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.
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.
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.
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.
The use of surveillance technologies by governments has been at an all time high during the pandemic. Prashanti Ramnanan navigates the manner in which surveillance tech violates human rights and ways to strike a balance between the two.
A grey market refers to a legal trade of genuine goods sold through unauthorised channels. This article attempts to understand the regulation of grey markets with the growth in the e-commerce sector.