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India's New Generation of IT Entrepreneurs Driving Social and Economic Change

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, October 23 2012

As India's information technology sector continues to grow, new startups are looking toward the domestic market rather than focusing primarily on developing technology for export. Driven by a rapidly growing middle class, the boom in India's IT industry is fueling an optimism that would make Silicon Valley veterans shed a tear of nostalgia for the halcyon days of the 1990s. But while these entrepreneurs are driven by old-fashioned capitalism, they also recognize the potential of low-cost, profitable solutions that benefit India’s poor — and, by extension, civil society. Read More

Indian iHub Nurtures Domestic Startups as Tech Savvy Middle Class Expands

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, September 28 2012

The Startup Centre, a Chennai-based for profit iHub, is poised to take advantage of India's increasingly prosperous domestic consumer market by nurturing tech ideas into start ups. Read More

Google's Launch of Navigation and Traffic Maps in India Coincides with Domestic Launch of Affordable Android Phone

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, September 6 2012

On Tuesday Google announced the launch of voice guided navigation and live traffic reports for India's major cities. While the announcement was generally met with enthusiasm, some pointed out that the apps might not be of much use to most Indians, since they are only usable via Androids, which are not widely used in India. But of course Google already thought of that. Read More

India’s Fourth Largest State Gives Transparency Priority with New Website Launch

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Monday, July 30 2012

Last Saturday Andhra Pradesh, an Indian state more populated than Germany, launched a new state legislature website designed to make information more accessible to the public and improve communication between legislators and their constituents. Read More

Researchers Discover That Internet Filtering in One Country Can Affect Users in Another

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, July 16 2012

Journalist Cyrus Farivar reports on an odd phenomenon known as "upstream filtering." A team of scientists at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs have discovered that internet users in Oman are unable to view sites that are censored in India, because internet traffic from Oman flows through India. Read More

India and the Internet: World's Largest Democracy Limits Online Freedom 

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, July 10 2012

India, often described as the world's largest democracy, is embroiled in an internal dispute over Internet freedom. Activists are lined up against the government, with no clear winner yet. Read More

State Department Developing Indian NGO Portal

BY Raphael Majma | Monday, March 19 2012

The State Department is in the final stages of creating an online portal to help Indian-Americans donate to non-government entities in India. Read More

Indian Govt Admits Websites Were Hacked

BY Raphael Majma | Friday, March 16 2012

In a blow to confidence in India's online infrastructure, a federal minister revealed that over the course of three months over 112 Indian government websites were hacked. Read More

New Slang: Indian Government Launches a Wiki for Economic Jargon

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 31 2011

Photo: Trilok Rangan / Flickr On the occasion of the Indian Economic Service's 50th anniversary, the government agency has launched Arthapedia, a wiki to define obscure economic terms. Launched yesterday, Arthapedia is ... Read More

The U.S. and India Are Still Doing Open Government Together

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 19 2011

Apropo, perhaps, of India's apparent withdrawal from leadership of a recently announced multilateral open government initiative, the U.S. State Department today released a fact sheet on joint projects between the U.S. ... Read More