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

If Data Is Poor, Governance Will Be Poorer

Synopsis: Efficient data led to good policymaking and yield better results Introduction Today data emerges as a golden asset that is required to frame various strategies, government policies, and other things. How did the adequate data capture help people? Adequate data capture can help people in many ways. This is evident from various examples: India: Odisha is… Continue reading If Data Is Poor, Governance Will Be Poorer

The significance of the ” there is no data” answer

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand the government’s reluctance to release data Synopsis: Governments have the tendency to escape public scrutiny. In recent days, this has resulted in the government resorting to not releasing data on sensitive issues. Introduction It has often been found that governments have not provided data for issues that may show the… Continue reading The significance of the ” there is no data” answer