All stories by Sourabh Lele
Aadhaar To Be Default e-IDRediff.com7 Oct 2023
If a citizen chooses not to use Aadhaar as the default unique identity, then other unique identity proofs masked and linked to Aadhaar would be used.
10 Districts = 80% Of CybercrimeRediff.com4 Oct 2023
Online fraudsters are widely targeting Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions to dupe people and carry out unauthorised transactions, making it the most prevalent form of online financial fraud during 2020-2023, said a whitepaper on cybercrime trends.
Records of 320,000 patients on AYUSH Jharkhand hackedRediff.com5 Sep 2023
CloudSEK in its report also warned that the leaked data could enable account takeovers.
Microsoft unveils blueprint for India on AI governanceRediff.com25 Aug 2023
Tech giant Microsoft has unveiled a blueprint for India on artificial intelligence (AI) governance, and proposed a regulatory architecture to oversee safety protocols, according to a whitepaper released on Thursday. The whitepaper titled "Governing AI: A Blueprint for India" comes amid Microsoft raising its stakes in its artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT. The proposed AI regulatory architecture includes regulations prescribing safety and security requirements, then license deployment for permitted uses in a licensed Al data centre with post-deployment safety and security monitoring and protection.
Demand for IT gig workers grew 157% in H12023, says job firm AwignRediff.com19 Jul 2023
At a time when the tech sector witnessed a spree of layoffs and slowdown in new hiring, IT firms have opted for temporary jobs in order to turn some their fixed costs variable. Work fulfillment platform Awign has reported a 157 per cent rise in demand for such jobs in first half of 2023. Awign says most of the demand has arisen for highly-skilled tech professionals at mid-level and senior positions with 2-7 years' experience.
Despite its high internet user base, India has just 6% of global cybersecurity jobsRediff.com22 Jun 2023
Even as cyber threats continue to rise in India - the second-largest global active internet user base - the country is currently facing a big skill gap in the cybersecurity domain and represents just six per cent of global cybersecurity jobs, finds a report. As of May 2023, the industry had about 40,000 open opportunities, indicating the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals. However, the demand-supply gap stood at 30 per cent, projecting a major skill challenge in the industry, finds the study by tech staffing firm TeamLease.
Hackers target YouTube channels of journalist, comedianRediff.com6 Jun 2023
Possible phishing attack targets high-profile channels run by Barkha Dutt and Tanmay Bhatt.
IT mid-caps stick to steady growth amid uncertain macrosRediff.com8 May 2023
With the Big Four information technology services players having disappointed the Street, the focus is on mid-cap IT players who seem to have met expectations, according to analyst reports and management commentary on the demand environment.
Cognizant rejig to cost $400 mn over 2 years, to lay off 3,500 employeesRediff.com5 May 2023
Nasdaq-listed information technology (IT) services firm Cognizant will incur the cost of $400 million over two years as it sets to restructure its operations amid sluggish growth rates. Its NextGen Program aims at simplifying the operating model, optimising corporate functions, and consolidating and realigning office space to reflect a post-pandemic hybrid work environment. As part of this structural shift, Cognizant will eliminate 80,000 seats, or 11 million square feet of real estate in large cities in India.
Indian start-ups may take legal route against Google in-app billingRediff.com10 Apr 2023
Scrutiny of Google's code of conduct in the Indian Android ecosystem is far from over with several start-ups preparing to appeal against the company's revised policies of service fee on in-app purchases and subscriptions, according to sources in the know. This comes days after the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) granted partial relief to the tech giant, reversing four of the 10 key non-monetary directives that would have forced Google to allow uninstalling of its pre-installed apps on Android devices. Paytm, BharatMatrimony, and ShareChat are among the start-ups that are likely to file grievances against the tech major for alleged non-compliance with the Competition Commission of India's (CCI's) cease-and-desist order on Play Store policies.
SVB crisis: $200 mn worth start-up deposits moved to GIFT CityRediff.com17 Mar 2023
Around $200 million worth of deposits of Indian start-ups have been withdrawn from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which was taken over by US banking regulators last week after it collapsed, and moved to the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) IFSC, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state (MoS) for electronics and information technology said on Thursday. "It turns out that there was over a billion dollars of deposits of Indian start-ups in SVB. "The existential, solvency crisis that was there six-seven days ago has become much more manageable, even the short-term liquidity crisis is being addressed as the bank allows access to deposits," the minister said while speaking at Lenovo's Tech World India Edition event.
Coming Soon: 'Trusted Fact Checkers'Rediff.com4 Mar 2023
The government wants a collaborative model with a public-private partnership to fact-check social media content.
IT firms delaying onboarding freshersRediff.com3 Mar 2023
'It is a sign of a bigger problem which is coming in the next six months.'
Negligence Of Cybersecurity May Spoil The PartyRediff.com28 Feb 2023
'As long as businesses do not consider cyber recovery an integral part of their enterprise IT, they remain greatly vulnerable.'
Finland Wants Indian Techies!Rediff.com1 Feb 2023
In the last 12 months, over 7,500 Indians have applied for a resident permit.
GACs to have wider scope, will hear all types of grievance appealsRediff.com9 Jan 2023
MeitY had stated there was a need to set up GACs as grievance officers hired by the platforms often did not address issues satisfactorily.
CoinSwitch holds Rs 1,083 cr of users' assetsRediff.com7 Jan 2023
CoinSwitch has 7.21 times more cash holdings in rupees, compared to that held by its users on its platform.
Know More About Data Privacy JobsRediff.com6 Jan 2023
Data privacy as a career option is gaining ground with thousands of open job positions, swelling salaries, and rising compliance requirements across the globe, finds a report by data privacy and cybersecurity provider Tsaaro.
Indian crypto exchanges stay put in business after 'a year to forget'Rediff.com29 Dec 2022
The price of bitcoin, the bestselling cryptocurrency, has shrunk nearly three times this year to mark the fate of such digital assets. Crashing prices, regulatory uncertainty and taxes have put Indian crypto exchanges in troubled waters. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's budget for FY23 announced a 30 per cent tax on any income from the transfer of virtual digital assets.
Aadhaar's next goal: Financial inclusion in rural areasRediff.com19 Dec 2022
Since the first Aadhaar number was issued in September 2010, more than 1.33 billion Aadhaar cards have been generated till June 2022. With the Aadhaar enrolment of adult Indians nearing 100 per cent, the main objective of the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), which was to give Unique Identification numbers (UID) to all residents of India, is almost achieved, said a senior government official. "Enrolment will now be much more update-based, because people keep updating their mobile numbers and addresses.