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Soumyarendra Barik


Soumyarendra Barik is a Principal Correspondent with The Indian Express and reports on the intersection of technology, policy and society. He tweets @imsoumyarendra

Niti Aayog’s report on India’s gig economy: what has the think-tank recommended?
Wed, Jun 29, 2022

In a report titled 'India's Booming Gig and Platform Economy', government think-tank Niti Aayog has made observations on labour force participation of women and persons with disabilities, and made recommendations to companies.

NITI Aayog pitches for incentives to draw more women into gig economy
Tue, Jun 28, 2022

Based on a survey conducted across urban centres of India, NITI Aayog said in a report titled ‘India’s Booming Gig and Platform Economy’ that women are more likely to take up platform jobs after their education and marriage.

Need to accelerate reform pace in energy transition: CEO, Niti Aayog
Sun, Jun 26, 2022

Kant, who will leave the government think tank at the end of June, after having led the organisation for over six years, also said in an interview that the government should first assess the success of current production-linked incentive (PLI) schemes before launching the initiative for other sectors.

5G: All spectrum may not get sold; govt stares at shortfall
Sun, Jun 26, 2022

The auction, to be held on July 26, will be held for spectrum in the frequencies of 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, 2,300 MHz, 3,300 MHz and 26 GHz bands.

Parameswaran Iyer to take over as Niti Aayog CEO as Amitabh Kant leaves
Sat, Jun 25, 2022

Parameswaran Iyer, a 1981-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and a well-known sanitation specialist, has been appointed the chief executive officer of Niti Aayog, after Amitabh Kant retires on June 30.

To cut ‘downsides’, Google bats for ‘narrowly tailored’ data localisation
Thu, Jun 23, 2022

Google is not the only one that seems to have reservations about local storage requirements, a key part of India’s proposed data protection framework.

Explained: Why has the telecom PLI scheme been extended?
Tue, Jun 21, 2022

The Department of Telecommunications has extended the production-linked incentive scheme for telecom by one year. What are the incentives under the telecom PLI? How has it fared so far?

To rev up EV push, battery solutions per Indian needs
Sun, Jun 19, 2022

NITI Aayog, DST meet battery makers, academia amid incidents of electric two-wheeler fires; govt, industry plan open source battery management system

5G closer to launch, Cabinet approves spectrum auction
Thu, Jun 16, 2022

Bids for 72 GHz of airwaves from Jul 26

Explained: All you need to know about next month’s spectrum auctions
Wed, Jun 15, 2022

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday (June 14) cleared a proposal to auction 72,097.85 MHz of airwaves.

Explained: Why is NordVPN removing its India servers?
Wed, Jun 15, 2022

The Panama-based company said that due to the logging and storage requirement of the rules, “a VPN company with servers in India may no longer be able to guarantee privacy for its users”.

Explained: Sequoia Capital’s startup funding boost for India
Tue, Jun 14, 2022

The venture capital fund has been an early backer of some of the biggest tech companies in the world including Apple, Google and WhatsApp.

Explained: Why a senior Google engineer claimed its AI-based chatbot LaMDA is ‘sentient’
Tue, Jun 14, 2022

In a blog post, Blake Lemoine – who has since been placed on administrative leave – termed the AI chatbot LaMDA “a person”. According to a report by The Washington Post, Lemoine started chatting with LaMDA in 2021 on topics including religion, consciousness and robotics and concluded that the chatbot had become “sentient”.

At biotech startup event, typhoid RT-PCR, cataract detection via WhatsApp
Sun, Jun 12, 2022

There were over 300 stalls spanning the biotech spectrum -- medical technology, agricultural tech, diagnostics, vaccine technology, biotech incubators etc.

CERT-In may float portal for cybersecurity incidents
Sat, Jun 11, 2022

The meeting took place after CERT-In’s cybersecurity norms were met with pushback by stakeholders

Online offences: Govt proposal for Sec 66A-like steps finds no UN takers
Fri, Jun 10, 2022

In 2015, the Supreme Court had struck down the particular section, calling it “unconstitutional”.

Explained: After ExpressVPN, why Surfshark shut down its servers in India
Thu, Jun 09, 2022

Surfshark is shutting down its servers in the country, becoming the second major virtual private network (VPN) provider to exit India. What's the reason for this? What happens to Indian users of Surfshark?

Explained: The RBI plan to link credit cards with UPI
Wed, Jun 08, 2022

The Reserve Bank of India has proposed linking credit cards with UPI. What is the significance of the move? What could be the hurdles? What is the big picture?

Explained: What are the draft amendments to IT Rules, 2021?
Thu, Jun 09, 2022

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has floated a fresh draft of amendments to the Information Technology Rules, 2021. What are the proposed amendments? What prompted them? What are the concerns?

Govt ‘open’ to self-regulatory redressal by social media companies
Wed, Jun 08, 2022

Terming the regulations as an "evolving" issue, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrashekhar said the government is looking for a way to make social media companies more accountable in handling grievances of users.

IT Ministry issues fresh draft, says changes won’t hit startups
Tue, Jun 07, 2022

Last week, the Ministry had issued a draft with the same proposal, but withdrew it within hours. At the time, a source at the ministry had said that the draft would be reissued with some changes following a formal announcement.

‘Network of fake accounts inflated BJP MP posts; staffer prompted, but Facebook took no action for months’
Mon, Jun 06, 2022

The documents consist of internal conversations between Zhang and several staffers at Facebook between December 2019 and September 2020. The staffers she was speaking to during that time are responsible for monitoring and acting on inauthentic activity on Facebook.

Behind (withdrawn) Aadhaar advice, a drugs bust in Bengaluru and an arrest
Sat, Jun 04, 2022

The UIDAI issued the now-withdrawn advisory after an individual, who was allegedly part of an international narcotic drugs racket, was caught using fudged Aadhaar cards to book illegal export cargo of prohibited substances.

Explained: What is D2M technology, and how could it change your mobile behaviour?
Fri, Jun 03, 2022

What is direct-to-mobile broadcasting, and what is the government doing to facilitate this technology? What could be the consumer and business impact of this? What are the possible challenges to the technology's rollout?

Social media: Appeal panels may be set up for grievances
Fri, Jun 03, 2022

The proposal has triggered concerns about the government overriding social media companies’ content decisions. Incidentally, the draft amendments were uploaded to the MeitY’s website earlier Thursday morning, but were subsequently taken down by afternoon.