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.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.