Publications

Intermediary guidelines might infringe on privacy

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. If you try to keep up to date with the tech policy debates in India, intermediary liability is one of those few...

The PLA Insight: CMC Decrees; Cyber Security Rules; PLA & Virus; Karachi-bound Ship with Missiles; Modernisation Impacted; Defence Statistics, & more

I. The Big Story: CMC Decrees and Measures Tightening Security: China has tightened the confidentiality rules for overseas cooperation and arms fairs as the PLA steps up exchanges with foreign counterparts....

All Things Policy: Reading the Economist 24

In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan is joined by Anirudh Kanisetti and Suyash Desai to discuss the failure of UN peacemaking, arms sales in the Middle East, and...

The PLA Insight: PLA, Equifax and Espionage; Taiwan-PRC Scrambles; PLA & Virus; India & China; Nuke Forces; Arms Sale; Social Credit System and more

I. The Big Story: PLA, Equifax and Espionage The US’s Department of Justice announced the indictment of four Chinese PLA service members in connection with the 2017 Equifax breach on February 10. The indictment...

All Things Policy: Competition and Reassurance in the Indo-Pacific

Is China now playing nice after years of assertiveness? Does India’s policy of “evasive balancing” make any sense? Manoj Kewalramani and Suyash Desai join Aditya Ramanathan to debate new ideas...

All Things Policy: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt2

As the coronavirus continues to take a lethal toll across the world, Manoj Kewalramani and Shambhavi Naik take stock of recent developments and try to make a better sense of...

Eye on China: Coronavirus Cases Spike – Modi’s Letter – Indo-Pacific Funding – Huawei – CPEC Woes

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective.  I. Coronavirus Update There have been a bunch of...

All Things Policy: Caste Away

After hundreds of years of caste endogamy, one would think that Indian society would be far more open to intercaste marriages than it actually is. Shambhavi Naik and Sarthak Pradhan...

All Things Policy: Dissing Misinformation

Facebook recently stated that a doctored video of U.S. congresswoman Nancy Pelosi did not violate community guidelines. So what constitutes fake news? And what are the big social media companies...

Nuclear Reflections #0: An Introduction

Nuclear weapons are in vogue once again. They make headlines every few weeks, if not every other day. Indeed, Russia’s fancy new weapons do echo the days of the Cold...

All Things Policy: Reading the Economist 23

In this week’s Reading the Economist, Aditya Ramanathan, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Sarthak Pradhan explore everything from the consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade to Britain’s nuclear deterrent, the economic costs...

The PLA Insight: Issue no 40: PLA’s Fight with Corona virus; US-China Tensions; Type 15 Tanks; S-400; Cambodia’s Naval Base; Type 055 Cruisers; & more

I. The Big Story: PLA’s Fight with the Virus The coronavirus outbreak is far from coming under control, and the PLA has sprung in action to fight it. President Xi Jinping...

Tackling Information Disorder, the malaise of our times

This article was originally published in Deccan Herald. The term ‘fake news’ – popularised by a certain world leader – is today used as a catch-all term for any situation...

Nearing Doomsday?

As we begin our journey into the third decade of the 21st century, the Doomsday Clock strikes 100 seconds to midnight, the closest in history, thus telling us that we...

All Things Policy: India versus the Internet

Nearly six months after the internet shutdown in J&K, the Union government’s decision to partially lift the shutdown has been riddled with controversy. Why is this judgement so controversial? In...

Fact-checking alone won’t be enough in fight against fake news

Google has recently announced a $1 million grant to help fight misinformation in India. This could not have come at a better time. Misinformation has is a reality and bi-product...

The Compound Eye – N95 masks, data mismanagement and science miscommunication

India bans export of PPE As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the world and reaches our shores, India banned the exports of PPE on 31st January. The actual utility of the N95...

The scientific argument for marrying outside your caste

Bengaluru: As India becomes more globalised, there are intense deliberations in orthodox families on the merits of getting married within their own community. The obvious go-to-market strategy is to ask for...

Takshashila Blue Paper: Governing Tech Platforms in India

The Takshashila Institution hosted a roundtable on 24 January 2020 to discuss policy solutions to some of the unique issues in platform marketplaces. Finding the balance between mitigating the harm...

All Things Policy: Fighting the Coronavirus Pt1

The coronavirus continues to spread across China and beyond. The WHO has declared a global health emergency, and governments across the world are rushing to contain it. But it’s a...

Coronavirus outbreak, N95 masks, traditional medicine and other burning questions — answered

The coronavirus outbreak originating in China has made its way across the globe, with nearly 12,000 confirmed cases. There are three confirmed cases in India as of 5 February 2020. There is...

We need to revise our approach to anonymised data

Data is a complex, dynamic issue. We often like to make large buckets where we want to classify it. The Personal Data Protection Bill does this by making five broad...

All Things Policy: The Challenge of Theatre Commands

India’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat announced that the armed forces would transition to theatre commands in the next three years. Why does India need theatre commands and...

All Things Policy: Does the Budget Matter

Union Budgets are an annual ritual marked by pageantry and breathless commentary. But how important are they? In this episode, Anupam Manur and Pranay Kotasthane discuss how the budget really...

Wuhan and the Need for Improved Global Biosecurity

The Wuhan coronavirus, or nCoV-2019, is likely to become a pandemic in the coming weeks, having already infected at least 17,000 and killed some 400. The World Health Organization has belatedly declared...

All Things Policy: The Dilemmas of Nuclear Security

How big a threat is a nuclear terrorism? How did the AQ Khan network really work? And is arms control dead? In this special episode, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice...

Budget and Cybersecurity, a missed opportunity

This article original appeared in Deccan Chronicle. In the lead up to the 2020 Budget, the industry looked forward to two major announcements with respect to cyber security. First, the...

All Things Policy: China’s AI Ambitions and Nuclear Weapons

China’s has an ambitious plan to use artificial intelligence to transform its armed forces. But how would such changes affect nuclear stability? Lora Saalman, a leading expert on the subject...

Eye on China: Coronavirus Outbreak – Huawei Gains – Arms Production – CPEC – US Spy Scandal – Tibet Legislation

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective.  I. The Coronavirus Outbreak Cases & Fatalities: The campaign to...

Data Protection Bill set to bring yet another shock for companies

The debate and protests around the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens have dominated headlines around the nation, and rightfully so. While public attention and the news...
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