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Opinion | E-commerce: Don’t let protectionism drive policy

It is hard to imagine how prohibiting high discounts and attractive offers is supposed to protect consumer interests. It is easier, however, to imagine how this move can help the “offline” stores in their competition against the online ones The new rules also mandate e-commerce companies to provide a domestic...

Takshashila Working Paper – Governance of DCNs I: Categorisation of Harms

This working paper is the first in a series of papers that will explore the governance of Digital Communication Networks (DCNs).  DCNs have been defined in the paper as composite entities consisting of: Capability: Internet-based products/services that enable instantaneous low-cost or free communication across geographic, social, and cultural boundaries. This...

Technopolitik #3 Of Myths and Delusions – Mirage of high-tech self-sufficiency,Porous Censorship,Emerging tech and risk reduction, 5GW, and Game of drones

Read the full edition and subscribe here Matsyanyaaya #1: High-Tech Self-Sufficiency is a Delusion — Pranay Kotasthane (An edited version of this article first appeared in Times of India Plus on 22nd June 2021) The near-daily cadence of reports highlighting China’s growing technology prowess has set the cat among the pigeons in many democracies....

MisDisMal-Information 45: Of crisis disciplines, breaking and fixing algorithms and democracies

This is an excerpt from Edition 45 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of crisis disciplines, breaking and fixing algorithms and democracies – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition The impact of digital communication networks on collective behaviour as a ‘crisis discipline’. The idea of ruining and fixing personal algorithms. Exporting...

Unshackle e-commerce for COVID recovery

This article was first published in The Hindu Business Line. Views are personal. While e-commerce is still in a nascent stage in India, it has been a key driver for growth. It has laid the foundation for India to adopt technology and withstand the effects of a global pandemic As...

MisDisMal-Information 44: Of Unbundling social media, fake news, importing conspiracies

This is an excerpt from Edition 44 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Unbundling social media, fake news, importing conspiracies – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition Various proposals to ‘unbundle’ social media platform features. Fake engagement and its negative externalities … Meanwhile, in India – Twitter’s travails, Conspiracy theories,...

MisDisMal-Information 43: Of the many influences of influence

This is an excerpt from Edition 43 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of the many influences of influence – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) The influence of Influence This was prompted by recent investigations on influence operations from India (DFRLabs -covered in 42) and Pakistan (Graphika Labs). I’ve divided the section into 3 parts:...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 42: Of Algo-Read’ems, (Col)Lapses in Time, Moderating Moderation

This is an excerpt from Edition 42 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Algo-Read’ems, (Col)Lapses in Time, Moderating Moderation – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) Curate and Algo-Read’em Last weekend, I ran a little poll on Twitter to try and find out how people sorted their feeds – algorithmically or reverse-chronologically. This...

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...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 41: Of Spaghetti on the wall, one nation one internet, fact(un)checked

This is an excerpt from Edition 41 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Spaghetti on the wall, one nation one internet, fact(un)checked – MisDisMal-Information Newsletter (substack.com) Not spaghetti on the wall In a study titled ‘Combining interventions to reduce the spread of viral misinformation’, a team comprising Joseph B. Bak-Coleman, Ian Kennedy,...
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