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'Digital divide' persists despite the country's desire to become a digital giant

  A recent report of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) brings forth the dichotomy between digital divide and India’s transition towards a cashless economy. The rural-urban divide in access to computer and internet is quite stark, according to the report entitled 'Key Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India, July 2017 to June 2018'.   The 75th round National Sample Survey (NSS) report on education finds that...

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Civil society group welcomes failure to sign RCEP; calls it 'bad deal for democracy' -Joe C Mathew

-Business Today RCEP trade deal: The group said that the Indian govt should not agree to the RCEP even in future as it will be a 'bad deal for democracy, for farmers, workers, will subvert our sovereign laws and compromise India's industrialisation potential'. Forum for Trade Justice, a pan-civil society network has welcomed the failure of the 16 negotiating countries to reach a consensus over the conclusion of the world's largest free...

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Creating a fair digital payments market -Padmashree Gehl Sampath

-The Hindu Local firms will be at a disadvantage if big tech companies are given plum roles Since early last year, WhatsApp has busily piloted its payment system in India. WhatsApp Pay relies on the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system to facilitate inter-bank transactions. Regulatory approval that would allow its nation-wide introduction is stuck on one point: the Indian government has asked WhatsApp to localise all data processing related to...

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Govt. defends electoral bonds scheme in SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu ‘Ensures transparency, checks misuse’ Electoral bonds have been introduced to promote transparency in funding and donation received by political parties, the government told the Supreme Court on Thursday. “They [bonds] can be encashed by an eligible political party only through their accounts with authorised banks. The bonds do not have the name of the donor or the receiving political party and only carry unique hidden alphanumeric serial numbers as an in-built...

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Fast pace digitisation may not be good for environment -Swathi Moorthy

-The Hindu Business Line Every search by energy-consuming data centres leaves carbon footprint New Delhi: Most of our days start with replying to messages on social messaging platforms and probably end with viewing videos on Netflix, but do we realise these activities contribute to climate change? According to studies on climate change, data centres account for about 3 per cent of the total electricity consumed globally. Every search leaves a carbon footprint of...

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