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ThePrint-Koan Advisory series, with technology policy consulting firm Koan Advisory Group, analyses emerging policies, laws and regulations in India’s technology sector.

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Parliamentary Committee’s PDP Bill report a low-hanging fruit. Data privacy needs rethink

The harms that the JPC is addressing are complex. Looking for unilateral fixes are ill-advised ways to devise solutions.
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Sriki-Bitfinex scandal exposed gap in crypto exchange. Govt must pass innovation-friendly law

Parliamentary Committee on Finance to evolve a consensus on crypto regulation. The question is—what should it look like?
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India-US digital trade is going through a bad patch. USTR Tai’s visit can begin fixing it

The next few months will test India-US commitments to a strategic partnership. Digital cooperation is a vital part of it.
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OECD’s global tax framework is a win-win for India. Just focus on our long-term gains

The multilateral agreement has come against the backdrop of visible populist angst against large transnational companies across the world.
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RBI’s recurring payments regulation can derail India’s digital economy engine

The Watal Committee and the Nandan Nilekani Committee, formed to study the digital payments ecosystem, have highlighted the importance of recurring transactions.
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Karnataka’s online gaming ban won’t work. It shows poor grasp of tech

Heavy-handed technology regulation is a recipe for economic disaster and social rebellion. It reflects a lack of basic understanding of technology.
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To reward creators or digital broadcasters? The current Copyright Act gets it all wrong

We need to question if widening the scope of Section 31D of the Copyright Act to grant large streaming companies an automatic licence to content would be fair to artists and creators.

Bombay HC order on IT Rules is a start. But its critical eye has missed a greater threat

The order made strong observations on how Rule 9 curtails freedom of speech. However, it did not address the constitutionality of other provisions.
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Google, Amazon, Flipkart have all protested. India needs a new trade secrets law

The absence of trade secret legislation in India leads to unnecessary litigation and non-cooperation in ongoing antitrust investigations.
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Bigg Boss winner’s plea shows ‘right to be forgotten’ cannot be viewed on a case-to-case basis

Cases like that of Ashutosh Kaushik's threaten to impede the working of a free press. India must, at all costs, avoid setting the wrong precedence.
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Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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