Access to Internet is a Human Right

Author:  Rajat Kumar, Research Associate, Digital Empowerment Foundation  “The internet is a crucial medium not just for personal communication or news and information, but for political participation and civic engagement. The struggle for internet freedom is consequently inseparable from the struggle for freedom of every kind.” [1] With digital connectivity on the rise and more…

The National eGovernance Plan of India

In the colonial times, the conventional idea people carried about a Government was fixed to that of an unchallenged authority which restricted and controlled the lives of its citizens. However, with time, things changed and so did ideas and perceptions. Now the Government is seen as the ultimate benefactor; responsible for extending services to its…

Social media seen aiding cyber attackers’ cause

Banks have made significant efforts in educating customers on safe banking practices, but it is often found to be inadequate in the face of a sustained cyber attacks, a top RBI official has said. Data breach arising from phishing attacks and social engineering continues to be on the rise, according to G Padmanabhan, Executive Director,…

Delhi government sets up 21 task forces

The Delhi Dialogue Commission, the Delhi government’s ‘think tank’ led by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, decided to form 21 task force groups on various issues ranging from Wi-Fi connectivity CCTV coverage and government on mobile to priority areas like women’s security, water, electricity, pollution and unauthorized colonies. A nine-member panel for DDC headed…

‘Government corporate-driven, silent on security’

The Opposition on Monday charged the government for being driven by corporates even as it accused it of remaining silent over cases of communal violence and failing on national security front and stopping transfer of public money to foreign telecom firms. The main Opposition Congress also charged the BJP-led government with failing to make sufficient…

Budget silent on e-commerce

The e-commerce sector failed to find a place in the Budget for 2015-16. Measures proposed on taxation or start-ups may benefit online retailers, but there were no sector-specific measures for the sector. Sectors that made it to the budget over e-commerce were leather footwear, which received a reduction in excise duty; incense sticks, which received…