Technology

Exploring the positive and negative impacts of technology on Indian society

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Mobile Gaming: The Indian Revolution

How big is the mobile gaming economy in India? How fast is it growing? What's driving its growth? And how can it be supported?
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Should Voter ID Data Be Linked to Aadhaar? Episode 4 of The Impact

Why does the government want to link your Aadhaar with the electoral roll? How does this affect the logistics of elections, and what challenges are on the horizon?
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The Case Against Internet Shutdowns — Episode 3 of The Impact

Why does the government shut down internet services? Why do these shutdowns seem more likely to happen in specific parts of the country? What do they have to do with maintaining 'security'?

How To Tell If Online Voting Systems Are Good For Democracy

Before implementing online voting systems, voters, researchers, and journalists reporting on elections need a framework to assess their feasibility.
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The Facts Around Fake News — Episode 2 of The Impact

How does Fake News get circulated in India? Who produces this content and who does it benefit? What can be done to curb it?

What Do Web3 Developers Have To Say on India’s Ambiguous Cryptocurrency Legislation?

Indian web3 developers can do much for India’s cryptocurrency ecosystem, provided they are in an enabling environment.

E-Governance and its Discontents: The Traps of Tech Revolutions in Stratified Societies

Governments' efforts to erect new systems of e-governance must not come at the cost of peoples’ capacities to access governance itself.
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Data Cheque Point: How Paying People For Data Remains A Fever Dream

Compensation for users based on their data points becomes an unnecessary hurdle to cross — mainly because the limitations of such a model would reap more costs than guaranteed benefits.
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The Indian Surveillance Story — Episode 1 of The Impact

In what ways has the Indian state been surveilling its own citizens? What are some of the underlying frameworks that enable such surveillance? And will privacy matter enough for citizens to impact who they vote for?

Digitalizing India’s Judiciary: COVID-19’s Silver Lining

A hybrid model of offline and online proceedings as envisaged in Phase III of the E-Courts project is most suitable for India's judicial system.