In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 7th July 2019

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Parliament’s Budget Session: Sitharaman presents Union Budget 2019-20

We’re tracking all the developments related to internet and technology in India during the Budget Session of the Parliament. This will include all proposed legislation, bills listed or pending, and questions (related to technology and internet ecosystem) asked in both houses each day of the Parliament. Read it here

#PolicyNext: Problems with India’s policymaking process; RBI vs TRAI; MEITY

“Press Note 2 has impacted e-commerce companies more than anything which has gone through Parliament in a long time,” said technology policy and media professional, Prasanto K. Roy at MediaNama’s #PolicyNext Conference held in Delhi on June 27. Read it here

SEBI announces new framework for tech companies to issue DVR shares and undertake IPOs

Markets regulator SEBI on Thursday issued a new framework for certain technology companies to issue differential voting rights (DVR) shares from July 1, making it easier for the promoters of tech start-ups to go in for initial public offerings. Read it here

Paytm begins passing on MDR fees to customers from today: report

In an attempt to reduce its burn rate and turn a profit, Paytm will begin passing on the merchant discount rate – the fee that card companies and banks charge for processing digital transactions – to customers from today, the Economic Times reports, citing two people familiar with the development. Read it here

India saw 11 internet shutdowns in June, 59 so far in 2019

In June 2019, there were 11 instances of internet shutdowns reported in India, according to SFLC’s internet shutdown tracker. Of these 11 instances, 7 were ordered in Jammu & Kashmir, while West Bengal saw internet shutdowns on two different occasions. Internet services in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha were snapped one time each. So far in 2019, India has witnessed 59 reported instances of internet shutdowns. Read it here

#PolicyNext: “Jingoism is taking over policy-making”; Lobbying and interest groups

“My question to the TRAI about the Cloud Policy was ‘what is the market failure? How many people are dissatisfied? Has MeitY not done their work?’”, said Microsoft’s Chandrasekhar S at MediaNama’s first #PolicyNext conference held in Delhi on June 27th. One of the focus areas of our discussion was why a policy is made, the arguments around jobs and localisation, and the role of the e-commerce policy; see our entire coverage of the conference here. Read it here

IT Minister Watch: a running report of tech policy statements made by India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad has already made some key announcements around the data protection bill, intermediary guidelines, Digital Village, 5G, and social media usage after assuming the role of India’s new electronics, IT, Telecom and law minister on June 3, 2019. Read it here

#PolicyNext: The evolving narrative of tech policy, and what makes privacy expendable in India

“You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” Dvara Research’s Malavika Raghavan quoted Joni Mitchell talking about the nature and importance of privacy at MediaNama’s first #PolicyNext conference held on June 27th in Delhi. Amber Sinha of CIS meanwhile said that there was a problem in how privacy has been sold to us and that the messaging around privacy “is all flash and no substance.” Read it here

Internet services in Jaipur set to resume today; parts of city had been offline since Tuesday after rape of minor

Internet services were to remain suspended as a precautionary measure in 13 police station jurisdictions of Jaipur until 10 am today after a seven-year-old girl was raped in the city on July 1, UNI reported. Suraj Chaudhry, an official at the Jaipur Collectorate, told MediaNama at 10.30 am that services would be resumed “in three to four hours”. Read it here

Apple Transparency Report: Indian government sought data for 49 devices in July-Dec 2018

The Indian government asked Apple to provide information related to customer data for 49 devices between July and December 2018, the company revealed in its latest transparency report on Tuesday. Read it here