Breaking the Internet Language Barrier

Internet | Published on : 23-April-2019

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore and Dr. Ajay Data, Co-Chair of ICANN Neo Brahmi Generation Panel  This article illustrates the following:  1. The evolution of the domain name system that translates the human-readable Internet resource names into machine-readable format; 2. The ...Read More

E-Commerce policy needs to be specific

e-commerce | Published on : 16-April-2019

Author: V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT Bangalore The article highlights five important issues associated with e-commerce platforms and indicates that the e-commerce policy needs to be more specific rather than touch upon issues already covered by the extant laws and regulations. Read the entire ...Read More

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