TRAI Bars Facebook’s Data Colonialism

On Monday 8th February, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued its regulations barring differential pricing of data based on content. This has been welcomed widely as a step forward in keeping the internet … Read more

DoT’s Report: Lip service to Net Neutrality, but Backing Telecom Companies

The Department of Telecom (DoT) Report on Net Neutrality, though better written than the shoddy consultation paper TRAI produced last March, ends up by ducking controversial questions and contradicting itself on what constitutes net neutrality. … Read more

National Fibre Optic Network Project and the Expert Committee Report

The new NDA Government’s approach to every issue, irrespective of the problem, seems to be the same – hand it over to the private sector. Not surprisingly, the “expert” committee’s review report on the ambitious … Read more

Cyberwar or Cyberpeace?

Cyber weapons are no longer the stuff of science fiction. They are all too real, and so is their threat to our interconnected world. This threat is bound to grow in the coming days with … Read more

Indian Intelligence Agencies are Helping NSA to Spy on its own Citizens

The Indian media has missed the major implications of the latest Snowden disclosures. It is not simply that India is one of the countries, or that the BJP is one of the political organisations under … Read more

Government Digital Security Infrastructure Hacked

The new government’s push towards digital India through increased use of e-governance will have to wait for some time as the digital security of on-line transactions among government entities has been seriously compromised. The system … Read more

NETmundial or the Internet Governance World Cup?

NETmundial – a global conference on Internet governance – was held last week in Sao Paulo (April 23-24) and ended with a non-binding outcome statement that was weak on surveillance and with some gains for … Read more

Vodafone and Verizon Spied for GCHQ and NSA

The recent disclosures that have come in the press that Vodafone and Verizon have helped their “parent” spy outfits – GCHQ (UK) and NSA (USA) – to spy on the Indian telecom network will not … Read more

Breaking the US Control over the Internet

THE NSA skeletons keep tumbling out of the cupboard. Not only were the Brazilian and Mexican Presidents Dilma Roussef’s and Felipe Calderón’s – emails and phones hacked, NSA had targeted the French President Francois Hollande … Read more

Revisiting Global Internet Governance in the Light of NSA

THE internet governance is back in the news with Snowden’s NSA revelations and the US government’s blatant violations of its “stewardship” of the internet. Bruce Schneier, one of the leading cyber security experts and a … Read more

The New Strategic Mantra: Indian Cyber Security Needs Foreign Help

Image Courtesy: IT is ironical that along with the government announcing that the telecom companies are the first line of defence in cyber security, it has also announced 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) … Read more

The 2G Auction: Rigged to Flop?

The recent auction of the 2G spectrum has drawn bids of only Rs. 9,407 crore. Various spokespersons of the Congress and Union ministers have been propagating that this somehow justifies Raja’s illegal first-come-first-served policy of … Read more