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: flickr.com 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

India’s satellite launch capability: problems remain

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) saw the successful launch of its latest communications satellite, GSAT-10, on September 29. There were the usual celebrations and claims of new records testifying to India’s growing space prowess, … Read more

NTP 2012 – Past Scams as New Policy

The National Telecom Policy 2012 (NTP 2012) has now become the official policy after one year of discussions. Of course, the context of the policy – the aftermath of the 2G scam – has now … Read more

Stuxnet and now Flame: The US and Israel Continuing Cyber War against Iran

Last two weeks have brought out that cyber war is no longer in the realm of science fiction, but very much a part of what is happening here and now. First, we had David Sanger … Read more

The 2G Judgement Dismisses Sibal’s No-Loss Argument

The Supreme Court’s judgement on 2G of cancelling the 122 licenses awarded in 2008 has blown away the vacuous claims that Sibal, the Minister for Communications and IT had been making of “no loss”. Sibal … Read more

NTP 2011: Yesterday’s Scam as Policy Today

THE brand new National Telecom Policy 2011 (NTP 2011) proposed with a lot of fan fare has the same objective as earlier such policies – NTP 1994 and NTP 1999 – how to create new … Read more