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India makes biometrics mandatory for all e-gov projects

India's issued three “Guidance Notes” outlining its government's policies for procuring software and entering into alliances and running RFPs. The new Model RFP Templates and Guidance Notes for Implementing Services (PDF), RFP Templates and Guidance Notes for Consulting Services (PDF) and Model and Model RFP Templates and …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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Police watchdog investigates illegal outsourced Indian hackers scandal

The UK's Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating claims that the Metropolitan Police used outsourced Indian hackers to illegally access the email accounts of Guardian journalists and environmental campaigners. A whistleblower claiming to be a serving police employee said the Met evaded Britain’s already lax …
Gareth Corfield, 11 May 2017

135 MEELLION Indian government payment card details leaked

If you're enthused about governments operating large-scale online identity projects, here's a cautionary tale: the Indian government's eight-year-old Aadhaar payment card project has leaked a stunning 130 million records. Aadhaar's role in authenticating and authorising transactions, and as the basis of the country's UID ( …
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India to world+dog: Go ahead, please hack our elections ... if you can

Following demands for an investigation into the security of India's electronic voting machines, the country's election watchdog has invited all comers to hack its e-ballot boxes. A kerfuffle over the machines kicked off after a round of recent elections: some in the Indian parliament claimed tallies were maliciously altered by …
Iain Thomson, 12 Apr 2017
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Microsoft opens Azure India to the world, not just Indian users

Microsoft's opened its three Indian Azure data centres to the world. Azure India kicked off in September 2015 but at the time Microsoft noted that “The India regions are currently available to volume licensing customers and partners with a local enrollment in India”, adding that “The India regions will open to direct online …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2017
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Internet declared a citizen's right for 34 million Indians

The Indian State of Kerala, home to 34 million people, has declared its citizens have a right to internet access. The State's budget speech (PDF), delivered last week by finance minister Dr. T.M. Thomas lsaac, included provisions for “free internet connections … provided to 20 lakh [two million - Ed] poor families. For others …

America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

The United States has suspended “premium” processing of H-1B visas, the skilled worker visa often used by technology companies to bring workers to the nation. The H-1B is very useful for tech companies, because the first 20,000 applications each year by those with the equivalent of a US Masters degree are exempt from the 65, …

BlackBerry wraps up India

Tying up loose ends, BlackBerry has found a licensee to sell BlackBerry-branded devices in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It now has deals in place covering the planet, the largest by far being with Chinese giant TCL. Publicly listed Optiemus Infracom will sell the devices in the Indian region. The company is a …
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Google found a way to go after 400 MEELLION new users this week

Google this week added Hindi to the languages spoken by its "Allo" digital assistance service, the company's Siri-and-Cortana competitor. The Register fancies this is a pretty significant thing to have done, because the world has about 400 million Hindi speakers in India alone, with plenty concentrated in states like Bihar …
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India added 240m phones/year build capacity in just one year

Between September 2015 and October 2016 India opened 38 new mobile phone factories with a combined peak output of 248m handsets a year. So says a Department of Telecommunications report (PDF) into the nation's “Make In India” effort to kickstart a manufacturing industry. Of the 29 companies responsible, Reg readers may …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2016
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Curb your enthusiasm, 'India's smartphones are changing the world' fans

India has just recorded its first-ever 30-million-smartphones-shipped quarter, according to abacus-shuffling firm IDC. Don't get too excited about that representing a breakthrough and serious momentum towards a wired India, because the firm says “channel preparation for the festive season, mega online sales and early import of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2016
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Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and BT bid for Indian cricket online

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and BT have been revealed as bidders for rights for India's top sporting attracting, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket competition. IPL matches often attract more than 100 million television viewers and the League runs all-but-daily for nearly two months, making it a media monster with few …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2016
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Google launches peer-to-peer YouTube vid sharing, only in India

Google's decided that India needs its very own YouTube, so has cooked up something called “YouTube Go” that permits peer-to-peer video sharing. Details of the new app are sketchy, but the bits aimed at India are the ability to preview videos before downloading them and advance warning of file sizes. Vids can be saved to a …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Sep 2016
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'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

India's government has decided to build a submarine cable between the city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The where? The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are about 1,300km east of India, way out in the Bay of Bengal. The Islands are home to about 380,000 people, among them the Jarawa people who lived a more-or-less …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2016
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India court could stop Facebook’s WhatsApp mega-slurp

Facebook is facing legal action in India over its attempt to slurp up user data from WhatsApp users. Two Indian students have gone to court in Delhi to demand Facebook reverses changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy. The public-litigation case will be heard later this week, just before the new policy comes into effect. The new …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2016
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French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

India is investigating a security breach affecting its French-built Scorpene-class submarines after more than 22,000 pages covering its secret capabilities were leaked. First reported in The Australian, the documents offer details on the designs of the submarines, which were put together by French company DCNS. Based on the …
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Indian techies told to prepare for tax sprint

National Goods and Services Tax means everything needs tweaking India recently introduced a national goods and services tax (GST)* and the nation's techies are now scrambling to prepare for its implementation. Each of India's states previously levied their own GST at their own rates, which rather complicated matters for …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016
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Again with the cheap internet access in India, Facebook?

Facebook's trying to bring affordable internet access to rural India again. The company has dangled a programme called “Express Wi-fi” at Internet.org, the platform it used for its Free Basics programme. India banned that service on net neutrality grounds. The Register notes that the "Express WiFi" page at Internet.org offers …

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