While advocates of localization point to the importance of data as a commodity, skeptics point to the potential fracturing of the internet if countries adopt protectionist policies.
The Indian government has announced plans for an overarching national Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS), which will be used for “criminal identification, verification and its dissemination among various police organisations and units across the country.”
The IndiGen Genome Project, launched in April 2019, is a government-funded exercise that sequenced more than a thousand individuals from diverse ethnicities to create a genome database for India.
The Narendra Modi government wants to reportedly water down the provisions related to data localization proposed in the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 formulated by the Justice Srikrishna Committee.
Carnegie India, in partnership with the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, hosted the fifth talk of the Anahita Speaker Series on “Creating Safer Cities.”
The experiment by He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher who claims to have produced genetically altered babies, has polarized the scientific community, and brought the potential benefits and pitfalls of gene editing into sharp focus—both in India and the world.
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan recently said that the “post-war international order” has “come to collapse.”
Carnegie India, in partnership with the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, hosted the fourth talk of the Anahita Speaker Series on “The Rise of Fake News in India.”
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.