We are increasingly experiencing our lives through digital transactions. This requires serious thinking regarding how we should design relevant and country specific policy frameworks. The pace of technological change is inaugurating decisive shifts in the ways that we encounter issues of privacy, data localisation, data ownership, e-commerce among others. Given that the broad digital policy frameworks of USA, EU and China are being shaped by an entirely alternative set of assumptions, we seek to examine the particular policy choices that will shape India’s digital policy architecture.
Some specific questions that are of interest: What are the policy and political stakes involved in the extraction of personal and non-personal data? Are ‘privacy’ designs becoming even more vulnerable to ‘technological’ violations? How are so called ‘gig and platform economies’ completely re-orienting the labouring and digital landscapes? Is the growing use of Artificial Intelligence an adequate response to complex sectoral and policy related challenges?