Digitisation of farm data needs awareness

Synopsis: Digitisation of data relating to farmers, and how private participation can strengthen agriculture. Introduction Government recently roped in corporate houses on a pro-bono (free of charge) basis in select areas for one year for digitisation of data related to Indian agriculture. These would be scaled up if found useful. A ‘Digital Agricultural Mission‘ has… Continue reading Digitisation of farm data needs awareness

How do we protect children in the Digital Age?

Synopsis: Protecting children has become far harder in the digital era. Introduction Recently, a whistle-blower of Facebook, Frances Haugen, accused Facebook of hurting children and harming democracy by promoting social divisions. She tried to reveal the technical depths of the problem that the young consumers of the Facebook face. For instance, she tried to explain… Continue reading How do we protect children in the Digital Age?

Should we be worried about how technology is changing the human condition?

Synopsis: Fears about algorithms designed for addiction, advances in AI are grounded in recent revelations about corporate greed and government surveillance. Why expecting the social media corporates to self-regulate themselves is an absurd idea? Inaction of social media corporates: Social media corporates are well aware of the moral uncertainty towards the consequences of their products… Continue reading Should we be worried about how technology is changing the human condition?

Seeding a data revolution in Indian agriculture

Synopsis: Two consultation paper, one by the Ministry of Agriculture and the other by Bain were released recently. They both talk about leveraging digital technology for helping farmers and supporting their livelihoods. Introduction The first consultation paper is on the India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture (IDEA) from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW). It talks… Continue reading Seeding a data revolution in Indian agriculture

Data regulation is undergoing a significant revolution

Synopsis: Technology businesses are most effectively regulated through a judicious mix of law and technology. To regulating technology, we cannot have one without the other. Introduction At a high-level ministerial meeting recently, seven countries came together to endorse a techno-legal approach to data regulation. The participating delegates committed to exploring how technical frameworks such as… Continue reading Data regulation is undergoing a significant revolution

Covering the gaps in the game of data

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand the role of data in evidence-based policymaking. Synopsis: The “statistical vaccum” in India can be bridged with decentralization and if states build their own quality databases Introduction The e-Governance and penetration of the internet have made data the new talking point in Governance. The role of data and politics has… Continue reading Covering the gaps in the game of data

Pegasus has given privacy legislation a jab of urgency

Source: Livemint Relevance: Impact of the Pegasus spyware issue Synopsis: Pegasus has shown just how easy it now is for governments to spy on people. Such tools being in wide use has given rise to calls for legislative action to keep them under democratic supervision. Background In light of the Pegasus spyware issue, a need… Continue reading Pegasus has given privacy legislation a jab of urgency