Mobile One: Governance at your fingertips

An anganwadi worker in rural Karnataka can register her attendance through a service called Mobile One, which a software professional in Bengaluru can also use to pay electricity and water bills or book tickets. This innovation is not by a start-up but by the Karnataka government’s centre for e-governance, which pitches its mobile governance offering,…

Mission Kochi is ‘impossible’

The UDF-led Kochi corporation has hardly 45 days to complete their tenure in office. And the local body is making all ‘efforts’ to execute the projects listed in the Mission Kochi 15-08-15 programme. Even as the civic body desperately attempts to at least start all the 32 projects listed in the Mission Kochi programme, it’s…

Paid prioritization of content delivery against net neutrality, says DoT panel

Paid prioritization in the delivery of content over mobile devices has been found to be against net neutrality by a high-powered government committee, which has also censured Facebook’s controversial internet.org platform as it is seen to “extract value”, ostensibly in the name of public purpose. Paid prioritization includes specialized platforms where telecom operators provide greater…

David Friedman calls Net Neutrality a Bad Idea

Amidst the ongoing debate on Net Neutrality, India played host to world-famous Economist and Libertarian Theorist David D Friedman. A staunch advocate of free markets, Mr. Friedman was on a trip to India recently with talks in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. His main field of work has been market anarchist theory. This was also the subject…

Net Neutrality: Department of Telecom pushes for disallowing telecom companies’ zero rating plans in its report

The telecom department’s much-awaited report on ‘net neutrality’ is said to have recommended disallowing the controversial zero rating plans of telcos while proposing that throttling and any sort of prioritisation of Internet traffic should be banned by the government. “There should be no paid prioritisation which creates discrimination and no degradation of traffic on the…