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Tech This Week | Regulating online pharmacies must be an inclusive exercise

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. The most exciting aspect of looking at tech policy is the sheer amount of sectors it intersects with. Given the nature of the pandemic, more of our world has moved online than ever before, and will continue to do...

All Things Policy: Should the State Set Rules for Content Moderation?

Reports suggest that India is looking to formulate guidelines for consistent content moderation across social media platforms. What triggered this development? Is it better than the status quo? Will uniform rules lead to content cartels? Rohan Seth and Prateek Waghre join Sowmya Nanadan to discuss.

Tech This Week | Should India have its own social media content moderation rules?

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Earlier this week, Economic Times (ET) broke the story that top officials had begun preliminary discussions on whether India should have its own guidelines on content moderation. What always strikes me when I read news around this subject is...

All Things Policy: Can Our Public Spaces Return to Normalcy?

The pandemic has transformed attitudes towards public spaces like schools, movie theatres, and offices. When can these return to normalcy? And how? Rohan Seth talks to Shambhavi Naik to better understand the state of play and is later joined by Yatin K Thakur from the Indian Workspace Association to understand...

Tech This Week | Amazon and Flipkart make lockdowns effective

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. One of the most important features of tech policy is the sheer number of disciplines it intersects with. With the pandemic getting worse, in India, we have gone back and forth on locking down areas to stop the spread of the virus....

All Things Policy: WhatsApp Pay Antitrust case

In a forty-one page order, The Competition Commission of India (CCI) last week ruled on an antitrust case on WhatsApp’s upcoming payments service. The order raised several crucial points, including the timing of the case and the current landscape of the Indian UPI payments space. Rohan Seth discusses the decision...

Tech This Week | The UPI payments space is in for its biggest shift yet

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Around 10 years ago, back when the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) was still prevalent, I remember trying to persuade a friend of mine to get himself a Blackberry phone so that we could chat on BBM. He countered me saying...

All Things Policy: How Big Tech Sees the World

Geographies and domestic politics have a profound impact on how big tech operates. This is evident when we examine the stance tech companies have taken on racial justice issues in the US, compared to protests in Hong Kong or intermediary liability in Pakistan. Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Prateek Waghre and...

Tech This Week | Forget TikTok, what India must focus on is semiconductors

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In case you have been following the news, developments around TikTok are hard to look away from. The app has been associated with Twitter, Apple, and Microsoft. Closer home, reports have surfaced claiming that ByteDance is in talks with...

All Things Policy: The Promise and Perils of Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology and its applications have been advancing, even in the absence of adequate privacy laws. Facial data is personal, sensitive, and potentially permanent – and it is being used for a wide range of applications in India and around the world. But are we addressing the challenges that...
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