Internet adoption has increased rapidly in India, propelled by an exponential increase in smart phone users with access to faster and cheaper Internet. Government initiatives like Digital India have been instrumental in articulating a policy push for greater Internet access and e-governance. However, this increasing connectivity has raised fundamental questions about data ownership and user privacy that have not been adequately addressed in current legal and policy frameworks.

Carnegie India will host a seminar on the technology and policy frameworks that can best address fears associated with data ownership and usage. The iSPIRT Foundation will present a two-part technology policy solution to these issues.


9:15 a.m.


10:00 a.m.     

Embracing Data Democracy

  • Nandan Nilekani
11:00 a.m.    

Electronic Data Consent: A Model for Sharing Data and Managing Privacy

  • Sanjay Jain
12:00 p.m.     

Data Ownership, Usage, and Privacy in India

  • Nandan Nilekani
  • Rahul Matthan
  • Sharad Sharma
  • Moderator: Shivnath Thukral


Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is the former chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India.

Sanjay Jain

Sanjay Jain is chief innovation officer at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad.

Sharad Sharma

Sharad Sharma is the cofounder and a governing council member of the iSPIRT Foundation.

Rahul Matthan

Rahul Matthan is a partner at Trilegal.

Shivnath Thukral

Shivnath Thukral is the managing director of Carnegie India.