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Digital India’s solutions for global problems

The DPI, with broader adoption, could be a national talisman, highlighting India’s capability to develop large-scale global solutions

The Digital India initiative was announced in 2015(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 11:22 PM IST

India-US tech ties can reshape global affairs

The US and India have some diverging views but are realizing the importance of collaboration in critical and emerging technologies.

The US and India continue to have some diverging views including regarding our strategic partnership with Russia(Arindam Bagchi Twitter)
Published on Jul 12, 2023 10:09 PM IST

In a fractured world, India’s firm stance and critical role

Chairing the G20 and SCO summits gives India a unique, historic opportunity. We could present to others the Indian model of non-zero-sum multilateralism and multi-alignment in a currently fragmented multipolar world

This year, the conflict in Ukraine was at the centre of all discussions. The war has shaken to the core the western world’s security and economic paradigms. (AP)
Updated on Mar 28, 2023 07:23 PM IST

Digital rupee can transform India’s financial transactions

CBDCs are sovereign-backed currencies, ensuring settlement finality. They can also be converted into any other form of money.

CBDCs could still create several disruptive improvements. Their settlements would happen on the same day when compared to the next day transactions of government security trades. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 21, 2022 07:34 AM IST

India’s unique opportunity in the cybersecurity realm

India, with our current positioning, could act as a bridge that could work with these hostile stakeholders in creating a global regulatory framework of common minimum acceptance.

Over 75% of India’s organisations faced an attack in the past year, with an average data breach costing <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>35 crore, draining billions from our industries. (Shutterstock)
Published on Aug 17, 2022 08:23 PM IST

A regulatory framework for digital assets in India

India would do well to study legislation enacted across global innovation hubs and create a progressive crypto regulatory framework that fosters domestic entrepreneurship

India’s regulatory framework remains ambiguous, with the country not having an assigned regulatory agency. Digital assets have not been defined or classified. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 05, 2022 08:35 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony

Why it is critical to make semiconductors in India

The Chips-to-Startups (C2S) programme will have to be much more effective than the long-running Skill India programme for us to have a fair chance to meet the stated goals

We now even have chips with billions of components embedded in them, each no longer visible to the naked eye. Miniaturising of the increasingly powerful chips drives the creation of smaller, smarter electronic devices, and the growth of the mobile internet. They remain the primary building block of all hardware in our digitised economy. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 09, 2022 07:56 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony

The evolution of the space race

A few steps that were taken by man then did lead to many giant leaps for mankind. Currently, over 70 countries have their own space programmes

Although currently seen as a macho contest between ultra-rich moguls, progress in this sector could one day make space travel and tourism a very exciting prospect (AFP)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 07:44 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony

As China redesigns its tech strategy, Quad’s tech cooperation must succeed

Quad’s success in high-tech cooperation depends on the ability of the four nations to draw on each other’s strengths, and identify collaborations that would boost the appetite of their domestic as well as global markets

The group is meant to facilitate technology standards development, and identify collaborations on critical and emerging technologies (ANI)
Updated on Oct 04, 2021 06:01 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony

30 years ago, the world discovered the web. And life changed

The events that led to the development of the web, received little fanfare then, but would increasingly be mentioned with these epochal events in the digital age

World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee. (REUTERS File)
Updated on Aug 16, 2021 06:46 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony

Only a centralised vaccine management system will work

As production increases, there will also be a greater need for storage and distribution facilities, especially as the vaccination campaign has to reach rural areas. All these will be easier and efficient to implement in a centralised system where the partnering states could work on the last-mile execution of the vaccination drive.

Under the new policy, various state governments and private players will be competing with each other for procurement of vaccine from a limited number of vaccine manufacturers. Serum Institute of India (SII) has priced its vaccine, Covishield, at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>400 for states and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>600 for private players. Meanwhile, Covaxin has equivalent prices of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>600 and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,200 respectively. (HTPHOTO)
Published on Apr 26, 2021 05:05 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony

Develop home grown tech to counter 5G

Home-grown technologies are essential from our national security perspective, and will ensure that India could extract maximum value from the novel advancements that will be one of the backbones of our economy in the foreseeable future.

Despite the Trump-Narendra Modi bonhomie, even the Indian government has recently allowed Chinese companies including Huawei to participate in our 5G trials.(AP)
Published on Feb 29, 2020 06:45 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony

The Centre’s clampdown on cryptocurrencies betrays lack of understanding of the technology

The government’s antagonistic approach towards this technology even as the US, Japan, and Russia contemplate the creation of state-backed cryptocurrencies could mean that we miss out on what has the potential to be the biggest wave of innovation since the internet became popular in 1980s

FILE PHOTO: A token of the virtual currency Bitcoin is seen placed on a monitor that displays binary digits in this illustration picture, December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
Published on Feb 13, 2018 05:54 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony and Ankur Prasad

India needs a Universal Basic Income scheme but the conditions are not ripe yet

Our unemployment numbers and still high levels of poverty give India a strong ground for an alternative redistributive solution

Our growing unemployment numbers, our lamentable Global Hunger Index rankings, and still high levels of poverty, remain blights in a 21st century India; and give us strong grounds to keep an eye out for an alternative redistribute solution befitting our times.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 29, 2017 10:37 AM IST
ByAnil K. Antony

Has technology enabled isolationist and sectarian worldviews around the world?

The past decade has also seen several countries suffering an outright reversal of their democratic gains from the nineties, by reverting back to authoritarian regimes; besides populists and nationalists gaining strongholds among majority of the established democracies

Social media platforms and big data driven personalised messaging campaigns have been, in recent years, effectively used by all the major opposition parties worldwide, many of them relying on strong populist and nationalistic rhetoric, to appeal to this unsatisfied electorate majority, disillusioned with incumbent governments(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 23, 2017 11:21 AM IST
ByAnil K. Antony

Technology-aided structural reforms can bring transparency in political funding

The government should start integrating our political systems into the Digital India and Cashless India programmes

A voter gets his finger inked at a polling station in Kalyanpuri, Delhi. (File Photo)(Ravi Choudhary/HT)
Updated on Jul 14, 2017 01:22 PM IST
ByAnil K Antony
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