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Report Release: Technology Policy Review, India | October-December 2020

Technology Policy Review October-December 2020

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The government’s message is clear — regulation of digital spaces is necessary and imminent. One of the most important developments in the October-December 2020 quarter was the Information and Broadcasting ministry getting administrative control over digital news platforms and streaming services. Digital news soon became subject to FDI restrictions, while self-regulation of streaming services remained a non-starter. 

In this edition of the Technology Policy Review, we have summarised all the major developments in the Indian internet ecosystem that transpired between October and December 2020.

Download the report here: Technology Policy Review, India | October — December 2020 

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) launched a full-blown investigation into Google’s dominance in the app store market. The probe came just weeks after Indian startup founders pushed back against the company for mandating the use of its billing system in an attempt to collect 30% commission on all payments. 

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The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) announced a significant policy change this quarter by capping UPI players’ market share at 30%. This was done at the exact same time as it allowed the launch of WhatsApp Pay. In Kerala, the CPI(M)-led state government issued an ordinance to criminalise online defamation, only to withdraw it the same day after widespread criticism. 

This report will give you an overview of:  

  1. Key developments between October-December (Q4 2020) in India’s technology and internet ecosystem 
  2. Government decisions that will impact the Internet in India, around digital news, gig economy, and facial recognition, etc 
  3. The factors influencing India’s decisions and responses, such as Indo-China relations, the COVID-19 pandemic and need for digital health systems, demands for regulation of the streaming industry and so on.

Our previous report on the July-September 2020 quarter can be found here

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