The pace of development in technologies in the Indian digital landscape has prompted a debate on the nature of regulations that should govern them. A decade after ‘first-generation’ laws were introduced in India to regulate cyberspace, there is growing consensus that they are outmoded, and behind the curve on cutting-edge technologies. New iterations of these laws will require a digital policy framework and vision supported by the private sector, academia, the technical community and civil society. The Digital Policy Portal, a research initiative by the Observer Research Foundation supported by Microsoft, is one step in this direction.
The Digital Policy Portal will feature original research — exclusively by Indian scholars and practitioners — while collating news and analyses in cyber security, internet governance, the digital economy, intellectual property rights, access to digital spaces, autonomous weapons and sentient technologies, among other topics.
Help calibrate existing rules and regulations
that govern digital spaces
Contribute to shaping discussions
on emerging policy concerns
Map and assess the nature of
future developments in cyberspace
About the Observer Research Foundation
Set up in 1990, ORF seeks to lead and aid policy thinking towards building a strong and prosperous India in a fair and equitable world. It helps discover and inform India’s choices, and carries Indian voices and ideas to forums shaping global debates. ORF provides non-partisan, independent analyses and inputs on matters of security, strategy, economy, development, energy, resources and global governance to diverse decision-makers (governments, business communities, academia, civil society). ORF’s mandate is to conduct in-depth research, provide inclusive platforms and invest in tomorrow’s thought leaders today.