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MisDisMal-Information Edition 12

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com What is this?This newsletter aims to track information disorder largely from an Indian perspective. It will also look at some global campaigns and research What...

Tech This Week | What we learned from the US antitrust inquiry

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. This week gave us one of the most significant developments in antitrust that we have had in a long...

Eye on China: LAC Talks – Wang Yi’s Quad – CPEC Terror – ‘Dual Circulation’ – PLA Anniversary – XPCC Sanctions – Cold War – HK Divide – AIIB Speech

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties As I write, Indian and Chinese...

The People’s Liberation Army is strong. But it has four weaknesses

It hasn’t fought since 1979; it has been corrupt; it lacks skilled personnel; and it has financial issues The People’s Republic of China (PRC) will be celebrating the 93rd founding...

The PLA @ 93; Sino-Indian Tension: No Further Disengagement; SCS: Regional States Balancing, but not Australia; PLA’s Overseas Operations, more

I. The Big Story: The PLA @ 93 The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is turning 93 years old today (August 1, 2020). But the celebrations, unlike the past, are without much...

Are we seeing the beginnings of an ‘Indian internet’?

Almost a month ago, the Ministry of Information Technology took the unprecedented step of banning 59 apps/services on the purported grounds that these services were prejudicial to the sovereignty and...

Anticipating the Unintended #54: Missing the Ocean for the Water Purifier

This newsletter is really a weekly public policy thought-letter. While excellent newsletters on specific themes within public policy already exist, this thought-letter is about frameworks, mental models, and key ideas that...

What is driving China’s aggression?

There has been growing debate in recent times in India and other countries about China’s aggression. What’s driving Beijing to engage in contests on multiple fronts, be it Hong Kong,...

Eye on China: Disengagement Progressing – Bhutan Dispute – Patriotic Entrepreneurs – Xi’s UAVs – US Espionage – Ren Sacked – Houston-Chengdu

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties Indian and Chinese military commanders are...

Tech This Week | Apple’s Anti-trust Hearing May Be an Exercise in Cross Talking

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In an event that is set to send sparks flying throughout the global tech ecosystem, the CEOs of Apple,...

The PLA Insight: The Sino-Indian Border: No Further Disengagement; it’s a Long-haul; South China Sea; Visa Fraud; Amphibious Vessels; Low-Intensity Conflict: Taiwan

I. The Big Story: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute: No Further Disengagement; it’s a Long-haul Multiple reports have now indicated that there has been no further disengagement between China and India since...

The environment and economy can be friends

Are economic development and environment preservation antithetical to one another? The clear answer is no. It is possible to have clean air and water, less pollution and still be a...

Avoid that sink(ing) feeling before you do the dishes. Dishwasher is the new washing machine

After booming sales over the past couple of months, dishwashers are in short supply in many Indian cities. The waiting period for some of the reputed brands is as long as two months....

Anticipating the Unintended #52: Trade Surplus, Truth Deficit

This newsletter is really a weekly public policy thought-letter. While excellent newsletters on specific themes within public policy already exist, this thought-letter is about frameworks, mental models, and key ideas that...

Eye on China: Slow Disengagement – Wobbly Revival – South China Sea – HK Act – CPEC Boost – SMIC IPO – Floods in China – Huawei’s Woes – CCP Sanctions

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. The Slow Disengagement Ground Situation: Another week and another...

India should deploy naval power to acquire leverage over China

My argument in these pages over the past month has been that India cannot deter Chinese expansionism in the Himalayas unless we show credible capacity to hurt China’s interests elsewhere...

Tech This Week | The Personal Data Protection Bill in the context of the Twitter hack

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In case you have not been following the news, earlier this week, Twitter was the subject of a very...

The US’s “Change of Policy” in the South China Sea; The Sino-Indian Border; Japan’s Military Revival; Taiwan’s Han Kuang 韩匡; NDU’s Def Forum, more

I. The Big Stories 1) The US’s “New Approach” to the South China Sea? The United States’ Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in his latest speech, unveiled the country’s “new...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 10

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com What is this?This newsletter aims to track information disorder largely from an Indian perspective. It will also look at some global campaigns and research What...

India’s struggle to impose a ‘Google Tax’

India introduced a tax on e-commerce companies in the February Union Budget. What’s unusual about it? Don’t all companies have to pay a tax on their profits? Yes, but this...

Understanding Implications of Hong Kong’s Tech Ecosystem Changes for India

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. Views are personal. While the pandemic rages on, the Chinese leadership in Beijing has tightened its control over Hong Kong. Earlier in...

Blurring the Heimdall’s Vision: Imposing Shutter Control on Remote Sensing Satellite

Rahul Verma is a former student of the GCPP (Tech and Policy) Programme. Views are personal. The full article can be accessed at The Tilak Chronicle. “International Surveillance Agency for...

Anticipating the Unintended #51: Unka Ek Sawaal, Hamare Do-Do Jawaab

This newsletter is really a public policy thought-letter. While excellent newsletters on specific themes within public policy already exist, this thought-letter is about frameworks, mental models, and key ideas that will...

Radio, Buddies & More: Alternatives For Students Without Internet

With the COVID-19 pandemic’s requirement for social distancing, it will be difficult to physically reopen schools. When schools in Israel reopened, clusters of COVID-19 cases were reported from them and...

Capacity is not what’s hindering India’s testing rate, government price caps are

India cannot control the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic unless the governmental authorities stay in mission mode and get better at the ‘test, trace and isolate’ strategy, as I wrote in my column a couple...

Anticipating the Unintended #50: Sunday Double Bill: Ab Tak Chappal & Close Encounters of The Third Kind

This newsletter is really a weekly public policy thought-letter. While excellent newsletters on specific themes within public policy already exist, this thought-letter is about frameworks, mental models, and key ideas that...

Eye on China: LAC Disengagement – Rectification & Political Security – HK Banks, Raid & Tech – Xinjiang Sanctions – Tibet’s Sinicization – Pak Drones

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties Much has happened through the week...

Tech This Week | Data is not national wealth, must not be regulated in same manner

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Over the last few years in tech policy, one thing has been clear. There is a strong tendency within...

The Sino-Indian Border Problems: Disengagement and De-escaltion; South China Sea; New START; Taiwan Arms Sale; System Overload; Arms Sale in Europe

I. The Big Story: Disengagement Now and De-escalation Hopefully Soon? This week witnessed limited disengagement between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at multiple points along the...

The final-year exam fiasco

The University Grants Commission is the top boss governing policies of all universities in India. It oversees about 800 universities encompassing about 40,000 colleges. Of these, 49 are central universities,...
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