India Decision on Zero Rating Highlights Uncertainty Across Borders Regarding Zero-rating Mobile Data Services

A recent decision by India’s telecom regulator to prohibit differential charges for Internet content – which effectively blocked Facebook from offering its Free Basics service in the country – highlights how regulators around the globe continue to work through whether and how “zero-rating” data services may be permissible under their country’s net neutrality framework.  Zero-rating…

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…