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Parliament Watch: No data on internet shutdowns but much ado about Aadhaar linkage, cryptocurrency and more

Amid the Monsoon Session of Parliament, we round up the most important questions and developments that shape tech policy in India

The Government of India stuck to its usual stand-by of feigning ignorance with regards to censorship data. As such, it had no focused answers regarding internet shutdowns or social media regulations. Nonetheless, the central government had a lot to say about its success on Aadhar linkage with ration cards, cryptocurrency and lower digital frauds. Here’s a summary on all that was said in the last week on these topics and more. Where’s the data on internet shutdowns? Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh asked the government to confirm with data points whether India is the leading country in the number of internet disruptions and internet shutdowns. However, the central government said it has no data regarding such incidents because temporary internet suspensions are handled by state governments. “Centralized data of internet shutdown is not maintained by the government,” said the Information…

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