Centre for Internet & Society

Google Policy Fellowship Programme: Call for Applications

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is inviting applications for the Google Policy Fellowship programme. Google is providing a USD 7,500 stipend to the India Fellow, who will be selected by August 15, 2012.

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The Coming Telecom Monopoly

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at May 24, 2012 07:36 AM |
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The 2G judgment and Trai spectrum pricing recommendations have led to a policy that makes sense for only one survivor.

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Convergence India 2012

Convergence India 2012

Posted by Yelena Gyulkhandanyan at Mar 30, 2012 05:45 AM |
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The 20th Convergence India conference, deemed South Asia’s largest international ICT event, took place in the country’s capital from March 21-23, 2012. Featuring a grand exhibition of innovative products and industry players from over 25 countries as well as an assembly of prominent speakers, the three day event highlighted the importance of ICT growth and equitable distribution for the socio-economic future of India.

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An Interview with PK Garg

Posted by Yelena Gyulkhandanyan at Mar 14, 2012 05:20 AM |
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Former Wireless Advisor to the Government of India, Ministry of Communications & IT, and current ITU regulatory board member, PK Garg, discusses some of the telecom policy interventions in an interview with Yelena Gyulkhandanyan.

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The 2G Supreme Court Judgment

The 2G Supreme Court Judgment

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 06, 2012 09:55 AM |
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The Business Standard published Shyam Ponappa's two-part article deconstructing the assumptions in the Supreme Court's 2G judgment, and suggesting possible ways forward. The first one was published on March 1, 2012, and the second on March 4, 2012.

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An Interview with Stephen Song

Posted by Yelena Gyulkhandanyan at Feb 29, 2012 02:08 PM |
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Stephen Song, the founder of Village Telco, an initiative to bring practical and inexpensive communication network infrastructure to rural and remote areas, speaks about factors that catalyzed the initiative, the benefits of the network, some challenges, and the Mesh Potato.

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Reversing India's Downward Trajectory

Reversing India's Downward Trajectory

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jan 09, 2012 05:40 AM |
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The country can regain growth momentum with rate cuts and telecom reforms, writes Shyam Ponappa in this column published in the Business Standard on 5 January 2012.

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Inputs for NTP 2011

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Jan 02, 2012 05:07 AM |
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The Centre for Internet and Society wishes to commend the DoT on the draft of the New Telecom Policy and offers its suggestions to improve the draft with specific changes.

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Accessibility in the New Telecom Policy 2011

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Dec 24, 2011 08:55 AM |
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Responding to the call for comments on NTP 2011, 27 organisations sent a joint letter requesting that accessibility for persons with disabilities be included specifically within the goals and objectives of the policy. The submission is available here. It deals exclusively with the issue of accessibility in telecommunications for persons with disabilities, which has been left out of NTP 2011. We outline below in some detail the rationale for including accessibility in the NTP.

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Healing self-inflicted wounds

Healing self-inflicted wounds

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Dec 05, 2011 09:10 AM |
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A spate of dysfunctional actions and retrograde developments has led to an unimaginable mess for India. Can the damage to growth prospects be undone? Does it need to be? If so, how? Three areas are discussed below.

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Telecom Path-Breaker?

Telecom Path-Breaker?

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Nov 18, 2011 05:40 AM |
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Does the draft National Telecom Policy-2011 reflect true brilliance or smoke-and-mirrors? It will be a game-changer if a shared network is implemented effectively, writes Shyam Ponappa in this article published in the Business Standard on November 3, 2011.

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Facing up to Moral Hazard

Facing up to Moral Hazard

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Oct 26, 2011 12:50 PM |
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Systems upholding the law and standards help navigate the grey areas of moral hazard and adverse selection writes Shyam Ponappa in this article published in the Business Standard on October 6, 2011.

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Reviving Growth

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Sep 21, 2011 10:00 AM |
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The government needs to reduce interest rates and undertake specific reforms to revive growth. The focus needs to be on communications, specifically broadband, it would yield results. Mobile communications have grown phenomenally but the meteoric rise got stalled. However, if the government initiates reforms in spectrum policies with incentives for broadband delivery, prospects could revive and communications could go through another meteoric rise, becoming the growth engine for the economy.

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The Challenges of Direct Democracy

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jul 24, 2011 09:45 AM |
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India must weigh the pros and cons of various approaches to direct democracy and develop one of its own.

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NTP 2011 Objective: Broadband

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jun 08, 2011 12:55 PM |
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The Indian government has to choose between accessible, affordable services and short-term revenue, writes Shyam Ponappa in this article published in the Business Standard on June 2, 2011.

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Spectrum reforms - Good & Bad news

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at May 05, 2011 06:20 AM |
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A good initiative is under way, but needs changes to work out complex issues, writes Shyam Ponappa in this article published in the Business Standard on May 5, 2011.

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Learning from Fukushima

Posted by Prasad Krishna at Apr 25, 2011 08:50 AM |
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Take remedial steps and demystify the unreasoning dread of nuclear power, says Shyam Ponappa in his latest column published by the Business Standard on April 7, 2011.

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India's untapped potential: Are a billion people losing out because of spectrum?

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 29, 2011 09:05 AM |
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As one of the world’s fastest growing economies and with over 65% of its billion-plus population under 35, India has huge potential. But according to Shyam Ponappa of the Centre for Internet & Society, its spectrum management – the electromagnetic waves that are used from home appliances like microwaves and remote controls, to radios, cell phones, and of course, the internet – could be a huge barrier to the country’s economic and social development.

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Big-Bang Budgets?

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 28, 2011 02:15 PM |
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Clarity of planning and conceptualisation needs to be the hallmark of policy planning for the Budget, says Shyam Ponappa in this article published in the Business Standard on March 3, 2011.

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Spectrum auctions - 'Jhatka' or 'Halal'?

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Feb 11, 2011 11:55 AM |
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The choice is between sudden death and a slow one. The article by Shyam Ponappa appeared in the Business Standard on 3 February 2011.

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