4G, 5G or 6G, all need wireless backhaul

News: The recent Parliamentary Committee report titled, “India’s Preparedness for 5G” states that while 59 countries had deployed 5G, India had not done so. In this regard, the Parliamentary Committee has highlighted the issues/challenges that are hampering India’s transition towards 5G technology. What are the issues/challenges highlighted by the Parliamentary Committee? – Inadequate spectrum, with… Continue reading 4G, 5G or 6G, all need wireless backhaul

Law for national security: Vital point on rights is sidestepped in the way SC’s Pegasus case is framed

News: A month back, Supreme Court had appointed an independent expert technical committee to examine allegations that the government used an Israeli spyware, Pegasus, to snoop on its own citizens. This decision of SC received near-universal acclaim, reaffirming its institutional credibility. But, the constitutional court could have done more in terms of the outcome of… Continue reading Law for national security: Vital point on rights is sidestepped in the way SC’s Pegasus case is framed

Union Ministry of Electronics & IT, Govt of Andhra Pradesh and NASSCOM launch ‘Centre of Excellence of IoT and AI’ in Visakhapatnam

What is the News? National Association of Software and Services Companies(NASSCOM) in a joint partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) and the Government of Andhra Pradesh has inaugurated the ‘Centre of Excellence on IoT and AI’. What is the Centre of Excellence on IoT and AI? The Center of Excellence on IoT… Continue reading Union Ministry of Electronics & IT, Govt of Andhra Pradesh and NASSCOM launch ‘Centre of Excellence of IoT and AI’ in Visakhapatnam

System to track prisoners on parole

What is the News? The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued directions to all the states and the Union Territories on a system to track prisoners on parole. What are the directions given by the Centre to track prisoners on parole? Firstly, States should update recent photographs of prisoners released on parole/ furlough/premature release… Continue reading System to track prisoners on parole

Telecom secretary asks C-DoT to work on 6G, launches Quantum Communication Lab

What is the News? The Government of India has asked the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) to begin developing 6G and other futuristic technologies to catch up with the global market in time. What is 6G Technology? 6G (sixth-generation wireless) is the successor to 5G cellular technology. 6G networks will be able to use… Continue reading Telecom secretary asks C-DoT to work on 6G, launches Quantum Communication Lab

Shipping Minister launches ‘MyPortApp’ for digital monitoring of port operations

What is the news?  Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways launched a port mobile application called “MyPortApp” in Kolkata today.  Also, inauguration of a 1 Mega Watt solar plant in Haldia port to produce renewable energy for port operations.  What are some key features of the “MyPortApp”? The App includes all port details digitally and monitor operations virtually, is aimed to promote… Continue reading Shipping Minister launches ‘MyPortApp’ for digital monitoring of port operations

Launch of I-Sprint’21: IFSCA’s Global FinTech Hackathon Series Sprint01: BankTech

What is the news?  I-Sprint21, the global FinTech Hackathon Series of IFSCA was launched recently, where the first Sprint of the series “Sprint01: BankTech” is focussed on FinTechs for the Banking sector.  Sprint 01: BankTech is hosted jointly by IFSCA and GIFT city in collaboration with NITI Aayog. In Union Budget 2020-21 finance minister envisaged on supporting a “World Class FinTech Hub” at GIFT IFSC.  What is Sprint01: BankTech hackathon? Under… Continue reading Launch of I-Sprint’21: IFSCA’s Global FinTech Hackathon Series Sprint01: BankTech

The use of NFTs by cyber games can explain their utility

Synopsis: NFTs provide the assurance of immutability and guarantee of uniqueness. However, most of the cutting-edge innovation in NFTs are taking place in the gaming space. Introduction When a person purchases the non-fungible tokens (NFT) of a work of digital art, he is not buying the artwork itself. He is just purchasing a record on… Continue reading The use of NFTs by cyber games can explain their utility

Swooping down on algorithms

Synopsis: China’s draft rules on regulating recommendation algorithms address pressing issues. Lessons for India. Introduction China has pursued aggressive measures in its tech sector in the past few months. A host of legislative instruments are in the process of being adopted, including the Personal Information Protection Law, the Cybersecurity Law, and the draft Internet Information… Continue reading Swooping down on algorithms

5G spectrum auction to allot airwaves may not happen before 2023

What is the news? According to internal consultations in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the 5G spectrum auctions will be held in the last quarter of the financial year 2022-23 (FY23). The 5G auction would include 3,300 MHz to 3,600 MHz bands along with the milimetre waves. The base price for the 5G spectrum is around Rs 3.63 trillion.… Continue reading 5G spectrum auction to allot airwaves may not happen before 2023

