Atish Padhy

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All Things Policy: Can You Unbundle Social Media?

 Even as platforms struggle to balance their roles as both reluctant arbiters of truth and protectors of speech, the concentration of power in their hands concerns many scholars. Some proposals aim to strike a balance between competition and free...

What the COVID-19 second wave tells us about Twitter

The Covid-19 pandemic has given us several painful images in the last two years. During the first wave, the image that stayed with us was of migrant workers walking inhuman distances in the wake of an arbitrary national lockdown. During...

All Things Policy: What Next for Facebook and India?

 Whatsapp and Facebook have filed a petition against the Union Government challenging the traceability requirements in the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code notified on February 25, 2021. Suchir Kalra and Atish Padhy join Prateek Waghre to discuss...

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...

All Things Policy: The Life and Times of the Facebook Oversight Board

 Since its inception, the Facebook Oversight Board has been swamped with controversy, with some believing that the board is a useful mechanism for holding Facebook’s content moderation accountable, while others claiming that it is a PR tool for legitimizing...

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...

All Things Policy: How Can Citizens Make Cities Better?

 While Indians lavish attention on general and state elections, democracy at the municipal tends to be ignored or hijacked by extraneous issues. In this episode, Suman Joshi, programme manager for Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, makes the case...

All Things Policy: Lessons to Learn on Big Tech Regulation

 Both the US and Europe have attempted to regulate ‘Big Tech’ effectively. Soon, it will be India’s turn to work out new ground rules for these novel technologies and business practices. Atish Padhy and Saurabh Modi join Anirudh Kanisetti...

All Things Policy: Should 2020 be a Zero Year for Education?

 The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened inequalities in India’s education sector. While many schools and colleges have resorted to online classes, millions of students struggle to get access to the required technology. Should India consider declaring 2020 a zero year,...

What we don’t talk about when we talk about ‘Big Tech’

While the world speculates what a Biden administration is likely to look like, those in the technology space, including journalists and researchers, seem to agree that the severe scrutiny of ‘Big Tech’ companies, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook, is likely...
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