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‘I would recommend breaking up big tech’: Former Telecom Secy Aruna Sundararajan

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“I would recommend breaking big tech up,” said former Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan. "These companies are built on the assumption that scale is what matters. It’s hard to see why these companies wouldn’t want to get bigger," she said, referring to companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. Sundararajan also said that these tech companies are becoming “too big to fail” and most promising start ups get folded into one of these big companies. Sundararajan made these remarks at a panel discussion hosted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) here in New Delhi on September 24. The panel also discussed about the importance of access to non-personal data and who should claim ownership of it (see below). BJP’s Baijayant Panda, also a panellist, countered Sundararajan's argument by saying that "with the growth of China and the growth of big tech in China, American companies are saying that if you [US government] break us up, or if you impose more onerous regulations on us, you are affecting our ability to compete with the Chinese. So you [US government] need to be fair and promote America, if you want to make America great. Again, if you want America to become the innovation hub in the world, which is taking by China, you'll have to let us alone, don't break us up, don't put us under". 'Don't have a deterministic view on data localisation': Sundararajan Sundararajan also said that she hadn’t made her mind on data localisation yet. But, she…

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