Net Commitment

This refers to The Indian Express editorial dated March 17, 2016, under the heading ‘Here’s lookin’ at you’, inter alia suggesting that the minister is seeking power to restrict communications or to track them. While I fully respect your editorial independence, let me say this with conviction that the views expressed in this editorial are…

Privacy is a fundamental right

The Central government has forced the Aadhaar Bill through Parliament in a week. Aadhaar has had an invasive and controversial presence well before the government’s attempt to legitimise it. It has been challenged before the Supreme Court, and in defending it, our Attorney General (funded by our taxes) has argued that we have no right…

India Is Updating National Policy For Women’s Empowerment: Maneka Gandhi

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 15 (PTI): India has enabling conditions for gender equality and is updating the National Policy for Women to establish a solid foundation for accelerating its commitment to women’s empowerment, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has said. “Ensuring gender equality, promoting women’s empowerment and combating discrimination and violence against women are integral to our…

TRAI asked to submit recommendations on net neutrality; government gears up to finalise policy

NEW DELHI: The government has asked the telecom regulator to submit recommendations on net neutrality, as it gears up to finalise the policy on this controversial issue. “We have received a letter from DoT (telecom department) on making recommendations on net neutralityas whole, and we will shortly float a consultation paper on it,” Trai Chairman…

Citing international security, India wants more government control over the internet

As the internet prepares to emerge from the administrative oversight of the US government on 30 September, India proposes that in its new management by the global online community, governments should have “supreme right and control” on matters relating to international security. Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said this at…

Facebook to beam Internet using drones

Facebook is still keen on connecting remote parts of the world by giving them Internet connectivity, despite suffering a major setback in India with regards to Free Basics and Internet.org. The social media giant’s artificial intelligence (AI) team is studying satellite images of 20 countries to identify human settlements, reports the Indo-Asian News Service. “This is…