In an editorial for Times of India, Eben Moglen and Mishi Choudhary set out an ambitious but achievable vision for Digital India.
READ: "Beat digital colonialism – What Digital India should mean: A tech policy for the Indian future"
"By setting a 'best in world' standard of privacy protection in new legislation, India can produce and export privacy to the world by competing on a pro-privacy basis with the platform companies."
"As we head into the general election campaign, the challenge to frame technology policy for the crucial next decade is before the political parties...There is now a societal consensus that 'Digital India' must mean protecting Indian citizens..."
"There is now a societal consensus that “Digital India” must mean protecting Indian citizens against multinational appropriation of their behaviour data, identities, very lives..."
"But the effect of current policy [in India] is to use protectionism to build an alternative local ecosystem that will gather and commercially exploit fully comprehensive data about Indians’ market activity and personal behaviour..."
Eben Moglen & Mishi Choudhary make a bold claim:
"But even the large fines beginning to be levied by European countries against Google and Facebook under GDPR cannot fundamentally change the nature of the industry or the threats it poses.
Eben Moglen & Mishi Choudhary on India's potential:
"By setting a 'best in world' standard of privacy protection in new legislation, India can produce and export privacy to the world by competing on a pro-privacy basis with the platform companies"
"European societies are not configured to provide inexpensive cloud-based, privacy respecting services...But the Indian labour market has the skills, the scale, and the educational capacity to build its own 'non-platforms'..."
"This is [India's] business opportunity: to provide privacy not only to [its] citizens, but as a commercial services bundle to people everywhere, including in wealthy European societies, which are alive to the threat to privacy."
Eben Moglen & Mishi Choudhary:
"India should become the anti-China of the so-called fourth industrial revolution, committed to using the technology of machine learning to enhance democracy and civil liberty, not – as in Beijing’s vision – to destroy it."
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