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The article discusses how access to and control of technology is predominantly exclusionary and suggests ways in which this may be remedied.
This article discusses the existing gender gap in the FinTech industry and analyses the existing government policies and initiatives that claim to regulate fintech with an aim to bridge this gap. It highlights the key regulatory and policy changes that are required to create an enabling environment for financial inclusion in India.
The article outlines the introduction of digital contraceptives and its implications. While a previous post in r-TLP discussed the issues with data protection and femtech, this submission attempts to alleviate a few of the concerns raised by detailing the regulatory requirements concerning health data, while also bringing to light the issue of accessibility that the requirements may inadvertently create.
Afrofeminist Data Futures
We Break it Down is an initiative at r-TLP which looks at bringing interesting and extensive pieces of research to the larger public. This post looks at looks at "Afrofeminist Data futures" by Neema Iyer, Chenai Chair and Garnett Achieng.
Today, internet platforms hold power to shape interactions and further fundamental values such as the right to communication, information and access to knowledge. The Internet has also given shelter to marginalised genders, enabling them to steer discussions and find solidarity by benefiting from anonymity. The latest Intermediary Guidelines 2021, through the "verification" clause and "traceability" requirement, lead to a lack of anonymity and a fear of data breaches. The fear of being exposed due to online platforms' usage damages the ability of marginalised genders to be seen, heard, and hinders their ability to participate as social actors. Intermediary Rules have far-reaching consequences on online privacy, freedom of speech and expression, and access to information, whose adverse effects are multiplied manifold when concerning marginalised communities.
In this article, the author explores privacy concerns that arise out of Femtech apps and the discriminatory nature of data collection in this context, concluding with solutions that can be employed to minimise the issues identified.
In this article, the author discusses the recent developments surrounding Facebook’s Oversight Board and looks at whether the institution of the board can actually solve some of the problems faced by the company.
Gender budgeting is an important perspective for analysing National Budgets. Analysing lthe 2021-22 Union Budget of the Government of India, Shruti from Rethinking Economics and Sapni from r-TLP argue for feminist policythinking on the digital space.
We Break it Down is an initiative at r-TLP which looks at bringing interesting and extensive pieces of research to the larger public. This post looks at looks at “What’s Sex Got to Do with It? Mapping the Impact of Questions of Gender and Sexuality on the Evolution of the Digital Rights Landscape in India” by Vrinda Bhandari and Anja Kovacs.
In this article Niharika from Rethinking Economics India and Lian from Robos of Tech Law and Policy look at the evolving nature of digital health in India and some of its most urgent concerns. The push for digitization of healthcare services stems from the belief that it would successfully tackle some of the issues currently plaguing the sector in India. This call, however, seems rather rushed given that we currently do not have a data protection law which would ensure that many foundational concerns such as the privacy of health data, etc are covered. It also questions whether this would solve or exacerbate infrastructural concerns.