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A ‘comprehensive look’ at NOFN strategy and implementation

The prime minister’s office (PMO) has setup a high-level committee to take a ‘comprehensive look’ at the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) project and propose an implementation

Let a thousand digital technologies bloom

Here’s the big question. Can every Indian have 24/7 internet connection? Two IIT Bombay professors and a couple of their students from the departments of electronics and aerospace presented a

Malegaon village that has 24/7 free Wi-Fi for all

It’s rare to find good Wi-Fi hotspots, let alone 100 percent Wi-Fi connectivity in an entire area in India. Yet, Malegaon village is showing how 100 percent connectivity can be achieved in an

Citizens first must be the approach for Digital India

Technology is a boon for the society and governance, and it is there to stay. But technology is like salt in food. It has to be in right proportion: while one can manage with less salt, one cannot

‘Broadband connectivity in villages will create a non-discriminatory platform’

Indian government’s flagship programme `Digital India` is directed more towards the poor than the elite, said union minister for information technology and communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad

India’s last-mile challenge

It is an unpalatable truth for prime minister Narendra Modi. The government still doesn’t have a coherent plan on how it’s going to pipe in high-speed internet broadband connectivity to

Digital disruption for a better tomorrow

When India sent its last telegram on the late Sunday evening of July 14, 2013, it was perhaps not the first technology to reach the end of its lifecycle. However, the reason it made it big on news

Let people play with data

In itself a piece of data is discrete and inert. So a number remains just that, an isolated strand. But string numbers together and it has enough potential to become intelligent, almost like the wa

Digitising documents for better citizen service delivery

I am really happy that India’s de-facto CIO – department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) secretary RS Sharma – has started to talk about dematerialisation (demat

This JAM clears bottlenecks

The focus on one number ID will soon become a passé. At a time when many developed countries like the US are harping on one ID that aims to shape their social landscape, India has coined a n

Govt to look at social media content to fine-tune policies

People’s voices matter in a democracy and soon this political dictum will move beyond the realm of rhetoric to become a reality. What can be seen as a clear attempt to establish a ‘deli

MAIT launches Digital India Action Group

MAIT, an apex body representing IT Industry in India, has launched the Digital India Action Group (DIAG) to provide ideas for enriching and accelerating the rollout of Digital India programme acros

Digital governance: The joy of sharing

Ever since coming to power, the NDA has announced many new mega plans as well as fast-tracked many existing plans. Digital India, Make in India and Smart Cities are among the new initiatives, while

Rural India marks only 2.15% growth in telephone subscription

Despite the Digital India push, the country’s rural section growth in terms of telephone connectivity is picking up at a slow pace. The number of telephone subscribers in rural India has incr

Delhi govt to enter e-gov age from Dec 1

The national capital will take enter e-governance in most complete and comprehensive manner from December 1 and take the position of a pioneer in e-office system. The Delhi governmen

Wait for five more years for govt to go paperless

It would take another five years to make it mandatory for the ministries to adopt the e-office technology. This was disclosed by Devendra Chaudhary, secretary, department of administrative reforms

The new digital blueprint for social change

There’s something big afoot in the Bitcoin world. It’s important enough for the smooth and ruthless sharks of Wall Street to take notice and turn uneasy. Bitcoins have always been treat

On world health day, Govt announced several e-health initiatives

Stressing on the need to utilise technology for improving health standards of people, union health minister

E-Classes: An IIT in every classroom...

The Indian education system is dogged by poor pupil-to-teacher ratio (PTR). Although the Right to Education (RTE) Act recommends one teacher per 35 students at the secondary level, states like Biha

Big Brothers will keep watching you

Five long years and several revisions later, the right to privacy bill is now wedged tightly between the department of personnel and training (DoPT) and the department of electronics and informatio

Automation: A boon or bane?

The fear that new technology could take away jobs and lead to a greater income inequality is not a new phenomenon. During the initial days of industrial revolution, people were worried that they wo

Aadhaar toll-free helpline revamped

In order to quick access to information pertaining to Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched the revamped version of its toll-free helpline number 1947.

No more files: Coal ministry is now paper-and clutter-free

It’s 2.30 in the afternoon and there is a mad rush in the corridors of Shastri Bhawan which houses the headquarters of several ministries. Holding a bunch of files in their hands or balancing

An uphill task

It’s a hot and dull afternoon. The streets of Mohali district in Punjab are almost empty. The dullness is also reflected inside the Mohali Sewa Kendra. Except for four women there is nobody i

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