We’re getting set for our first PolicyNext event, which is being held tomorrow at the India Habitat Centre. We have a stellar line-up for speakers, and as always, a great attendee list: we got over 200 confirmations for this discussion, which intends to take stock of the tech policy situation in India, from India’s approach to technology policy in the global context, to looking at the evolving framework for looking at rights, and lastly, the policy-making process itself.

MediaNama turns 11 tomorrow, so it couldn’t have been a better day for this discussion. :)

The Agenda

VENUE: Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre (pin)
DATE: June 27, 2019 (Thursday)

  • 12:30 PM – 01:30 PM: Check-in & Lunch
  • 01:30 PM – 02:45 PM: Panel #1, India’s approach to technology policy
    • Speakers: Chandrasekhar S (Microsoft India), Rajnish Wahi (Snapdeal), Rahul Sharma (IAPP) & Amba Kak (Mozilla); Moderator: Saikat Datta (Asia Times)
  • 03:00 PM – 04:15 PM: Panel #2, A Rights framework, tech policy and the State
    • Speakers: Bedavyasa Mohanty (Researcher), Malavika Raghavan (Dvara Research), Nehaa Chaudhari (Ikigai Law) & Amber Sinha (CIS; Moderator: Shashank Mohan (SFLC.in)
  • 04:15 PM – 04:45 PM: Break
  • 04:45 PM – 06:00 PM: Panel #3, The evolving process of policy-making
    • Speakers: Alok Prasanna (Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy), Smriti Parsheera (NIPFP), Prasanto K. Roy (Tech Policy & Media Professional) & Deepak Maheshwari (Symantec); Moderator: Nikhil Pahwa (MediaNama)
  • 06:00 PM – 06:45 PM: Open House: An agenda for the new government
  • 07:00 PM on wards: MediaNama & Mozilla Networking Mixer

Reading List

First up: I took a look at the themes that seem to be defining India’s tech policy a few weeks ago.

Panel 1: India’s approach to technology policy

Panel 2, A Rights framework, tech policy and the State

Panel 3: The evolving process of policymaking

First up, the Indian government is required under the Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy, 2014 to place all proposed legislation in the public domain for 30 days for consultation. An OUP paper makes the case for having a pre-legislative processes in India (this is paywalled).

On the TRAI as a regulator:

On the RBI as a regulator: