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,…

Expert Panel Formed on e-governance

The State government on Friday constituted an expert committee to formulate the policy framework for implementation of e-governance at all levels. The move comes in the wake of a Central government panel’s recommendation for mandatory ICT skills among government employees. It had suggested that basic ICT skills should be a must even at the entry…

Trends in the Online Education sector in 2014

The online education sector saw a lot of investments this year in the country, along with the entry of new players through acquisitions, new initiatives or partnerships. Additionally, various government policies to encourage e-learning, various MOOC initiatives by universities and the digitization of books underscored the growing importance of e-learning in the country. Let us…

Web Freedom Again Beset in 2015

Government censorship of the Internet is a cat-and-mouse game. And despite more aggressive tactics in recent months, the cats have been largely frustrated while the mice wriggle away. But this year, the challenges for Silicon Valley will mount, with Russia and Turkey in particular attempting to tighten the controls on foreign-based Internet companies. Indeed, major…