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Consent in the digital age

One of the hardest parts about working in tech policy is explaining to people what the work entails. Recently, I met a long-lost friend from high school. Like most people who you meet after a while, he ended up asking me what I was working on these days. It was one of those...

The Murky Waters of Kerala’s Knowledge Economy Mission

The Union, States, and other stakeholders can reap benefits from broad-based employment platforms like the Kerala Knowledge Economy Mission. But for such technological innovations to succeed, they require more nuance, engagement, and diversity at the design stage to cater to the needs of all of Kerala’s unemployed. Read the article...

Digital health cooperation with Israel is in India’s health interest

By Shambhavi Naik and Gedaliah Afterman India’s dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases has refocused the local debate on the mismatch between demand and supply of medical services across the country. This discrepancy is aggravated by local lockdowns impeding access to doctors and fear of infection, as people are encouraged to seek...

Takshashila Issue Paper – Economic Implications of WhatsApp’s Lawsuit against the Government of India

Download the Issue Paper as a PDF Executive Summary India’s new Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules (IT rules, 2021) enforced a requirement on platforms that provide messaging services to trace the “first originator” of unlawful content. This presents fundamental difficulties for encrypted platforms. Challenging...

Hand Me the Paper #9

A newsletter that chomps through PDFs and brings you the hottest content from the very niche world of tech-academia. Bite-sized. I do a fair bit of reading. I read 52 books last year and am doing it again this year. Starting this year, I also plan on reading more academic papers around tech and...

Hand Me the Paper #8

You can subscribe to the newsletter here. I do a fair bit of reading. I read 52 books last year and am doing it again this year. Starting this year, I also plan on reading more academic papers around tech and policy. Recording my readings and (sometimes, observations + annotated copies on this newsletter)....

MisDisMal-Information #34

This is an excerpt from Edition 34 of MisDisMal-Information:  For the complete edition, go to:  Of Hex, Lies and (not just)Video deepfakes – MisDisMal-Information Newsletter (substack.com) Of Hex, Lies and (not just)Video deepfakes Hex, Big Lies and Consequential facts Warning: This portion contains some spoilers for Disney’s WandaVision. After the events of Avenger’s...

Hand me The Paper #7

A newsletter that chomps through PDFs and brings you the hottest content from the very niche world of tech-academia. Bite-sized. I do a fair bit of reading. I read 52 books last year and am doing it again this year. Starting this year, I also plan on reading more academic papers around tech and...

Hand Me the Paper #6

You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Hand Me the Paper #6 A newsletter that chomps through PDFs and brings you the hottest content from the very niche world of tech-academia. Bite-sized. I do a fair bit of reading. I read 52 books last year and am doing it again this year. Starting this...

Decoding the Signals Surrounding Signal’s Success

The defining feature of 21st-century innovation has been the reduction of friction. The most successful companies of our times – Google, Facebook, Uber, and so on – follow what economists David S. Evans and Richard Schmalensee call the “Matchmaker” business model.  These companies make their money by making it easier...
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