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Your phone indeed has ears that you may not know about

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Story Highlights Bengaluru-based Zapr Media Labs has developed a tech that listens to your ambient sounds to profile you for targeted advertising — all through your smartphone microphone. The tech makes its way into the user’s device with a code on third-par... 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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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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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 »