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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Aashish Aryan


Aashish Aryan is a Principal Correspondent With The Indian Express. He tweets @cubscribe

‘No data is permanently anonymised’: Experts warn of re-identification risks
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

An example of re-identification is companies using browsing history to identify and predict the behaviour of individual users on the internet.

Internet imperialism by select few is unacceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Mon, Mar 08, 2021

Prasad, however, said that the new rules are in the form of an architecture that the intermediaries should themselves follow rather than the government mandating it through law.

Non-basmati rice exports surge as West Asia, Africa build reserves
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

Shipments of the staple food grain between April 2020 and January 2021 more than doubled over the same period in the previous financial year, showed provisional government data.

Explained: Despite unsold spectrum, why DoT sees success in 2-day auction
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

The spectrum auction this time was the second shortest in the history of spectrum bidding in India, having lasted only one-and-a-half days; the auction held in 2013 had lasted for only a little over four hours.

Proactive tracking will ‘make suspects out of people’: Petitioner of 66A SC judgment
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

The latest norms for social media intermediaries have drawn objections from privacy experts and lawyers, who said these could undermine “principles of open & accessible internet’.

Explained: China’s cyber eye and India
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

In the latest in a series of surveillance and hacking attempts, a Chinese state-backed hacker firm has been reported to be targeting Indian vaccine makers. Why is this happening, and what are the implications?

Spectrum Auction: Rs 77K-crore bids for 4G airwaves exceed govt expectations
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

Of the four rounds, there was 80 per cent bidding activity in the first two rounds, which increased to 90 per cent in the next two rounds.

Explained: What’s at stake in the spectrum auction, when will we know the winners?
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

The long-delayed spectrum auction for 4G airwaves began on Monday (March 1). What is expected?

JPC report may stress on localised storage, handling of minors’ data
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

The joint parliamentary committee report on Personal Data Protection Bill is likely to be tabled on or before March 12.

To block or not to block: The to and fro meetings between IT Minister, Twitter
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

In a letter to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on February 8, Twitter said that the “safety” of its employees in India was “top priority” and therefore it had “from a position of respect” reached out to the Minister for dialogue.

One Koo at a time
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

There was more to what a little bird told us past fortnight. As new guidelines rein in social media companies with their enormous clout, the government is also encouraging homegrown apps as alternatives to giants from Twitter and WhatsApp to Google Maps. The Indian Express does a search.

Privacy vs curbs: New IT Rules reflect global trend but sweeping blacklist puts law and order at centre
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

These rules come even as a Joint Parliamentary Committee is in the final stages of discussion of a privacy Bill that covers aspects such as the role of social media intermediaries and the reach of Big Tech companies, and the privacy accorded to the users on such platforms.

Govt frames new rules to hold social media, OTT accountable for content
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

The rules also call for a three-tier regulation mechanism for over-the-top (OTT) platforms like Netflix, YouTube, etc and require them to self-classify their content into five categories based on age suitability.

Explained: What is India’s new social media code?
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

The government’s digital media guidelines announced on Thursday have the potential of changing the social media and OTT viewership experience in fundamental ways. What are the key changes, and why have they been notified? How will they affect companies and consumers?

Rs 7,325-crore PLI scheme to cover laptops, PCs, servers
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

The approval of PLI scheme for these hi-tech IT hardware gadgets comes after the Cabinet last week cleared a Rs 12,195 crore scheme for telecom equipment manufacturing.

New guidelines for social media intermediaries: Rules set for roll-out, concerns arise over lack of consultation
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

The IT Ministry is looking to make changes to certain Sections to the IT Act to make social media intermediaries and over-the-top (OTT) platforms more accountable for the content shared through their platforms.

IT Min rejects demands, to not extend first year PLI deadline
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

The PLI scheme for mobile, allied components and certain other specified electronic component was announced in April 2020, with incentives of 4-6 per cent.

Explained: Will the UK ruling on Uber drivers have any impact in India?
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

The UK Supreme Court Friday ruled that Uber drivers were to be considered workers and not freelance contractors. Will this judgment impact Uber's services in India?

To make social media cos more liable, IT Act may see changes
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

One of the major changes being looked at is to amend Section 79 of the IT Act to make online companies “proactively trace, detect and prevent” unlawful content from being shared on their platforms.

Explained: Issues in the Cairn Energy-govt dispute
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

What is the Cairn Energy-Indian government dispute all about? What had the Permanent Court of arbitration court say in its ruling? A recap of the case, and judgment

Cabinet approves PLI scheme for telecom sector worth Rs 12,195 crore
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government expects that the scheme will lead to enhanced production of more than Rs 2,44,200 crores of telecom equipment in the country, export worth Rs 1,95,360 crores over the next five years.

Google’s payment deal with Australian media firm: background, likely impact
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

The deal comes in the light of a new regulation being proposed by Australia to force social media companies such as Google and other tech companies to pay for showcasing news items in their feed.

Explained: What is Sandes, India’s new Instant Messaging platform like WhatsApp?
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Like WhatsApp, the new NIC platform can be used for all kinds of communications by anyone with a mobile number or email id.

PLI-style push for software products planned; focus on digital payments
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

The domestic digital payments ecosystem has now been shortlisted and as a part of this effort, the IT Ministry will use the Rs 1,500 crore earmarked in Budget 2021-22 to augment safety and infrastructure of the digital payments systems, IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney said.

‘Better communication’ with Govt: Twitter to ‘restructure’ India team
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

During the meeting, Twitter executives informed the ministry that they had taken action on about 95% of the content and accounts flagged by the officials, and that they would verify and remove the rest of the disputed content as well.