Common Reads #1 | Law, Tech and Governance
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Copyright infringement: Delhi HC directs Telegram to disclose info of users involved
What is important to read: Justice Pratibha M Singh [of Delhi HC] said in a ruling that the disclosure, on the basis of a court order, of the details of channel operators who are disseminating material that infringe copyright, or of the devices and other gadgets used for the same, could not be shielded under the grounds of protection of privacy or protection of freedom of speech and expression.
Top technology and legal experts from MNCs to gauge Digital India Act impact
What is important to read: The tech companies want experts to analyse the upcoming regulation, pre-empt any likely conflict and prepare them for the Bill to come into force. Experts have cited intellectual properties (IPs), operations and revenues as areas of concern. The upcoming Digital India Act (DIA) will reportedly be presented during the Winter Session of the Parliament as an upgrade to the IT Act, 2000.
India: Fast Tracking Through The Patent Prosecution Highway In India
Patents, like other forms of intellectual property, are jurisdiction specific. In other words, you obtain protection only in those jurisdictions where you have sought protection. The application process is long, and can stretch for months, or even years on end. While the end result, if successful, can be immensely satisfying and rewarding, the prospect of having to repeat this process in other countries can be quite overwhelming. For this reason, the international patent community has come up with many methods to simplify and shorten application processes where an application is being filed in multiple countries.
What is important to read: Significantly, not all subject matters are covered under this programme in India (this is not the case in Japan – see below). The IPO accepts PPH requests only for applications pertaining to Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Physics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Textiles, Automobiles and Metallurgy. Applications related to Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotechnology are not eligible.
Technology companies wary of law on digital competition
What is important to read: To tackle unfair and predatory practices in the digital market space, the Standing Committee on Finance will be submitting a report in the first week of September on how the competition law needs to evolve for the digital market. The majority of the tech companies who were invited to the meeting on Tuesday, however, expressed reservations about the necessity of any additional framework or law.
India to be the fastest-growing Asian economy in FY23: Morgan Stanley
India is likely to be the fastest-growing Asian economy in the Asian region in 2022-23, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley, who expect the expect India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to average 7 per cent during this period – the strongest among the largest economies – and contributing 28 per cent and 22 per cent to Asian and global growth, respectively.
What is important to read: A large part of this optimism has stemmed from a drop in commodity prices, especially crude oil. With a 23 – 37 per cent decline in oil / commodity prices since the March 2022 peak, Morgan Stanley expects macro stability indicators will head back towards the comfort zone and that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may not have to hike rates aggressively going ahead.
Small businesses count cost of Apple’s privacy changes
Small businesses are cutting back marketing spending due to Apple’s sweeping privacy changes that have made it harder to target new customers online, in a growing trend that has led to billions of dollars in lost revenues for platforms such as Facebook…Last month, Snap reported its weakest-ever quarterly sales growth, Shopify laid off 10 per cent of its workforce, Meta experienced its first-ever annual contraction in revenues and Twitter posted a loss. Meanwhile, Google Search and Amazon’s advertising business, which do not rely on third-party “tracking” and have been unimpaired by Apple’s policy, boomed in the second quarter.
A tricky Google CSAM case revives the surveillance debate
From the article: This seems like exactly the sort of nightmare scenario that privacy advocates warned about during the Apple debate: an innocent parent caught up in an algorithmic dragnet, turned over to the cops and locked out of his accounts forever. My initial reaction here tracked with Ben Thompson’s: at the very least, shouldn’t this man get his Google accounts back?
Meta lets advertisers in India pay for their ad campaigns in ‘no-cost’ monthly installments
From the Article: Meta has introduced a feature to let its advertisers in India pay for their advertising campaigns in ‘no-cost’ monthly installments for over three months — a move to help the social networking giant expand its advertising business in [India].
What is important to read: Last year, Meta launched a program to help small and medium-sized businesses secure loans. The firm said that program has expanded to over 19,000 postal codes across the country.
A post-dollar world is coming
From the article: This month, as the dollar surged to levels last seen nearly 20 years ago, analysts invoked the old Tina (there is no alternative) argument to predict more gains ahead for the mighty greenback. What happened two decades ago suggests the dollar is closer to peaking than rallying further.
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FRANCE, EGYPT, AND INDIA CAN HELP TO SPREAD SECURITY FROM MEDITERRANEAN TO THE INDO-PACIFIC
From the Article: In March 2021, the container ship Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal for six days, triggering a worldwide supply-chain crisis with extensive economic consequences. This incident was a powerful reminder of how intertwined the Mediterranean Sea and the Indo-Pacific are. Yet, these two maritime areas are often seen as separate regions despite a growing list of shared challenges from climate to trade and security. Russia’s war in Ukraine has only added to this connectivity by [destabilising] the energy market and provoking a food crisis.
What is important to read: Building on these shared interests, a trilateral partnership between France, Egypt, and India would ensure a much-needed transoceanic approach that would cover the Mediterranean Sea and the Indo-Pacific.
Silicon Valley should spare us the guff about doing good
What is important to read: The article written by Jemima Kelly explains how tech billionaires promote the idea of solving every problem with a technology system, replaced by something else, which is the case behind the Web3 narrative, focusing on the marketing and economic issues.
From the article: Making the web run on blockchains as a substitute, and introducing new monetary incentives within the type of crypto tokens, would truly someway imply this concept was constructed into the system: “That’s a very, very important concept in Web3: ‘can’t be evil’ instead of ‘don’t be evil’.”
The Clash Of Two Gilded Ages
What is important to read: As Thomas Piketty and several others have observed, America is now also experiencing a partial repeat of the 19th-century Gilded Age, except the former titans of capitalism in steel and railroads have been replaced by behemoths in high finance and technology. Globalization did not deliver on its promise of prosperity for all Americans; instead, the outsourcing of production to countries like China profited multinational companies while hollowing out industrial towns.
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