The post-Tiananmen era in China had an element that reinforced Deng Xiaoping’s model of “open economy and closed polity”—the rise of the all-knowing surveillance state with enormous potential for digital repression.
Emerging economies like India that are considering data protection regulations need to carefully evaluate the direct and indirect costs of such laws.
Unlike in the traditional Belt and Road projects, India has significant capabilities in the space and digital domains.
A Chinese scientist dropped a bombshell in November 2018 when he unveiled the world’s first gene-edited babies. How are other countries, including India, navigating the dizzying array of rewards and risks associated with gene-editing research?
Before India’s political scene got so intensely polarized, there was a time when the Opposition celebrated the government’s national security achievements. It also offered close scrutiny of government policies on science and technology.
As New Delhi copes with the new imperatives of governing in the digital age, any sensible policy will have to navigate the tensions between state and the citizen, capital and the consumer, public good and private gain, and between competing interests within the capital—both domestic and foreign.
As the debate on technology and its social impact makes headlines around the world, there is an urgent need to bridge the gap among industry, policymakers, and academic researchers.
As a far more sweeping technological revolution envelops the world today, governments are finding new ways to adapt.
Crucial questions need to be asked with regards to fragmented legal frameworks, unclear regulatory practices ambiguous policy advances and voluntary measures governing gene-editing technologies at national and international levels.
Amidst the new global pushback against Huawei and India’s own plans to introduce 5G mobile technology, New Delhi might have to revisit the old arguments and take a fresh look at its relationship with the Chinese tech giant.