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Top 10 stories of the week: September 23rd to 29th September 2019

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 29th September 2019

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Fraudsters selling stolen vehicles on OLX using fake Aadhaar cards caught by police

Three people were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for allegedly selling stolen vehicles on online selling websites, including OLX, according to a LinkedIn post by Azamgarh’s Superintendent of Police, Prof. Triveni Singh. Read it here

Understanding the digital payments ecosystem, and the role of services like Visa and MasterCard: #NAMA community meet

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This explainer is based on our #NAMA Community meet on the payments ecosystem held in New Delhi on July 31, and supported by FTI Consulting. The piece is based on sessions conducted by Peter T. Dunn, and questions and inputs from the audience. Read it here

We are just like ‘Ramu’: 1mg tells Delhi HC its a platform like Ola and Uber, does not need license

E-pharmacies have once again said that they are platforms like Ola and Uber, and do not need a license to operate. Just as Ola and Uber do not own cabs or have to be licensed under the Motor Vehicles Act, e-pharmacies don’t manufacture, stock, or sell medicines, but only provide a platform for their delivery. Read it here

One nation, one card? Amit Shah floats idea of an all-in-one ID; here are the problems with that idea

“If the census of 2021 takes place properly, and if we’re able to make a proper digital format for it, then your Aadhaar card, electoral photo identity card, PAN card, passport can all become one card,” said Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new headquarters of Office of Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner. Read it here

‘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. Read it here

Trade deal between India and US fails over tariffs on ICT products

India’s refusal to remove the 20% tariffs on Information and Communication Technologies’ (ICT) products has reportedly caused the trade deal between India and USA to fall through, The Hindu reported. Read it here

Google releases large dataset of deepfakes for researchers

Google has released “a large dataset” of visual deepfakes that it created to aid researchers “to directly support deepfake detection efforts”, the company said on September 26. Read it here

Open Transit Data in India

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Hundreds of millions of people worldwide rely on public transportation daily, yet only a tiny proportion of those users have access to accurate information about when their transport will arrive or where it is going. Read it here

Nigeria launches investigation into Truecaller for potential breach of privacy

Nigeria has launched an investigation into Truecaller’s potential breach of privacy rights under the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation, announced the country’s National Information Technology Agency (NITDA). Read it here

Summary: IAMAI’s 70 recommendations for India’s $5 trillion economy plan

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had indicated in her budget speech that technology and digitisation will play a crucial role in achieving the $5 trillion milestone by 2024. Read it here

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