Centre for Internet & Society

Extractive Charges on Spectrum & Petroleum

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 09, 2014 12:00 PM |
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The author examines whether government levies on these critical inputs are beneficial or detrimental.

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Institute for Internet & Society 2014, Pune

Last month, activists, journalists, researchers, and members of civil society came together at the 2014 Institute for Internet & Society in Pune, which was hosted by CIS and funded by the Ford Foundation. The Institute was a week long, in which participants heard from speakers from various backgrounds on issues arising out of the intersection of internet and society, such as intellectual property, freedom of expression, and accessibility, to name a few. Below is an official reporting summarizing sessions that took place.

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An Introduction to Spectrum Sharing

Posted by Beli at Feb 24, 2014 04:05 PM |

We will look at how current technology – mainly GSM, but also CDMA and touching upon LTE - shares spectrum, how they might share spectrum, the trade-off between spectral (in this case, 'trunking') and 'economic' efficiency in the traditional, purely intra-operator shared scenario, and how it might be overcome by inter-operator sharing.

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Centre- or State-Driven Development?

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Feb 12, 2014 04:47 PM |
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Federalism requires a strong Centre as well as strong states, and effective organisation and coordination -- which can be facilitated by using the Internet.

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For a Telecom Revival

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Dec 06, 2013 01:00 PM |
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The government announced momentous decisions, subject to Cabinet approval, on telecom policy on December 3.

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Predictability in Infrastructure

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Nov 18, 2013 08:47 AM |
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Systematic planning and execution can reduce the need for crisis management in infrastructure and manufacturing.

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Ambiguity in the App Store: Understanding India’s emerging IT sector in light of IP

Posted by Samantha Cassar at Oct 24, 2013 01:00 PM |

Mobile applications hold immense potential for India but are not fully understood by even their own developers in the context of India’s intellectual property (IP) regime. This is the first in a series of blog posts introducing CIS's new access to knowledge research initiative that seeks to understand how stakeholders encounter India’s IP law and what this means for the mobile app ecosystem, and in turn, the Indian mobile user. This research also aims to address problematic policy areas for innovation and protection for developers, as well as to comment on India’s regime with respect to the emerging mobile app sector.

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Regrouping for Growth - Interest Rates - III

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Sep 06, 2013 01:05 PM |
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Aside from muddling along, the choices are to try to grow and retain capital to staunch the gap temporarily, or to settle for low growth and capital flight.

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TRAI Consultation Paper on Spectrum

Posted by Shyam Ponappa and A.B. Beliappa at Aug 31, 2013 04:30 AM |
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Shyam Ponappa and A.B.Beliappa worked on this submission to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on their spectrum consultation paper. The submission was made on August 21, 2013.

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Breaking into the Closed Circle: Domestic High-Tech Manufacturing Needs Access To Markets

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Aug 10, 2013 12:00 PM |
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The deferral of India's preferential market access (PMA) policy for locally manufactured high-tech products indicates some lack of clarity and/or confusion in the government.

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Building Up vs Tearing Down

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jul 08, 2013 03:00 AM |
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We have to find ways to deal with corruption without subverting our developmental aims.

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Law & Order through Traffic Systems

Law & Order through Traffic Systems

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jun 06, 2013 04:00 AM |
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A TV white space system for traffic management may induce us to observe discipline and law-abiding behaviour, writes Shyam Ponappa in an article published in the Business Standard on June 5, 2013.

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Configuring a 'Non-Toothless' Regulator (TRAI)

Configuring a 'Non-Toothless' Regulator (TRAI)

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at May 10, 2013 11:00 AM |
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A proposal to give the telecom regulator the right to impose penalties marks a sea change in the government's approach to regulation.

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From Open Citizen Radio Networks to the Race for .RADIO gTLD

Posted by Sharath Chandra Ram at Apr 30, 2013 05:00 AM |
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In light of the recent shutdown of INDYMEDIA ATHENS server and its associated antagonistic Internet radio streaming services, Radio98FM and Radio Entasi, Sharath Chandra Ram, takes a look at open radio networks run by citizen operators as well as the politics around internet radio and it’s growing potential as a medium for citizen activism.

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Prioritizing Communications & Energy

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Apr 28, 2013 07:01 AM |
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After curbing unproductive expenditure and imports, we must focus on developing communications and energy.

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Are India's Glory Days Over?

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 12, 2013 04:59 AM |
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Unless major structural changes are effected, India will miss an economic take-off for many years, writes Shyam Ponappa.

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Who Minds the Maxwell's Demon (Revisiting Communication Networks through the Lens of the Intermediary)

Posted by Sharath Chandra Ram at Feb 27, 2013 04:00 PM |
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A holistic reflection on information networks and it’s regulatory framework is possible only when the medium-specific boundary that has often separated the Internet and Telecom networks begins to dissolve, to objectively reveal points of contention in the communication network where the dynamics of network security and privacy are at large – namely, within the historic role of the intermediary at data/signal switching and routing nodes.

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The Supreme Court & Spectrum Management

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Feb 05, 2013 04:00 PM |
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Only the Supreme Court can rectify spectrum management in line with other resources, but all stakeholders can contribute.

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What's Needed Is User-Centric Design, Not Good Intentions

What's Needed Is User-Centric Design, Not Good Intentions

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jan 06, 2013 10:00 AM |
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The inadequacy of essentials and conveniences around us results from a slack approach to both design and execution. We know we are deficient in execution, but we need to be more aware of deficiencies in approach and design. Good intentions, while important, cannot substitute for good systems design and execution.

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Inflation Control Through Structural Reforms

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Dec 21, 2012 09:55 AM |
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Inflation will persist until supply increases. Policies must therefore address supply through structural reforms, e.g., in telecom and power.

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