Digital dreams

India needs to step up its efforts to create a national fibre optic network. The success of ‘Digital India’ depends on this India’s dash towards a digital future is stumbling on the lack of infrastructure. Although the country has the world’s third highest number of internet users, the quality of access is abysmal. According to…

Health, motor e-insurance to be available by year-end

Insurance repositories are ready to offer general insurance policies in electronic form. By the end of 2015, health and motor insurance policies will be available in electronic. “The data exchange policy has been agreed upon between the General Insurance Counsel and insurance repositories. And the data structure for health and motor insurance has been defined.…

Empowering Fifth Estate

Free and open Internet stimulates ISP competition, helps prevent unfair pricing practices, drives entrepreneurship and most importantly protects freedom of speech. Vibrant Netizens added to the force of conscious civil society, which together is the ‘Fifth Estate’ that can question happenings in the Three Estates and in so-called  ‘Fourth Estate’ – the Media When space…

RPI raises concern over ban on students’ group

While Congress and other opposition parties have shouted themselves hoarse on the decision of IIT, Madras banning a student group — Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle — for allegedly spreading hatred against the prime minister and his government, Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the BJP, has now voiced its concern over the issue.…

NGO wars: China has ‘serious challenges,’ too

We agree with Lawrence Solomon (Pussyfooting in China, 21 May 2015) that there are serious challenges to freedom of expression in China. That’s why, the same day that we released our report on free speech in India, PEN America released a report on politically motivated censorship in China, the second PEN report on China in…

DoT panel submits report on net neutrality

A telecom department panel on net neutrality submitted its report to the communications & IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad over the weekend. The report, which has been complied by a six-member committee appointed in January, will be a key component for the government’s policy on net neutrality, a concept which guarantees free and non-discriminatory access…

The digital disruption

Back in 1995, one man was able to see the enormous upheaval technology would bring to our lives. In his book The Digital Economy, Don Tapscott talked of things like networked business models, technology and privacy, and the explosive impact of new media. The author of 15 books, Tapscott is a well-known expert on the…