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Entries from August 2010

Ending SMS Spam: Part 3

August 11th, 2010 · 3 Comments

There are two possible approaches that can be taken with the green and red channels approach. In the first approach, one could start by treating every entity that sends A2P SMSes on the green channel. Green channel messages are not stopped or delayed. Then, as complaints come in, the rate at which messages are delivered […]

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Ending SMS Spam: Part 2

August 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I had written a detailed series on the A2P SMS business in India a year ago. This is what I had written then: Creating a Do Call is certainly detrimental. The whole failure of implementation of Do Not Call (DNC) is being covered up by such a drastic measure. We assume that people who have […]

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Ending SMS Spam: Part 1

August 9th, 2010 · 4 Comments

India has an SMS spam problem. Mint and Times of India have recently run front-page stories. And then, our Finance Minister got a ‘pesky’ telemarketing call in the midst of an important meeting, which triggered a missive to the Communications minister, which in turn cascaded to the TRAI chairman. The solution being proposed is the […]

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Blog Past: NetCore’s DSO Business

August 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

From a blog post a year ago on the Digital Services Operator idea (which we launched via MyToday recently): The Digital Services Operator idea has been something I have talked about on many occasions in the past. (I used to call it the VAS Operator.) It basically combines three things – a direct-to-consumer reach on […]

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Weekend Reading

August 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments

This week’s links: China’s influence grows with its economy: from The Wall Street Journal. “Its explosive growth has driven conflicting shifts in Asia and beyond, triggering a scramble for commercial opportunity but fueling unease that the wealth is helping to finance a military buildup to press the communist government’s claims in the region.” Acute Multidimensional […]

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PGP for India: The Maximal Government We Have

August 6th, 2010 · 5 Comments

The Pretty Good Principles (PGP) are fundamentally at odds with the principles that the Indian government currently follows. The intrusion of the government into areas where it does not belong harms the national interest. It is a “maximal government.” Maximal Government The government is involved in airlines, railways, power generation, oil and natural gas, heavy […]

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PGP for India: The Relationship Between the Individual and the Government

August 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Continuing with the Pretty Good Principles (PGP) idea for India: The Relationship Between the Individual and the Government Liberal society with the individual as the principal and the government as the agent. Economic assistance based on the merits of individual needs, not group based economic assistance. Government should provide a level playing field for all […]

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PGP for India: Individual Rights

August 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Continuing with the Pretty Good Principles (PGP) idea for India: Individual Rights Must include something similar to the First Amendment of the US Constitution which protects the citizens from government abridgment of their rights. Full freedom of speech and expression. Non-discrimination against anyone regardless of their group identity. No special status for any individual based […]

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PGP for India: Minimal Government

August 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Continuing with the Pretty Good Principles (PGP) idea for India: Minimal Government Based on the precept “that government is best which governs the least.” Government should be involved only in the basic duties of a government such as providing public goods that cannot be efficiently provided by the private sector. Removal of government monopolies. Independent […]

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Pretty Good Principles (PGP) for India

August 2nd, 2010 · 35 Comments

Building on the idea proposed in the It’s Up To Us Now essay that I had written, Atanu Dey and I built on the idea of “Pretty Good Principles” for India, which I will outline over the course of this week. We would love to get your feedback.  India, like every successful entity, must have […]

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Blog Past: Train, Trek and Temples

August 1st, 2010 · No Comments

This, taken from a blog post a year ago, is exactly what I am doing this weekend: Last week, I went on a pilgrimage to the Palitana temple near Bhavnagar in Gujarat.  It is considered as one of the most sacred places among Jains. I had last been there 30+ years ago. …We went by […]

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