIC is using AI to fight Covid

An AI model is being developed to detect signs of novel coronavirus infection by looking at an individual’s chest x-ray.

Indian case studies talk about AI application but fall short of discussing responsible AI

While talking in general terms about the ethics of artificial intelligence, we often lose the ability to act concretely to address these concerns.

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How Facebook and Amazon rely on an invisible workforce

The market for on-demand, digital tasks is estimated by the World Bank to be worth $25 billion, with Meta Platforms, Amazon, YouTube as some of the biggest buyers.
Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.


Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.