Publications

Why India needs to be the centre for content moderation reform

You could put a price tag on what it costs to keep platforms clean of harmful content. $52 million is a good starting point (and an underestimation). But the learnings...

Eye on China: Border Scuffles – Taiwan & WHO – SCO & Quad – Rajapaksa’s Praise – Trump’s Threat

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. Boundary Scuffles It’s a bit of a cliche...

The Compound Eye – The EIA, ICMR and A (non) Free Rider

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020 In March The Ministry of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE proposed a notification to replace the 2006 EIA notification. The notification deals with assessing environmental...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: Increasing COVID-19 Testing Capacity in India

By Shambhavi Naik Executive Summary: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic rests on the ability to test for infected patients quickly and at scale. Exhaustive testing underpins effective containment strategies,...

All Things Policy: India’s Post-COVID Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a lasting impact on the global order. While Sino-US competition is expected to accelerate, middle powers like India could enjoy greater bargaining capabilities...

India’s Bargaining Power with China and US will Grow in Post Covid World

Covid-19 is likely to accelerate the competition and confrontation between the US and China, and simultaneously reduce the global authority of both by eroding their absolute power and legitimacy. The...

Arms Imports and the GSQR Problem

India retained its position as the second biggest importer of arms for the period 2015-19 according to the SIPRI Report released on 28 April 2020. On 8 May, Gen Bipin Rawat, India’s...

What the Modi Govt Could Learn From Kautilya and His Take on the Role of Experts

Kautilya’s Arthashastra prescribes that ‘in an urgent matter, the king should seek opinions and make a decision based on what the majority among them declare or what the ruler thinks...

All Things Policy: Going Conventional

The death of nuclear arms control seems imminent. But what about conventional arms? In this episode, Aditya Ramanathan and Pranav RS talk to Dr. Ulrich Kühn about the history of...

All Things Policy: Facebook’s Supreme Court

Facebook has announced a 20-member content oversight board that many are calling a “Supreme Court”. Are 20 members really enough to moderate all the content on Facebook? What does this...

BRI in the post-Covid world

Earlier this month, a piece by Bee Chun Boo, Martin David and Ben Simpfendorfer discussed the challenges that the post-Covid world is likely to bring for China’s Belt and Road...

How to maintain labour networks, when the second wave of infections hits India ?

When the first lockdown was announced, India witnessed a major migrant crisis. Migrant labourers, working in the informal sector, came out in large numbers to go back to their hometowns....

India as Nuclear Weapon State is Now a Young Adult, Its Nuclear Policy Needs to Grow Up

India’s status as a nuclear power has reached adulthood. At the age of 22, it was continued to maintain its long-standing posture of no-first use (NFU. However, confusing and contradictory...

All Things Policy: Command of the Officer

A recent attack in northern Kashmir killed the Commanding Officer (CO) and three other soldiers of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles. But why was the CO in battle? What’s his role?...

Don’t let your dislike of Yogi Adityanath get in the way. Labour reform is a good idea

Unless you belong to the ideological Left — and even if you do — it is impossible to argue that India’s complex web of labour regulations serve the public interest....

Tech This Week | Will Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ make the internet a safer place?

An intended and anticipated consequence of this board is that it will instil more transparency into the process of what stays up and why. By reporting on what the board...

All Things Policy: WhatsApp with Jio-Facebook?

Facebook – which owns WhatsApp – has recently acquired a stake in Reliance Jio. This might have profound implications for the future of Indian e-commerce and telecommunications. Rohan Seth and...

Crowds at booze stores reveal an addled approach to policy

The long queues outside liquor stores last week attracted a lot of attention, commentary and government reaction. Many people were dismayed that among the first things their compatriots did after...

Why govt must address the question of access inequity before making mobile apps mandatory during COVID-19

…. The Issues Several concerns have been raised about the implications on multiple fronts. Privacy, and the risk of its evolution into a vehicle for mass surveillance. Security, and the...

MisDisMal-Information #3 – This Week In Information Disorder Letter

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...

All Things Policy: India: The World’s Factory?

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the risks of depending on China for global manufacturing. Is this a call for India to manufacture for the world instead? What will it actually...

The PLA Insight: The South China Sea; US to Rearm Against the PLA RF; PLA MC; Submarine Tunnels; INDSR Publication; Taiwan’s Missile

I. The Big Story: More on the South China Sea The Liaoning aircraft carrier strike group, after month-long military exercises near Taiwan and in the South China Sea, has finally returned to Qingdao...

Eye on China: Diplomatic Push – Nepal Interference – Normalcy Returning – EU Edited – Origins Fight

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. In China China was holidaying for much of...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: India in the Post COVID-19 World Order

By Pranay Kotasthane, Akshay Alladi, Anirudh Kanisetti, and Anupam Manur Executive Summary COVID-19 is likely to accelerate the competition and confrontation between the US and China, and simultaneously reduce the...

All Things Policy: The Virus Ravages West Asia

COVID-19 is taking a terrible human toll in West Asia even as it re-wires the region’s geopolitics in surprising ways. Prateek Waghre talks to Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan about...

All Things Policy: How MAD Was the Cold War?

Many accounts of the Cold War accept the theory of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). But did leaders and policymakers actually believe in MAD? And if they did, why did they...

All Things Policy: When Will We Get A Vaccine

What are the challenges in developing a vaccine for Covid-19? How soon can we have one? And what if there is none? Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit join Aditya Ramanathan...

THE CO IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE CO

The tragic loss of Col Ashutosh Sharma, the Commanding Officer (CO) of 21 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) along with Major Anuj Sood, two jawans and a Sub-Inspector in North Kashmir on...

Like an MEA to help NRIs in crisis, India needs a system for its internal migrants too

India’s treatment of its migrant population has been a disgrace. We must redeem ourselves by admitting our failures and devising policy approaches that are sensitive, humane and respectful of individual...

All Things Policy: Containing the Misinformation Virus

The spread of misinformation has complicated the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the misinformation ecosystem has thrived on both the novelty of the virus and pre-existing social biases....
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