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Digital Emotions in India: Getting Emotional over what's in your Pocket

Times of India reports that people are becoming emotionally attached to their smartphones, show researchers from Loughborough University and University of Iceland in Reykjavik. The emergence of devices from the likes of Samsung and Apple gave users a computer in their pocket. Now apart from making phone calls and sending text messages, smartphone users have immediate access to the Internet, social media and network systems, e-mail accounts, video clips, music files and a vast array of phone-based software apps. "Smartphones are creating a huge ripple in the pond of human behaviour and it is important that, as smartphones develop, we continue to study the way they affect behaviour, emotions and emotional attachments," said Tom Page from Loughborough University Design School.
The science behind Human-Computer interaction is still developing as mobile devices and the Internet of Things become more prevalent. Indians are very emotionally attached to the smartphones in their poc…

Cyber-Insecurity: India's Digital Infrastructure

Times of India reports that India's cybersecurity budget was more than doubled last year. Yet, it is "woefully inadequate" in the wake of revelations made by US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and increasing cyberattacks on government infrastructure, according to experts. In 2014-15, the Department of IT has set aside Rs 116 crore for cybersecurity. The country has proposed to set up a national cyber coordination centre (NCCC) with a separate budget of Rs 1,000 crore. The coordination centre is still awaiting Cabinet clearance. "Allocation is woefully inadequate given Snowden's revelations we need at least 10 times that amount," said Sunil Abraham, executive director at Center for Internet and Society. According to the Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-In), reported attacks on Indian websites have increased nearly five times in the past four years. Until mid-2014, CERT-In recorded more than 60,000 incidents. Cybersecurity of g…

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Modi Dreams of the Big Easy: The Digital Raj

With Obama's visit to India on Republic Day, the discussion centred around business deals. India ranks near the bottom in the league on the ease of doing business in the country. India ranks below Pakistan and China. This is a common complaint of Indian and foreign business people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to reform the bureaucracy and red tape to make it easier to do business in India. Modi's dream of transforming India from Licence Raj to Digital Raj where people can interact with government and do business with ease is a long way off. This will involve changing generations of cultural inertia. This is where NRIs will have a major role to play.

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Quantum of Spectrum: Digital India Vision into Action

Times of India reports that GSM lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India said the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious 'Digital India' programme hinges on the resolution of some key sectoral issues such as the scarcity of spectrum. There is an "urgent need" for increasing the quantum of spectrum, which will contribute to the affordability of services, Rajan S Mathews, executive director at COAI, said. The body represents India's top carriers such as Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone India and Reliance Jio Infocomm, "For the Digital India programme, there is an urgent need for increasing spectrum availability, which will contribute to affordability of services, while harmonisation of spectrum will allow a lower cost device ecosystem to evolve," Mathews said.
If NaMo's ambitious plans on Digital India are to succeed then those involved in the relevant industries need to urgently act in coordination. NaMo is riding h…

Digital Default: Digital Effect on India

Times of India reports that betting big on the Internet of Things (IoT) as the third major wave in technology space, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) chief N Chandrasekaran has said that going digital was no more an option, but a default now. While digital economy and emerging trends in the technology space remained a key point during various sessions at the World Economic Forum, Chandrasekaran said IoT would transform every company, industry and even the society going forward. Taking over as the chair of the IT governors' steering committee of the WEF, the TCS managing director and CEO said, "Going digital is no longer an option for all of us, it is the default." IoT is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable and embedded computing devices within existing Internet infrastructure. 
Also Indian handset makers are increasingly selling their new smartphones through online channels, hoping to mimic the robust sales that Xiaomi and Motorola have reported in India by tapp…

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Digital Content in India's Regional Languages: Ideas for a truly Digital India

Digital content in Indian languages in the areas of entertainment, e-shopping and local services is significantly low in comparison to content in English reports the Times of India. According to M Krishna Doss, senior program manager, Microsoft India, there is a shortage of original content in Indic (Indo-Aryan) languages which form the dominant linguistic family of the Indian subcontinent. "In terms of languages in the digital world, there is a paucity in original content in Indian (Indic) languages as compared to that in English," Doss said during a lecture in the tenth anniversary of Bengali Wikimedia community at Jadavpur University here. Doss said the divide is more common in databases or content related to entertainment (music, films database etc.), online retail and local service such as small businesses. "In these sectors, content is being generated a lot in English but not in Indian languages," he said. As an example, he highlighted how pages of regional I…

