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Entries from October 2011

TRAI’s SMS Licence Raj – Part 1

October 31st, 2011 · No Comments

I used to wonder what the 1970s and 1980s would have been like for many Indian businesses. India was then under the licence permit quota raj. The government had the power to make or break any  business. A single rule passed by a bureaucrat could hand over a market to a competitor – or if […]

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Blog Past: Organising a Better Conference

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Given my posts about conferences, here is what I had written a year ago: Here are some learnings from the Gov 2.0 Summit (and others I have attended) on how to organise a better conference: Format: Most conferences I have attended tend to either be presentations or panels, or some mix of both. Presentations by […]

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Weekend Reading

October 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This week’s links: Why Education startups don’t succeed: by Avichal Garg. “Most entrepreneurs in education build the wrong type of business, because entrepreneurs think of education as a quality problem. The average person thinks of it as a cost problem.” A Silicon Valley school that doesn’t compute: from NYTimes. “[The] 160 Waldorf schools in the country…subscribe to […]

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Why Gujarat is Different

October 28th, 2011 · 5 Comments

En route to Ahmedabad, Atanu and I got talking to the person next to us. He was from one of the world’s largest multinationals. He narrated a story that is worth repeating. His company wanted to invest $1 billion into setting up various manufacturing facilities in Karnataka. It took them many months to get the […]

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Airport Security Blues

October 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Atanu Dey and I were waiting at the depature gate at Mumbai airport for our flight to Ahmedabad. A lady with three young kids (including one in a stroller) was stopped and asked to go back  upstairs to the security check since one of her bags did not have the stamp. She said there is […]

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Presentation at eGov Conference in Ahmedabad

October 26th, 2011 · No Comments

I chaired a panel on ‘Role of Digital Leaders and Bloggers in eGov 2.0’ at the ICEG and KSS conference in Ahmedabad last week. My presentation was brief, and we had an excellent interactive discussion between the panelists and the audience. This is what DailyBhaskar.com had to say about one of the points I made: […]

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Two Ideas for Conferences

October 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Recently, Dr. Aniruddha Malpani asked me to MC a conference on Information Therapy. I haven’t MC-ed anything other than company meetings, so this was an interesting opportunity to do something different. Having attended many conferences, I have seen what can be done to make them more interesting. And of these, two of the most important […]

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Netcore acquires Ravience, a mobile marketing services provider

October 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment

An announcement we made last week: Digital real-time communications company Netcore Solutions today said that it has acquired Ravience, a Mumbai-based mobile marketing services provider, for an undisclosed sum. Ravience is focused on helping brands engage with their customers using its multi-modal response management suite ‘Responage’. Since its incorporation in 2008, Ravience has achieved several […]

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Blog Past: A World of Screens

October 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

From a post a year ago: During my US trip, as I walked through the train and looked at people around in the conference, I could not but help notice that so many of them were just looking at their Screens. Laptops, mobiles, iPads, Kindles, and so on. Screens have become the centre of our […]

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Weekend Reading

October 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: How Fox News changed the face of journalism: from Washington Post. India needs its own Fox News. “Fox has become a very real force in America’s culture and politics. It has altered the national dialogue with its different sensibilities and given conservatives a platform.” Steve Jobs model for Education Reform: by Rupert […]

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Citizens and Politicians Engagement: From Confrontation to Constructive Co-operation – Part 5

October 21st, 2011 · 4 Comments

Today, representatives and citizens are seen as two separate entities, creating an “us versus them” feeling. This needs to change. One way to do this is to create the equivalent of a “Social Causes for India” project. These 5-10 hours from each of us can make a huge difference in bridging the chasm that exists […]

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Citizens and Politicians Engagement: From Confrontation to Constructive Co-operation – Part 4

October 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Fifth, political parties must explore the concept of primaries to foster inner-party democracy. At one time, Indian political parties used to have this. But this has slowly disappeared. By bringing primaries, we will ensure that local issues have importance, and it will also give importance to local leaders, who in turn will be more accountable […]

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Citizens and Politicians Engagement: From Confrontation to Constructive Co-operation – Part 3

October 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Third, technology can help complement the face-to-face interactions. All elected representatives must have web pages, email IDs and mobile keywords wherein citizens can send feedback, suggestions and grievances to them. A time-based response mechanism must be set up. Companies do this, so why not the political class? The need is for a citizen relationship management […]

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Citizens and Politicians Engagement: From Confrontation to Constructive Co-operation – Part 2

October 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

First, there need to be forums where citizens can debate issues amongst themselves. The problem today is that there are too many claimants for the civil society mantle. Instead, what needs to happen is neighbourhood forums where citizens can debate and arrive at a consensus. These deliberations have to become the foundation of our democracy. […]

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Citizens and Politicians Engagement: From Confrontation to Constructive Co-operation – Part 1

October 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Even as Parliament gets down to discussing the details of the Lok Pal Bill, we need to take some learnings from what has happened in August. First, India’s middle class and youth have genuine reason to be unhappy. Anna tapped into their discontent about corruption, and struck a chord. There is a need to address […]

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Blog Past: Government 2.0 to India 2.0

October 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

From my Gov 2.0 series a year ago: The Greatest Challenge for our Generation India’s governments have through the years have failed in providing the most basic services to the population at large. A radical rethink is needed on the role of government and the government-citizen interface. The time has come for us, the citizens […]

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Weekly Reading

October 15th, 2011 · No Comments

This week’s links: What’s next for Apple? by Matt Mullenweg. “Here are six things I think are inevitable for Apple to do over the next decade, from most to least obvious: maps, iCloud, payments, TVs, search, and cars.” A Google Engineer on Google+: from SiliconFilter. “Google+ is a knee-jerk reaction, a study in short-term thinking, […]

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Big Brother Watching Everything – Part 2

October 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Look at the details of a tender put out by the Home Ministry, as reported by Medianama in June. Everything that can be monitored will be monitored. Every move we make is being watched, every word we say online, every link we click, every mail we send, every SMS we send, every location we visit […]

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Big Brother Watching Everything – Part 1

October 13th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Under the guise of internal security and some random reasons, our privacy and rights are being deeply impacted. Let us put various elements together: According to a friend I spoke to, the recent restrictions on SMS have less to do with telemarketing and more to do with the government’s desire to prevent recurrence of April […]

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Service Tax Change hurts Small, Growing Businesses

October 12th, 2011 · 3 Comments

In April, the rule regarding payment of service tax was changed. Earlier, payment had to be made when the money was collected. Now, payment of the tax has to be done on billing. In India, it typically takes 3-4 months for most payments to come in, and there is always some issue with some bills […]

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