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Practo Partners With Government To Help Develop India’s Health Stack

“…around 12 integrators, including Practo, Pristine Care, and all the names you’re finding in the digital health space have not only helped in development of this protocol and this interface, but have also integrated (with Unified Health Interface) – and we’re doing beta testing on this,” said Kiran Gopal, director at the National Health Authority (NHA)....

Attend Our Briefing: Impact of Google’s changes to Android and Play Store

Third-party billing systems like Razorpay in apps, the ability for users to choose Bing over Google as their default search engine on an Android smartphone, and more flexibility for smartphone manufacturers like Xioami in choosing what Google apps they want on their phones are some of the major changes that Google has agreed to make to Android and Play...

Karthik Rai On Developing an Interoperability Framework for India | Meta India Tech Scholars 2021-22

“The suggestion of imposing interoperability [mandates] should be viewed in a larger context,” argued Karthik Rai in his research presentation for the Meta India Tech Scholars program (MITS). “If you look at suggestions to regulate Big Tech companies around the world, they’ve been more radical, like breaking down Big Tech. Interoperability mandates...

Indian Telecom Watchdog issues consultation paper on regulating converged digital technologies and services

A consultation paper on regulating converged digital technologies and services was issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on January 30, 2023. The paper deals with issues enabling the convergence of carriage of broadcasting services and telecommunication services. The telecom watchdog noted that various technological developments...

“But With Power, Comes Great Responsibility”: A tech policy poem brought to you by ChatGPT

We write a lot about facial recognition technology here at MediaNama. But, we’ve never tried writing a poem about it—and we’re not about to start trying. So, here’s your tech policy poem of the day—on the pitfalls and promises of facial recognition—powered by ChatGPT! Facial recognition technology in India, A tool for security, a tool for identity,...

Why Google’s changes to Play Store will not really benefit app developers

Google last week said that it is making changes to Android and Play Store to comply with the antitrust orders issued by the Competition Commission of India (CCI). Among the changes, one is that Google will allow app developers to use a third-party billing system along with Google’s billing system for in-app purchases. While this sounds like a win for...

Quick Take: ChatGPT has revived the debate about AI taking away jobs

The pace of AI development has accelerated and is bound to accelerate: there will be some jobs that will always be at risk. AI has typically been almost invisible to users – in completing sentences in emails, in voice assistant services and in the interpretation of complex commands. It is generative AI, and its usage in drafting legal contracts (I know...

MediaNama Daily: Will this truth last forever?

If There’s One Story To Read Today India’s Health Stack: Plans For “Single Source Of Truth” India is not only planning to centrally digitise health data of citizens but also to create an interoperable system for accessing and exchanging sensitive health data. Kiran Gopal of the National Health Authority said 1 in every 4 Indians have an ABHA...

India’s Health Stack: Plans for “Single Source Of Truth”

“…it is estimated that annually, around 6 billion health transactions take place. Our objective is to capture all of them digitally and provide that additional value added service with the support of the developer and the startup community,” said Kiran Gopal, director at the National Health Authority (NHA). He was speaking at the India Stack Developer...

Twitter plans to limit permanent account suspensions on its platform

Twitter will not resort to permanent suspension of accounts breaking its rules, and rely on “less severe actions” instead, according to a tweet put out by the company. The company also said that any user will be able to appeal an account suspension from February 1, 2023. As we shared earlier, we have been proactively reinstating previously suspended...

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