Digital India: ICT for Improving Citizen Service Delivery

The discussion at the 17th edition of Express Technology Sabha began with Subhomoy Bhattacharjee putting the question—“Are we getting the building blocks in place when it comes to Digital India?’ Tripurari Sharan, Principal Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of Bihar, said, “There is an inherent intimacy between technology and philosophy. Are we in the…

Odisha government to set up an Innovation Project Monitoring Unit under State Innovation Council

The State government will set up an Innovation Project Monitoring Unit under State Innovation Council to foster the environment of innovation, document the best practices, and facilitate their replication and upscaling. A direction to this effect came at a high-level meeting on ‘Innovations in Public Systems’ held at the state secretariat on Thursday. Stressing on…

Spectrum money can aid Net Neutrality in India

After a painful scandal that paralysed India’s parliament for years, involved the Supreme Court and catapaulted a new prime minister into power, the spectrum saga reached a Bollywood-style happy ending last week when the NDA government announced it would net Rs 110,000 crore from the auction of airwaves. While communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says…

Why net neutrality is a question of free speech

In a landmark decision last month, federal regulators in the United States approved new rules governing internet traffic which forbids wired and wireless internet providers from blocking or slowing down traffic from certain content providers and bans them from prioritising some content over others. The decision raised concerns that internet service providers would be prevented…

Defend Internet Freedom in India!

The internet’s success in fostering innovation, access to knowledge and freedom of speech is in large part due to the principle of net neutrality — the idea that internet service providers give their customers equal access to all lawful websites and services on the internet, without giving priority to any website over another. Due to…