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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...

MisDisMal-Information 46: Outrage against the machine, digital communication networks, link rot

This is an excerpt from Edition 46 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Outrage against the machine, digital communication networks, link rot – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition Outrage as a genre Information about Takshashila’s course on Technology and Policy Identity, News and Digital Communication Networks...

Why liberal democracies have a distinct edge on cyber capability

According to a recent report on the cyber capabilities of 15 countries, the US is the world’s only cyber superpower. China is the leading power in the next tier, along with Russia, the UK, Israel, France, Australia and Canada. India is placed in the third tier, alongside Iran, Japan, Malaysia,...

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...

‘Gray zone’ intrigue may derail Russia-Japan cooperation

Read the Full Text of the Article on Asia Times  Rightly or wrongly, Moscow may interpret recent events as ‘war by other means’ waged by US ally Japan Russia and its adversaries are equally obsessed with a full spectrum of “gray zone” activities, including high-tech military, industrial and corporate espionage. While Russia does...

Technopolitik #2 Fog of War – DARPA wannabes, Autonomous Weapons, Influence Operations,and Japan’s Siliconpolitik move

Read the full edition and subscribe here Competitive Advantage: Everyone Wants to DARPA — Pranay Kotasthane Japan. The UK. Germany. Even the US. These countries are now attempting their own versions of the original Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The success of DARPA’s 2013 grant to Moderna for using m-RNA...

How to beat China in the high-tech race

The near-daily cadence of reports highlighting China’s growing technology prowess has set the cat among the pigeons in many democracies. In response, these countries are now offering higher subsidies and fatter incentives to increase the competitiveness of their own technology industries. The US Senate, for instance, passed a $250 billion...

Cyber threats now sit alongside nuclear ones – India needs a formal national strategy

The US-Russian meeting in Geneva on 15 June signified an attempt by both sides to arrest the pace of a worsening relationship. The US, as the aggrieved party, accused the Russians of cyberattacks. US President Joe Biden handed over a list of 16 ‘critical infrastructure’ entities and warned that if they were attacked, the US will respond in a ‘cyber way’. Russian...
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