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  • The ‘government’ of Twitter has to follow the Government of India, period May 27, 2021 04:10 PM IST

    The ‘government’ of Twitter has to follow the Government of India, period

    India is in a constant state of elections. Any sort of manipulative behaviour by TIFY (Twitter-Instagram-Facebook-YouTube) will mean influencing behaviour and infiltrating India’s democracy. India will not tolerate it 

  • WhatsApp’s case against the government hinges on two key questions May 27, 2021 03:02 PM IST

    WhatsApp’s case against the government hinges on two key questions

    While one question will determine technology’s potential to comply with a government rule, the other will determine if a demand to trace messages to the ‘first originator’ is tantamount to a constitutional violation of an individual’s right to privacy 

  • The WhatsApp move to sue the Indian government is a red herring May 27, 2021 01:45 PM IST

    The WhatsApp move to sue the Indian government is a red herring

    India is a democracy. Tech corporations are anything but, and they may do well to examine their own motivations before calling into question the decisions of states, especially those navigating the changeable waters of a profoundly diverse nation such as India 

  • New IT rules lay down India’s authority over social media Feb 26, 2021 01:01 PM IST

    New IT rules lay down India’s authority over social media

    The government has laid down the law to establish its authority without fear of further challenges from social media platforms. To that extent, India’s new social media rules are strong and robust, and might be a template for adoption by many other countries

  • Forget privacy, messaging platforms like WhatsApp are all after your data Jan 13, 2021 08:53 AM IST

    Forget privacy, messaging platforms like WhatsApp are all after your data

    The universe for Facebook’s interest-based targeting will now stretch even further to include Whatsapp users as well. But it doesn’t stop here. Facebook’s grand plan is to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger with its other services like Boomerang, Threads and Shops

  • WhatsApp’s new privacy rules are no surprise, but reveal opportunism Jan 11, 2021 08:30 AM IST

    WhatsApp’s new privacy rules are no surprise, but reveal opportunism

    With a stark threat to users, the Facebook-owned app has stolen a march over global regulators and sets the stage for likely rapid commercialisation of the platform 

  • WhatsApp Pay | Let a hundred flowers bloom Nov 09, 2020 01:21 PM IST

    WhatsApp Pay | Let a hundred flowers bloom

    Imposing a market share cap on UPI is a retrograde step that will restrict customer choice and stifle innovation

  • Jio dials it right. Investors queue up to take the call May 22, 2020 11:40 AM IST

    Jio dials it right. Investors queue up to take the call

    The latest KKR deal goes on to prove investors can’t take their eyes off India’s single-largest opportunity

  • Jio’s recent deals will cause a tectonic shift across sectors May 11, 2020 03:09 PM IST

    Jio’s recent deals will cause a tectonic shift across sectors

    An Indian company has emerged as the torchbearer of our nation’s digital opportunity. Its shareholders stand to gain over the next decade

  • Facebook-Jio Deal | Kirana stores will be put at the nerve centre of India’s e-commerce revolution Apr 30, 2020 11:22 AM IST

    Facebook-Jio Deal | Kirana stores will be put at the nerve centre of India’s e-commerce revolution

    The Indian retail space is ripe for disruption and there has never been a better time to be a part of India’s digital revolution for the kirana store.

  • Facebook-Jio deal | M&A landscape will take on many shades Apr 29, 2020 12:16 PM IST

    Facebook-Jio deal | M&A landscape will take on many shades

    It’s going to be a buyer’s market, and the deal terms will reflect this dynamics

  • Facebook-Jio deal | A deal that can change the e-commerce space Apr 29, 2020 09:09 AM IST

    Facebook-Jio deal | A deal that can change the e-commerce space

    The Jio-Facebook alliance should trigger healthy rivalry and transform digital economy, benefitting all stakeholders

  • Facebook-Jio Deal | A big boost for India's retail sector Apr 24, 2020 09:52 AM IST

    Facebook-Jio Deal | A big boost for India's retail sector

    Millions of kirana stores are likely to become part of JioMart and reap benefits of scale and convenience for their customers. This will set an example of how, with clean practices, both physical and digital retail can co-exist and flourish.

