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‘Concern about democracy in the digital age’

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    26th Aug, 2020

In the times of digital age, information asymmetry has become so skewed that it has eroded the very spirit of democracy by limiting the unbiased communication of ideas.

Context

In the times of digital age, information asymmetry has become so skewed that it has eroded the very spirit of democracy by limiting the unbiased communication of ideas.

Background

  • At a time when the Internet is the new jazz and a tool as also a venue for all political hues, it is important to understand how government, political parties and citizens are responding to this new triangular interplay between data protection, privacy and a flow of information.
  • When the Government of India banned 59 Chinese apps on the ground of transgressing Indian security, the question as to-
    • Why in the first instance were they allowed into India?
    • Was there no security or privacy audit?
    • While Facebook and Amazon are facing scrutiny on their own soil for their data mining policies, how did we allow so many apps without any check?
  • Government policy on national security should be based on advance strategic assessment rather than on a reactive basis.
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