Ananth Padmanabhan (for Info only, not official)

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    ...The Mirai botnet’s distributed denial of service attacks last year, soon followed by BrickerBot’s permanent incapacitation of several devices forming part of the Internet of Things, exposed the vulnerabilities of a world where everything from room heaters to wearable fitness trackers is connected. Attacks of this kind have proved themselves capable of even imperilling national security, economic stability and public health. The critical information infrastructure rules framed in 2013 under the Information Technology Act, 2000, identified banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) as one among five critical sectors. Yet, the past years have seen an increasing number of large-scale cyber-attacks in this sector. ...

    Live Mint on May 21, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

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    ...While this is not an entirely new phenomenon, and has been used especially with nuclear technologies and military hardware and weapon systems, the role of civilian technology solutions in diplomacy has taken on a sense of urgency in the last decade or so. Due to technological and diplomatic constraints, India has generally been unable to wield its technology as an effective tool of diplomacy. This is set to change with the launch of the South Asia satellite by ISRO on May 5. The origins of the South Asia satellite date back to the 18th SAARC Summit, in 2014 in Nepal, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forward the idea of a common satellite serving the needs of all SAARC members. ...

    Indian Express on May 4, 2017, 12:10 a.m.

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    ...But Tesla grew to dethrone General Motors a few weeks ago as America’s most valued automobile company. The resistance in its formative years, and Tesla’s astounding success thereafter, share a common cause: its exclusive focus on electric cars. Market sentiment has changed over the last 14 years because of several advantages offered by electric vehicles (EVs). EVs are much more eco-friendly than internal combustion engines. They significantly reduce the oil import bill of nations, bolstering energy security. They can also be much cheaper than conventional vehicles in the long run, due to fewer moving parts, lower maintenance costs, and reduced fuel expenses. However, in FY16, only 22,000 EVs were sold in India, of which approximately 2,000 were cars and the rest two-wheelers. ...

    Live Mint on May 3, 2017, 2:08 a.m.

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    ... Various international covenants and charters, not to mention the Supreme Court of India, have long recognised access to justice as a basic human right. Yet, in reality, most litigants in India are denied such access, in large measure due to the pendency problem ailing the country’s courts. Even without citing extensive data, it is clear that the judicial pipeline is badly clogged. There have been three standard responses to fixing the judicial logjam. The first has been to create more specialised courts and tribunals. This method has been a documented failure. The court’s repeated interventions to fix the broken patchwork of tribunals have been unsuccessful; indeed, they have resulted in successive constitutional challenges to the tribunals’ very existence. ...

    Indian Express on Feb. 17, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

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    ...Reliance on the existing cybersecurity frameworks to address these threats—notifying users, tracking the source of the hack and improving protection for the future—seems to send the message out that nothing new can be done beyond more of the same old. Cyber threats are a necessary evil and we just have to protect ourselves better against them. But on closer analysis, the nature of these attacks, especially Mirai, reveal how ineffective more of the same old is soon headed to be. ...

    Live Mint on Nov. 16, 2016, 1:34 a.m.

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    ...Both are wrong, because observations in this verdict that go beyond resolution of the dispute at hand are legally ineffectual and must be set aside on appeal. At issue before the court was the photocopying of course packs by a Delhi University-authorised photocopier service without obtaining licences from academic publishers, with the extent of copying ranging from five per cent to 33.25 per cent of the contents of a book as per the publishers’ submissions. Copying beyond one-third of the text was thus not in dispute before the court and therefore, it would be fallacious for any free access advocate to contend that this verdict supports copying of entire books. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 14, 2016, 12:15 a.m.

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    ... The rise of the regulatory state in India in the past couple of decades has resulted in an explosion of information that governance bodies at all levels have to grapple with.Apart from the traditional channels of information supply, such as property and land records, population data, geographical information, social welfare schemes and the like, corporate compliance requirements with the different branches of the state have led to newer sources of data including under the securities laws, banking and finance regulations, intellectual property and competition legislation, and corporate social responsibility compliance.The information architecture to preserve and access this data currently resides in a set of disparate ledgers, books and databases. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 12, 2016, midnight