Digital connectivity is a basic right – Modi

During the occasion of the Science Congress on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the need for digital connectivity and its significance. He equated it with school education and claimed it was a “basic right” for children, much like education. This was said by the PM while inaugurating the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai. He…

Column: Net neutrality’s regulatory tightrope

In the US, President Barack Obama’s recent statement, urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue regulations embracing principles of “net neutrality” (NN)—seen by some as the gold standard for supervising internet traffic—created quite a stir and inevitably had cross-border effects, including in India. A series of articles appeared in the local media, both supporting…

How India must deal with cyberwar

The mellow rays of the winter sun glinted off the drum major’s baton as the colourfully attired brass band marched past the Chief of the Army Staff to the stirring strains of Deshon ka Sartaj Bharat at the end of the Army Day parade. In the speech that followed, the Chief exhorted the Army to…

Curbs on free speech cause for concern:

Report 2014 saw a rise in recorded attacks on the media and the increasing use of defamation suits, says a report from Hoot’s Free Speech Hub The state of free speech in India remains a cause for concern judging by the rise in recorded attacks on the media and the increasing use of defamation suits,…