9 Feb ’21: Responsible Tech Bulletin

  1. By dissecting six cases ranging from porn ban to streaming services regulation, @VrindaBhandari and @anjakovacs find that efforts aimed at “protecting” women often end up making them subject to state control and weakening their digital rights. Full paper: https://bit.ly/2NZgH1h
  2. The non-personal data committee report set off intense discussions on the role (if any) of the state in managing ‘community’ data. New paper by @DataGovNetwork evaluates jurisprudence on natural resources to see how much of it is applicable to data. Link: bit.ly/3j9DNxT
  3. Biden’s inauguration is an opportunity to revisit the US TikTok ban. As @amannair_ argues, there are sound economic and political reasons to reverse the ban. The privacy concerns require a more fundamental solution, rather than a ban. Full blog here: http://bit.ly/3pEX0K7
  4. Use of machines in healthcare raises the most complex ethical questions, because the cost of getting it wrong is potentially a human life. In Ep. 4 of #BraveNewWorld, @VasantDhar and @EricTopol discuss the ideal role for AI in healthcare. http://bit.ly/2MgnIdH
  5. MNREGA job demand actually dipped when Covid hit in April ’20, but reached 175% of 2019 levels by June — pointing to a lag between economic distress and job demand. Every week, @DIRI_ISB brings such insights based on high-frequency data. Dashboard here: http://bit.ly/3jcM97F
  6. The combined wealth of Big Tech firms now exceeds the GDP of most nations, and they have little reason to prioritise people and planet over profit. A series of essays curated by @ITforChange looks at what a #DigitalNewDeal could look like. Full report: https://bit.ly/3att9Oe
  7. New @DataGovNetwork paper studied the enforcement process at SEBI and CCI and finds lacunae because the principle of natural justice is assumed and not codified in law. It them recommends how this could be done for the proposed DPA. Full paper: bit.ly/39UbwIF
  8. John Sexton joins @VasantDhar in Episode 5 of @DataGovNetwork’s podcast series, Brave New World, to share his insights on how law, religion and education can adapt to a rapidly changing world owing to #technological advancements. bit.ly/3q0SUMJ
  9. India Pulse by @DIRI_ISB finds that fertiliser sales in India remained flat in 2020, while agricultural produce traded in mandis saw variation. Punjab saw a steep dip at the end of 2020. Weekly insights from high-frequency data. Dashboard here: http://bit.ly/3bNtgGJ

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