Free Basics Doesn’t Solve the Problem of Connectivity, Says Microsoft India Chairman

Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik says while he believes that the intentions behind Facebook’s Free Basics are noble, there are obvious concerns around net neutrality and the project doesn’t solve the basic problem of connectivity. “[Free Basics] doesn’t solve the problem of connectivity,” says Pramanik, ostensibly referring to the fact that you need to be…

Bangladesh lifts ban on all social media, communication apps

Bangladesh today lifted the ban on all social media platforms including Skype, WhatsApp and Viber, more than three-weeks after it blocked social networking and messaging apps following Supreme Court ruling upholding death penalty of two opposition leaders convicted for war-crimes. “All the social communication media are being unblocked following a government order,” State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said.…

Kerala to be first digital State

Kerala is expected to be declared the first digital State in the country shortly, on the strength of its digital infrastructure and e-governance initiatives. Discussions are on to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the declaration, Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson said here on Thursday. Delivering the inaugural address at the Knowledge Sharing Summit organised…