articles by Sameer Sachdeva

News & Analysis

Tribal affairs ministry launches e-governance website DBT Tribal to track and fulfill welfare schemes

Arjun Munda, minister for tribal affairs launches e-governance initiatives for welfare of schedule tribes

News & Analysis

Impossible to track sender of message due to encryption: WhatsApp tells Madras High Court

Except for WhatsApp all social media giants open to share data with government

India

Asus ZenFone case: Delhi HC banning use of 'Zen' is correct, as trademark for Zen branded phones belongs to Telecare Network

Telecare Network used the Zen trademark since 2008, while Asus started using an identical/deceptively similar mark ZenFone from 2014.

India

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's 2015 promise of free Wi-Fi across city remains a distant dream

Even after four years of Kejriwal government free Wi-Fi remains mere lip-service as many parts of the city still to get it

India

GDPR compliance: Ignorance of EU data protection law may cost Indian firms dear

Indian companies have to follow multiple legislation (local and global), increased cost of compliance and loss of business in some cases in the GDPR era.

News & Analysis

Data protection law is the need of the hour to protect privacy in the era of AI

There is a dire need of a regulator and legal safety net to protect user’s data

India

India Enterprise Architecture: What is it and should it be made mandatory for all e-governance projects?

With IndEA there will be one personalised account for each individual and he or she can avail all government services from it

News & Analysis

Digital skilling and literacy coupled with academic curriculum revision needed for a 'Digitally Intelligent' India

The distinction between policies for cyber world and physical world will gradually diminish.

News & Analysis

Facebook only shares data with researchers, does not finance or direct conclusion of research findings

Contrary to popular perception, Facebook hasn’t given any research grant to 60 academics from 30 institutions across 11 countries that are studying the impact of social media on elections

India

Regulation of social media is the last resort, efforts on to promote open internet with minimum govt control: Anurag Thakur

"Fake news, hate speech and defamatory content has grown on these platforms and spreads like wildfire. A more proactive approach is needed to address this."

News & Analysis

TikTok to use humans and AI for content moderation, empower users with safety tools says global policy director

Tik Tok will allow users to restrict the visibility of their uploaded content to followers only.

India

Karnataka opens its own Centre for Smart Governance to help power software for e-governance projects in the state

The CSG will be involved in development of software applications for e-governance projects.

News & Analysis

WhatsApp child sex abuse report: Self regulation of social media isn't working; need govt norms

Cyber Peace Foundation report claims that WhatsApp is being used to share child sexual abuse videos. IT ministry has written to WhatsApp

India

TRAI consultation on OTT regulation: OTT shouldn't be regulated say some, while telcos call for sharing of infrastructure investment

A consultation took place to discuss if the services provided by the OTT players and TSPs are substitutable, then should OTT services also have the same licensing norms as the telcos

India

TikTok ban in India: SC order in line with past free speech decisions, but social media apps should self-regulate proactively

Supreme Court has directed the Madras High Court to pass an interim order on the ban by 24 April, failing which the ban on TikTok will be lifted

India

Govt to establish National Urban and Innovation Stack for Smart Cities to tackle implementation challenges at the ground level

The NUIS will provide anytime-anywhere access to government services, delivering real-time updates while ensuring a KPI based service delivery

India

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Despite Code of Ethics for social media platforms during polls, no way to gauge if it's working

How will a Twitter update or a WhatsApp update tell you if a piece of information is correct or not. That’s not their job.

Politics

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Here's everything WhatsApp is doing to avoid fake news, propaganda during election period

The problem with WhatsApp is that the posts are totally private and encrypted. So no action can be taken even if the posts are spread through the medium.

India

BJP manifesto 2019: Lot of promises on IT and e-governance in Sankalp Patra, but optimal use of tech needed in rural areas

If we look at the manifesto of 2014, BJP has delivered on most of its promises in the IT and e-governance sector. However, issues such as last mile connectivity and optimal use of technologies in rural areas are issues that still need to be addressed

Politics

BJP manifesto 2019 goes gung-ho on IT, promises optical fibre network for every gram panchayat, higher incentives on digital transactions

The BJP manifesto for the Lok Sabha election includes a number of proposals for information technology and e-governance.