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Aashish Aryan


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

Abhijit Kamra, Director of Global Trade, Amazon: ‘Mission is to help transform buying & selling; look forward to engaging with ONDC’
Mon, May 09, 2022

"We are on track this year to hit $5 billion cumulative exports from India. In 2020, when Jeff Bezos was here, we had taken a pledge of $10 billion by 2025 and are now doubling it to $20 billion in the same time frame.”

Explained: Why VPN providers believe new rules will undermine users’ privacy
Sat, May 07, 2022

Citing objectives such as fighting cybercrime and invoking India’s sovereignty, integrity and public order, an April 26 directive from Cert-In, a wing of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, mandated that virtual private network (VPN) providers should keep for five years data including users’ contact details, original and faux IP addresses, and their purpose behind using the services.

Tax reassessment: I-T has 30 days to send notices
Fri, May 06, 2022

According to the top court’s judgment, the assessing officer will, within 30 days from May 4, provide the respective assesses the information and all relevant material which was relied upon to send the income tax recovery notice to them.

With competing claims for funds, DoT not in favour of tariff subsidy
Wed, May 04, 2022

All the three private telecom players as well as industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) have repeatedly raised the demand for a floor price on telecom tariff which would help them improve their average revenue per user.

‘106 net shutdowns in India in 2021’
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

There were at least 182 documented internet shutdowns during 2021in 34 countries, as against 159 documented across 29 nations in 2020, as per the report.

Elon Musk’s Twitter: How his free speech argument could play out in India
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Elon Musk's idea of defeating bots and providing every human-operated Twitter account with a verification badge may also prove to be an onerous task -- fake followers and spam is a challenge that the platform has struggled with for years.

BharatNet PPP: As incentive, DoT to assume revenue risk
Mon, Apr 25, 2022

Officials said that the companies bidding for the second round will only have to bring in the capital expenditure and operational expenses for the project without worrying about the fluctuations associated with the revenue.

DoT plan for foreign companies: Easing investment, spectrum bid norms
Sun, Apr 24, 2022

The DoT may not go for further cut in licence fee and other statutory fees, an official said, adding that the number of telecom users in India is far more than most other geographies

‘Meta has not cracked all of metaverse; want to help others build compelling use-cases’
Mon, Apr 18, 2022

Ajit Mohan, the Vice President & Managing Director, India, Meta, says: 'I don’t think we’re a media company. I think we partner with other media companies, and hopefully they’ve seen value in leveraging our platforms'

Explained: Industry concerns on TRAI 5G recommendations
Thu, Apr 14, 2022

What are the recommendations made by TRAI with respect to 5G spectrum? What concerns has industry raised?

As buyers shifted online, so did cos: D2C firms top advertisers on FB
Tue, Apr 12, 2022

For the financial year 2020-21, Meta Inc-owned Facebook India Online Services had reported a 41 per cent year-on-year increase in gross advertisement revenue at Rs 9,326 crore.

Red flags over PLI scheme, NITI plans to monitor performance
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

Taking the lead in creating a centralised database to monitor progress in the PLI schemes across sectors, the NITI Aayog plans to rope in an external agency – state-owned IFCI Ltd or Sidbi – to design and prepare the database.

Explained: The common complaints about Aadhaar, which CAG has now flagged in UIDAI audit
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

There are issues of data-matching, errors in authentication, and shortfall in archiving, the CAG has said in its 108-page audit report on the functioning of the UIDAI.

End-to-end encryption: Meta says will step up transparency, screening
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

Meta has agreed to completely implement 34 of the 45 recommendations made by independent organisation Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) as a part of its Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) report on end-to-end encryption in messaging and social media platforms.

Explained: As Elon Musk joins Twitter board, what changes can be expected?
Wed, Apr 06, 2022

The 9.2 per cent stake, worth nearly $3 billion, makes Elon Musk the biggest shareholder of Twitter, more than the 8.8 per cent stake held by the Vanguard Group, 8.4 per cent held by Morgan Stanley, and 2.2 per cent stake held by the company's co-founder Jack Dorsey.

BharatNet likely to miss deadline as shifting goalposts slow roll out
Mon, Apr 04, 2022

Consider this: as of February 2022, only about 1.72 lakh of the initially targeted 2.5 lakh gram panchayats had been connected to the central grid under BharatNet.

Proposal to widen hardware PLI ambit sent to secretaries’ panel
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sent a proposal to the empowered group of secretaries to include more electronic products under the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for hardware, sources said.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar: ‘Need to relook laws to de-risk Indian internet, make it difficult for Big Tech to be weaponised’
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

'We must first create a national data governance framework, establish some principles of law, define the role of these intermediaries and what should be the nature of the relationship between the intermediaries and the user.'

Debt-hit Supertech enters insolvency; builder says won’t impact operations of group
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

On January 31, 2021, Union Bank of India moved the NCLT claiming Supertech defaulted on payment of Rs 431.92 crore

Meta, MeitY officials to depose before panel
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

The standing committee is likely to seek ministry officials’ views on the ways in which the internet and especially social media intermediaries can be kept safe and trusted for children and women

Supertech insolvency: Homebuyers left in the lurch
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

Many buyers like Abhai Pratap Singh and Akhil Shrivastava had purchased flats in 2017. While Singh purchased at Hill Town and was supposed to have received it in 2018, Shrivastava bought a flat at Supertech Hues, Gurgaon, in 2017, and was promised possession in 2020.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar: ‘Big Tech weaponised internet amid conflict, presiding over splinter-net’
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

Amid the continued “weaponisation” of the internet by some Big Tech platforms during the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict bringing back the focus on the sweeping powers of social media platforms, India is readying a new cybersecurity and data governance framework.

Chip sector plan: Training hubs for 6,000 scholars, 2.5 lakh workers
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is in talks with select government funded higher education institutions to develop training and education programmes for around 2.5 lakh junior engineers for plant and shop floor management and around 5,000-6,000 research scholars who have at least a PhD, senior government officials said.

Eyeing ‘turnaround’, BBNL to merge with BSNL by month-end
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

The Indian Express had on January 9 reported that the government had decided to merge BBNL and BSNL by the end of this fiscal and that the latter was likely to finish BharatNet work, started by BBNL.

US bodies push back on data protection Bill, seek new working group
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

Tweaks sought on localisation of data storage , cross-border data flow curbs.