The exponential growth of data-enabled services in India over the past decade has bought in its wake concerns that occupy a wide spectrum extending from user data theft to data sovereignty concerns arising out of sensitive data residing on data servers based out of geographical boundaries of India. Recent policy papers released on regulating Over the Top (OTT) applications by TRAI and the draft National Encryption Policy by DeitY have opened vibrant public debates around issues of net neutrality and government control over encrypted communications. There is now a general consensus that policies relating to the data ecosystem need to be product agnostic and focus on streamlining processes instead.
The winners of the CPPR Policy Challenge, Ranjeet Rane and Mathew John, competed against 68 other participants from across India. The 10 top participants were shortlisted for a training workshop in Kochi, Kerala. And after submitting reworked drafts, each emerged as First and Second prize holders respectively.
Ranjeet Rane is an Information Security and research professional and has a PG diploma in Cyber law. Ranjeet’s winning policy brief ‘Store in India’ proposes a National Data Infrastructure Policy (N-DIP) to address structural flaws in India’s data infrastructure. Towards this end, his paper further analyses the existing deficiencies and goes on to argue for a more holistic approach, as opposed to the existing problem solving approach.
Click here to read the policy brief: ‘Store in India’ – National Data Infrastructure Policy (N-DIP)