Karishma Mehrotra

Articles By Karishma Mehrotra

Over 90% enumerators opt for mobile app in Census 2021 test run

The Census will have code numbers linked to set responses for descriptive questions, to minimise varied responses that need to be categorised post-data collection.

Dinesh Tyagi, CEO of CSC initiative: ‘Rural service centres can fuel rural India’s growth, bridge the digital divide’

The CSCs were introduced to provide citizens access to services through a digital framework. Every CSC has a basic infrastructure, which is a computer, a webcam, a scanner, and a printer, and some facility for power and connectivity.

More legislation on digital rights in Lok Sabha than Rajya Sabha: report

In a review of the last five years of Parliament, Lok Sabha expressed more interest in surveillance and snooping, with 91 questions over the last 10 years against Rajya Sabha’s 13.

Phone lines down in Kashmir lockdown, people unable to contact kin in Valley

There was no Kashmir dateline in Delhi newspapers on Tuesday morning, and Kashmiri news websites such as Greater Kashmir and Rising Kashmir had not updated their reports from the region since Monday morning.

V Kamakoti: ‘With 5G, more people will be dependent on network, so security will be very important’

As we go towards 5G, a lot more of our livelihoods will depend on the network, so the issue of security becomes more significant.

‘OBC category not to be included in Census 2021’

The MHA sources added that there are calls to include caste every census, but the unreliable nature of caste data collection would decrease the credibility of the results

Coming: Data Officer for smart cities

Almost all cities have submitted their self-assessments to the ministry and over Rs 13,000-crore worth of IT and digitisation tenders have been put out so far.

Ravi Shankar Prasad asserts need for traceability mechanism in WhatsApp payments

“I have heard them and I have instructed my department that in the event the platform is complying with (RBI and NPCI) regulatory requirements, they must be encouraged,” Prasad said.

IT Min meets industry on govt-led ‘cloud economic zone’ plan

The IT ministry official said that if data localisation policies increasingly come, the ministry may need to act proactively. “We need huge capacities. We cannot be taken aback.”

World needs to see India’s billion opportunities, says WhatsApp head Will Cathcart

WhatsApp plans to launch its payment service for all users in the country this year, the company’s global head Will Cathcart said.

Facing ire, TikTok parent firm ByteDance to set up India data unit

A committee led by Justice B N Srikrishna released a draft Data Protection Bill nearly a year ago that mandates some types of data of Indian citizens to be stored in India.

IT Ministry seeks TikTok, Helo response on ‘anti-national’ activities

An IT ministry official told The Indian Express that the questions were based on issues raised in the media and Parliament.

Government panel floats digital ID for health records, may link Aadhaar

The committee has suggested that the Health Ministry should consult UIDAI, which issues Aadhaar, and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in the design of the Personal Health Identifier (PHI), to maintain a Personal Health Record (PHR).

Automated facial recognition: what NCRB proposes, what are the concerns

The NCRB, which manages crime data for police, would like to use automated facial recognition to identify criminals, missing people, and unidentified dead bodies, as well as for “crime prevention”.

TikTok suspends accounts of trio who posted video on Jharkhand mob attack

The three whose accounts were suspended had verified accounts - collectively, they had millions of followers for videos that often showcased them lip-syncing with a group called “Team 07”.

Economic Survey advocates ‘govt-driven data revolution for public good’

Isolating “data” as a strategic focus for the first time, this survey has stated that in the sectors private players ignore because of no commercial profit, the government should step in.

RSS media arm honours group that branded citizens anti-national

Last Saturday, Clean The Nation (CTN), the group which went after them, was honoured with the Social Media Patrakarita Narad Samman, instituted by RSS-affiliate Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra (IVSK).

Online readers didn’t polarise during Lok Sabha polls: Study

The new findings from the recent elections, however, suggest Indian online audiences have “omnivorous media diets” and do not fall into the predicted polarised patterns.

Explained: Why the world is debating data flow

Should data be allowed to flow freely or localised at source? As IT Ministry prepares to present data protection Bill in Parliament and countries argue at global forums, a look at both sides of the debate.

Telling Numbers: Do people trust online news? How Indians, others responded

In India, 36% of respondents trusted the news overall, including 45% in search and 34% in social media. In other markets, 42% of respondents trusted the news overall, with 33% trusting it in search and 23% in social media.