  • Facebook-Jio Deal has the potential to change India’s e-space Apr 23, 2020 07:09 PM IST

    Facebook-Jio Deal has the potential to change India’s e-space

    This partnership has the potential to deliver significant results for India across multiple domains. Vision and ambition aside, both the companies need to realise each other’s strengths and core competencies to deliver on their promise.

  • Social Media | It’s time to be accountable Feb 24, 2020 01:49 PM IST

    Social Media | It’s time to be accountable

    The new clause in India’s proposed amendment of the Information Technology Act puts the onus on social media companies for non-user generated content shared on their platforms, hoping to curb circulation of misinformation, abusive and objectionable content.

  • Health | Coronavirus exposes India’s weak healthcare foundation Feb 19, 2020 09:55 AM IST

    Health | Coronavirus exposes India’s weak healthcare foundation

    While the current situation of COVID-19 in India is not a cause for alarm, this is another reminder that our public health system needs to be strengthened to face such situations.

  • WhatsApp Pay could change digital payments landscapes in India and globally Feb 14, 2020 09:24 AM IST

    WhatsApp Pay could change digital payments landscapes in India and globally

    WhatsApp’s acceptance and popularity among Indians is a key advantage for its payment offering Whatsapp Pay

  • Politics | Taiwan shows how to check Chinese influence Jan 21, 2020 01:38 PM IST

    Politics | Taiwan shows how to check Chinese influence

    The push by Taiwan’s civil society and youth against China’s influence in its domestic affairs and national politics has lessons for India which has to get more wary of its eastern neighbour and its ways.

  • Data Privacy | The making of a Surveillance State Dec 12, 2019 11:04 AM IST

    Data Privacy | The making of a Surveillance State

    India’s proposed Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 gives absolute power to the Centre to exempt its agencies from the purview of the Law if the Central Government is satisfied that it is necessary or expedient in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with the foreign States, public order

  • Privacy Matters | India needs a new law to regulate govt surveillance Dec 03, 2019 04:27 PM IST

    Privacy Matters | India needs a new law to regulate govt surveillance

    While the State’s surveillance on its citizens is legal under certain circumstances, it’s unconstitutional. There should be judicial surveillance on the authorities who have the power to allow surveillance on individuals to stop breach of power.

  • WhatsApp Snooping Case | Lessons to learn from this data breach Nov 07, 2019 01:05 PM IST

    WhatsApp Snooping Case | Lessons to learn from this data breach

    Data breaches are common, but the one by NSO Group’s Pegasus is the kind of data breach that requires strong State-level diplomatic and policy-based responses.

  • WhatsApp snooping case | Focus must be to find out who spied on Indian citizens Nov 05, 2019 09:51 AM IST

    WhatsApp snooping case | Focus must be to find out who spied on Indian citizens

    To single out WhatsApp, as the Union government has done, is to miss the larger point as far as India is concerned. It’s time not to quibble over technicalities of reporting the hacking, but to find out who bought the NSO Group’s Pegasus.

  • Policy | A solution to end the Internet privacy vs accountability impasse Sep 27, 2019 10:01 AM IST

    Policy | A solution to end the Internet privacy vs accountability impasse

    The government could transform the way WhatsApp is used by demanding smaller group sizes. This will constrain the spread of fake news and at the same time stick to Zuckerberg’s ‘privacy-focused’ vision of the platform being the ‘digital equivalent of the living room’.

  • Aadhaar and Social Media | It’s a delicate balance between security and privacy Aug 28, 2019 09:19 AM IST

    Aadhaar and Social Media | It’s a delicate balance between security and privacy

    The key issue of the debate is ‘traceability’ of social media posts or forwards as companies such as WhatsApp seek refuge under end-to-end encryption of messages

  • Wallet Wars | US, China fight it out. This time, it’s WhatsApp Pay vs Paytm May 07, 2019 02:24 PM IST

    Wallet Wars | US, China fight it out. This time, it’s WhatsApp Pay vs Paytm

    WhatsApp’s reach and acceptability in India are fine, but regulatory hurdles can make life hard for the Facebook firm

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