We are delighted to announce the launch of the ‘Digital Technology Policy for India’s USD 5 Trillion Economy’, an IAMAI report authored by Ikigai Law (available here). The report was launched in New Delhi on 24 September 2019 by Sunil Jain (managing editor, Financial Express), Baijayant Panda (national vice president, BJP), Aruna Sundararajan (former secretary, Department of Telecommunications), and Rajat Kathuria (director, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations).
This report recognizes that the “positive externalities and multiplier effect” of digital technologies will help India realize her vision of becoming a USD 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2024. We believe that deeply thought-out, widely consulted and carefully crafted policies for adopting and promoting digital technologies are necessary to fully harness their potential. Towards this aim, in this report we propose a set of guiding principles that may inform technology policy making in India. In section 1, we focus on foundational building blocks of India’s digital economy, including its connectivity infrastructure, mobile device ecosystem, and digital literacy and consumer awareness. In section 2, we offer targeted recommendations on key digital economy policy issues in India including data governance, platform regulation and intermediary liability, cyber security, encryption and surveillance, competition and digital taxation, emerging technologies, and digital payments.
We thank the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India) for the opportunity to work with them on this report. We look forward to working together with the government and other stakeholders to make India a world leading digital economy in the near future.