A Cautionary Note on Spectrum Auctions

5G , Telecom | Published on : 26-March-2019

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore and Prof. Heikki Hämmäinen of Aalto University, Finland The article discusses the high reserve prices set by TRAI for 5G spectrum, examples from Finland on low prices of spectrum and encouragement of advanced technologies, and lessons for the GoI. Read the entire article ...Read More

Over The Top: To regulate OTTs or not

OTT | Published on : 28-December-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore and Kartik Raja, Chairman and Founder of Phimetrics The article points out the need for a light touch regulation to impose responsibility and liability on the OTT service providers. It also discusses three factors wherein OTTs are different from telcos:  (i) Quality of ...Read More

Public Sector Telcos Shouldn’t be Sidelined

Telecom | Published on : 05-November-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore  The article indicates the following: (i) the lacunae in National Digital  Communications Policy (NDCP) on State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) such as BSNL/ MTNL;  (ii) indicates the strengths and weaknesses of the SOEs;  (iii) uses a framework of political, economic ...Read More

EU GDPR: Privacy Matters

GDPR | Published on : 24-September-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore  The article serves as a primer for the following important aspects of EU GDPR: (1) Territorial scope; (2) Data Aggregation;  (3) Secondary use and consent;  (4) Rights of data subjects; (5) Security of personal ...Read More

Where is Indian E-Comm headed?

e-commerce | Published on : 17-September-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore  This article analyzes the Indian e-commerce landscape as illustrated in the recent NASSCOM-PWC E-Commerce report. It introspects on the following areas: (i) anti-trust regulation relating to capital dumping and predatory pricing; (ii) consumer protection issues ...Read More

Space, up in the Airbnb

Cybersecurity | Published on : 05-September-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore and Dr. Kala Seetharam Sridhar, Professor, ISEC This article illustrates the characteristics of sharing platforms, the regulatory concerns especially about home sharing platforms such as Airbnb and associated directives, implications for urban infrastructure, and prescriptions for a ...Read More

Monitoring Net Neutrality: A Challenge

Cybersecurity | Published on : 03-September-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore and Kartik Raja, CEO of Phimetrics This article illustrates the following: 1.       References to the draft National Digital Communications Policy and TRAI recommendations on Net Neutrality (NN); 2.       Traffic Management Practices ...Read More

V Band And The Policy Dilemma

Digital Society , Networking | Published on : 11-July-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore This article illustrates the following: 1) Unique properties of this spectrum band 2) Usefulness for telecom and Internet companies 3) Dilemma on whether to license this band or not, which regulators and policymakers have been facing 4) Global best practices  5) A solution for ...Read More

The Human Touch

Digital India | Published on : 26-June-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore The article is a follow-up to the last article on “How digitization can drive growth in India” and delves deeply into: (i) Lack of user-friendliness of e-government services which is creating a digital divide (ii) Evolution of a new set of tech intermediaries to solve the ...Read More

How Digitisation Can Drive Growth In India

| Published on : 18-June-2018

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore This article cites recent studies including mine on the impact of digital flows on economic development; why digital flows are important apart from infrastructure stock variables; and implications for policy including tech education, data protection, intellectual property rights, and ...Read More


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