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 proposal to link Aadhaar with Voter ID is unconstitutional

Synopsis: Recently, ECI proposed de-duplication of Voter ID by linking it with Aadhar. This needs careful consideration. Introduction This week marks 3 years of the Puttaswamy judgement. In the Judgement, a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court (SC) had reduced the scope of the Aadhaar project to contain its risks to the privacy of citizens.… Continue reading The proposal to link Aadhaar with Voter ID is unconstitutional

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

Pegasus spyware issue – Explained, pointwise

Introduction Recently, a global collaborative investigative effort, titled the Pegasus project, revealed that Israeli company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware targeted over 300 mobile phone numbers in India. As per reports, at least 40 journalists, Cabinet Ministers, and holders of constitutional positions were possibly subjected to surveillance. The reports are based on a leaked global database… Continue reading Pegasus spyware issue – Explained, pointwise

Privacy checks can be built into software architecture

Source: Livemint Relevance: Protecting Right to Privacy and enabling digitization Synopsis: India’s Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA) is becoming an important tool to strengthen the privacy framework in India. It not only gives us better control over our data transfers, but also covers nearly all the modern principles that are central to privacy. Principles… Continue reading Privacy checks can be built into software architecture

The hacking of Indian democracy

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Understanding various dimensions of the fall out of the Pegasus revelations. Synopsis: International treaties, rules, and reports on the issue of right to privacy & the way forward in the Pegasus case. Background The Pegasus revelations reflect an attack on Indian democracy and Indian citizens. National security is important, but it… Continue reading The hacking of Indian democracy

Access to the Internet is a basic right, says Kerala High Court

News:The Kerala High Court has held that the right to access the internet is a basic fundamental right. Facts: Background: The High Court made this observation while ordering the principal of a college in Kerala to re-admit a student who had been expelled from the college hostel for using her mobile phone beyond the restricted… Continue reading Access to the Internet is a basic right, says Kerala High Court

Plea to protect accused in sexual abuse cases

A petition has been filed by Youth Bar Association of India in the Supreme Court to frame guidelines to protect the reputation and dignity of persons accused of sexual offences. The petition has highlighted that a person was considered innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law. It has further stated that Sec-228A of… Continue reading Plea to protect accused in sexual abuse cases