India must use internet to bridge socio-economic chasm

Socio-economic inequality is a harsh reality in almost every country. The digital economy provides a unique opportunity to empower socially and economically marginalised groups. The shift from personal computers to smartphones for internet access has expanded the digital economy to a much wider segment of society. Two inspirational companies – a young start-up and one…

Budget proposes new IT policy, Wi-Fi facility

A new IT and e-governance policy will be issued by Rajasthan government for citizens, industries and government offices. The government will also extend its support to expand 4G mobile network in the state while Wi-Fi facility at earmarked places in Jaipur will be provided. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said in her budget speech that her…

Editorial: Budget vs Digital India

The government is all set to earn in the region R100,000 crore from the current auction of radio spectrum in the 800, 900, 1800 and 2100MHz bands. While the rich pickings—approximately a third will be paid in FY16—will help the finance minister prune the deficit, it will end up hurting the country in the longer…

NSA to be sued by Wikimedia for mass surveillance

The Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit behind the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, said it is suing the U.S. National Security Agency and Department of Justice over the “large-scale search and seizure of internet communications” following the digital surveillance programs detailed in documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. It said the aim of the suit is…

The making of a digital Bharat

Exactly 20 years ago, Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Labs wrote a book called Being Digital. In that book, he distinguished between ‘atoms’ and ‘bits’. Atoms make up physical, tangible objects such as CDs, books and letters. Digital information, on the other hand, is made up of bits, the smallest unit of information on a…