Indian e-Commerce: A Crash Course in Customer Acquisition

Indian e-commerce is at the stage of trying to acquire as many customers as it can in this nascent e-commerce and m-commerce market. Having online discount sales seems to be the order of the day currently with huge sums being spent at customer acquisition this way. And trying to figure out the level of demand seems to be hit and miss with servers crashing and website going down when a huge surge of customers goes online. Also the logistics is not perfect trying to predict the level of demand. It is very much trial and error at the moment. But amidst all the crashes and delivery problems things will improve over time as the e-commerce market matures in India.
It is being predicted that more and more people in India will have their first online shopping experience through their smartphones so m-commerce is being given more importance. 
Narendra Modi's term in office looks like being one of exploring the e-commerce market in India and trying new ideas as to what works and what doesn&…

Ideas for eBooks in India

Indian e-tailers, reports Times of India, are moving beyond the discounts-led model that helped them attract customers online, with companies such as the market leader, Flipkart, and the largest fashion retailer, Myntra, reducing discounts considerably over the past six months and senior executives of some firms conceding that they have reached a level where they can afford to maintain prices even at the expense of a few new users. 
They also report that Srishti Khanna is never without a book. A literature teacher in a Delhi college, the 27-year-old's room is overflowing with contemporary and classic novels, books on history, literary theory, and philosophy. And so is her ebook reader. However, in the year and a half that she has had the reader, which she keeps encased in a black, book-like cover, she has not bought a single ebook. "They're all available online for free. And anyway, if I have to buy a book, I might as well buy a hard copy," she says. More and more In…

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Dreams of a Digital Democracy

Digital connectivity should become a basic right, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reported as saying by NDTV as he reached out to the scientific community, promising to cut red tape and sought their cooperation in "transforming" the country. "Digital connectivity should become as much a basic right as access to school," PM Modi said while inaugurating the Indian Science Congress in Mumbai. The PM spoke about paying equal attention to the ease of doing research and development along with business in India. He prompted the government to do its part in order to develop science and technology in India.
Also in the last year there have been many media reports on Internet privacy, right to be forgotten and governments asking social media companies to remove content they find unacceptable online. Facebook, Twitter, Google etc. are removing some content at the request of governments but keeping some online.  Issues on the clash between freedom of speech, hate crimes and go…

Digital Content Distribution in India

Times of India reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment added more viewing options for its provocative comedy 'The Interview,' making the film available through US pay television operators and nearly doubling the number of independent theaters that will show the movie. The film, blamed for triggering a massive cyber attack on Sony's movie studio, will also be sold through Wal-Mart Stores' digital on-demand service, Vudu, and on Sony's PlayStation Network, Sony said in a statement on Wednesday. On December 17, Sony canceled the Christmas Day release of 'The Interview,' a farcical story starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists recruited by the CIA to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after hackers threatened violence against movie theaters and major theater chains refused to show it. Following days of criticism from Hollywood celebrities and president Barack Obama, Sony struck deals to launch the film in 331 independent theaters and through on…

Going Digital: Digitisation Affecting Almost Every Aspect of Human Existence

Times of India reports that Cisco once famously predicted that 50 billion devices would be connected to the Internet by 2020. More recently Morgan Stanley predicted that this number would be 75 billion by 2020. Now we know that these were overestimates. The number of connected devices is now about 10 billion, and market research firms like IDC and Gartner think that they will grow to no more than 30 billion by 2020. As McKinsey said in a recent report on the Internet of Things (IoT), such lowering of expectations is common when any new technology is introduced. The precise number may not matter in the end, except that it is going up quickly and will at some point catch up with our expectations. And it will cross all expectations eventually. A decade from now, we might regard Internet of Things as one of the most significant technology trends of all time.
Digitisation or digital technology is probably one of the biggest factors affecting the evolution of human existence and is a trend…