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Vinay Kesari

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OTT Regulation Redux – New facts, same old worries

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday released a consultation paper on ‘Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services’, thus bringing full-circle a process that began in March 2015 with the release of a similarly title... More »

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Convergence: An idea whose time has come?

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The recent news of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) being renamed the Digital Communications Regulatory Authority of India (DCRAI) and the government’s telecom policymaking body, the Telecom Commission, being rechristened Digital Communications... More »

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India’s stake in the global internet

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It is taken as gospel that India has a significant stake in the open, borderless global internet that all of us have become accustomed to. So far, however, it has not played a major role in shaping the norms and technical institutions that govern the internet.... More »

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The Aadhaar judgment and tech policymaking

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As the dust has settled on the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar, people searching for certainty as opposed to fuel for arguments have been sorely disappointed. Specifically on the issue of private sector use of Aadhaar, the judgment appears to upend current un... More »

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Data localisation and the danger of a ‘splinternet’

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Data localisation – the requirement that data be stored and processed physically within the territory of India – is not a term usually heard outside of the decidedly wonkish setting of digital policy conferences. However, it is now occupying column inches on t... More »

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A Great Firewall with Indic characteristics

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Story Highlights Policymaking often happens in silos with different regulators and departments sometimes working at cross purposes. However, in this case, they seem to be speaking from a similar script.The broad trends visible across all of these initiatives... More »

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Censorship in the age of Netflix

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The Indian state has an expansive legal toolkit when it comes to censorship of content, encompassing cinema, broadcast media, books, and newspapers and news magazines. Even live dramatic performances do not escape the possibility of censorship, thanks to the t... More »

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India’s upcoming encryption wars | FactorDaily

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In the space of two decades, encryption has gone from being a heavily restricted technology falling under the arms-control regime, to becoming a key enabler of all online communications and commerce. India’s regulations concerning encryption, however, continue... More »

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Public WiFi could finally be coming in from the cold

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Public WiFi sucks in India. There are no two ways about it: whether it’s sign-in pages that don’t load, SMS OTPs that never arrive, or low speeds and high latency, using a public WiFi network is something most of us do reluctantly at best. Given that India is ... More »