Cybersecurity can be made agile with zero-shot AI

Synopsis: Zero shot AI model can help to develop a robust and adaptive cybersecurity defence against new attacks. What makes AI a reliable tool in cybersecurity? The ability to learn from large volumes of data and find patterns of abnormal behaviour makes AI and particularly machine learning (ML) attractive in cybersecurity. ML algorithms can be… Continue reading Cybersecurity can be made agile with zero-shot AI

Regulatory limbo: Digital markets are fast expanding. We need an umbrella law for platforms

Synopsis: India needs to speed up its regulatory architecture in line with the pace of adoption of digital marketplaces. Introduction One consequence of lockdowns imposed across the world during COVID was the quickening pace of economic transactions shifting from physical to digital marketplaces. Eighteen months since the pandemic hit, societies have moved towards more engagements… Continue reading Regulatory limbo: Digital markets are fast expanding. We need an umbrella law for platforms

Software to help paramilitary forces in transparent postings

What is the News? The Central paramilitary forces are all set to soon implement a software-based rotational transfer policy between the hard and soft posting of their personnel.  What is Software Based Rotational Transfer Policy? In 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs had asked the Central paramilitary forces to implement the software-based rotational transfer policy… Continue reading Software to help paramilitary forces in transparent postings

Banning Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction A parliamentary standing committee on Home Affairs has urged the central government to block Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) in India. The recommendations come months after the central government liberalized the Other Service Providers (OSPs) sector by recommending the official use of VPNs, to facilitate the remote working ability for India’s massive… Continue reading Banning Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) – Explained, pointwise

Protect Digital India: About the challenges associated with banning VPNs

Synopsis: Understand the issues associated with banning VPNs. Introduction The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs discovered that VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) might conceivably allow anonymous activity online. So, the committee recommended that the Ministry of Home Affairs collaborate with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to develop a coordination mechanism to block VPNs.… Continue reading Protect Digital India: About the challenges associated with banning VPNs

New online platform to promote reuse, repair, recycle e-waste

Source: This post is based on the article “New online platform to promote reuse, repair, recycle e-waste“ published in Down to Earth on 31st August 2021. What is the News? IIT Madras is developing an online platform called “e-Source” to tackle electronic wastes (e-waste) by linking stakeholders in the formal and informal economy. About e-Source… Continue reading New online platform to promote reuse, repair, recycle e-waste

Government launches QSim – Quantum Computer Simulator Toolkit

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology has launched the country’s first ‘Quantum Computer Simulator (QSim) Toolkit’.  About QSim – Quantum Computer Simulator Toolkit: QSim is a first-of-its-kind toolkit that enables researchers and students to carry out research in Quantum Computing in a cost-effective manner. Built by: Indian… Continue reading Government launches QSim – Quantum Computer Simulator Toolkit

MoE’s Innovation Cell, AICTE and BPR&D launched MANTHAN- 2021 hackathon

Source: PIB What is the News? Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have jointly launched MANTHAN-2021. About MANTHAN-2021: Organized by: Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in coordination with the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education and AICTE. Purpose: Manthan is a hackathon based… Continue reading MoE’s Innovation Cell, AICTE and BPR&D launched MANTHAN- 2021 hackathon

Government launches Yuktdhara portal to facilitate Geo-spatial planning of MGNREGA assets

Source: PIB What is the News? The Ministry of Rural Development has launched a new geospatial planning portal named  ‘Yuktdhara’. About Yuktdhara Portal: Yuktdhara is a geospatial planning portal under Bhuvan. Purpose: The portal will help in facilitating new MGNREGA assets using remote sensing and geographic information system-based data. Developed by: The portal is a… Continue reading Government launches Yuktdhara portal to facilitate Geo-spatial planning of MGNREGA assets

Data science and digital coding could soon be the new English

Source: Livemint What is the news? World Economic Forum (WEF) recently came out with its report titled – The Future of Jobs. Significance The report tries to answer this question – will Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology take over our jobs? Findings Double-disruption: Automation, in tandem with the COVID-19 recession, is creating a ‘double-disruption’ scenario for… Continue reading Data science and digital coding could soon be the new English

In a world first, South Africa grants patent to an artificial intelligence system

Source: The Hindu What is the news? Recently, South Africa granted a patent to an Artificial Intelligence system named DABUS, for invention of “food containers based on fractal geometry”.  The AI has designed interlocking food containers that are easy for robots to grasp. It should be noted that the UK’s Intellectual Property Office and the… Continue reading In a world first, South Africa grants patent to an artificial intelligence system