Digital India 2012 Trends – Part 10

Government and Politics: Interference and Opportunity

2011 will be remembered as the year that the government started cracking down and limiting the freedom of speech on the Internet. Perhaps shaken by the success of the India Against Corruption mobilisation via mobile and social media, the government fought back by cracking down on social media, TV channels and SMS. 2012 will see various court battles to determine whether India sees censorship in the China model, as one of the judged hinted.

India’s mobilisation and politics can also be changed via the coming rise in digital users. IAC was a good showcase of what can be possible. Given the large base of urban Middle India and the tools that they have to now organise, there is no reason for this segment to continue to stay apathetic to social and civic issues relevant to the future of the country.

Last Word

So, even as India’s Internet comes of age finally, our government, digital infrastructure  and regulation hold our usage back. I hope that 2012 sees these obstacles go. But given past experience, I am not optimistic. And yet, we as consumers will find our own paths to make the digital world an even greater part of our life.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.

3 thoughts on “Digital India 2012 Trends – Part 10”

  1. Hi Rajesh,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Hopefully, the showcase event that you refer to was a tipping point for the nation. If this is indeed true, then the Government can no longer continue to be an obstacle as they may have successfully been for the last 60 years.
    – Vinod.

  2. It is not in india alone, it is happening everywhere.

    everywhere governments are seeking increasing control over the net and its accessories simply because of its growing power to influence public opinion.

    that is not the bigger reason however. the audience that started off using the net, and the one which gave it (and) used its unfettered freedom is being outnumbered by the march of the ordinary, and the rules if any will be set by this hitherto ignorant class.

    An audience that has opinions about how the net should be, and a conservative audience at best.

    if the net was a place where you could let go, it is no longer so, will no longer be so after some time, it is better we get used to it.

    the wild west, the last frontier of unfettered freedom is sought to be tamed, and india is not alone. if there are others who havent joined in the clamor for control, trust me, they will.

    what rajesh refers to as ground breaking, the IAC for instance are mere pinpricks that prod governments to action. if not this, there will be other prods, but there is no doubt as to which the direction will be, and as some will have it, ought to be….

    get ready to run, if but to hide…

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