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Sandhya Sharma

Sandhya Sharma

1 Editor- Technology Policy and Foreign Policy Economic Times Prime

With over a decade and a half of experience in foreign policy, technology, public policy, and advocacy, I describe myself as a specialist in "techplomacy". My core interest lies in dissecting the policymaker's mind with respect to technology policy and foreign policy. I also have a background in cyber law, and I love joining the dots to deliver coherent narratives in the complex global policy domain. I track India's foreign policy and it's strategic interests in countries like China and the US.

With over a decade and a half of experience in foreign policy, technology, public policy, and advocacy, I describe myself as a specialist in "techplomacy". My core interest lies in dissecting the policymaker's mind with respect to technology policy and foreign policy. I also have a background in cyber law, and I love joining the dots to deliver coherent narratives in the complex global policy domain. I track India's foreign policy and it's strategic interests in countries like China and the US.

5G

National Security Advisory Board blows 5G bugle: Build local muscle, get real on China

Talking exclusively to ET Prime, V Kamakoti, technology expert in the National Security Advisory Board, shares his vision for 5G rollout in India. Keyword: 100% indigenisation. Hardware and software should not be from the same vendor, Kamakoti says. While some argue there is no concrete evidence against troubled Chinese giant Huawei, India must get realistic about Chinese intentions — especially given New Delhi’s claim that its 5G plan will set the tone for the rest of the world.

25 Jul 20190 comment
Policy and regulations

Fix rogue audits; guard Indian data; bulletproof 5G: India’s new cybersecurity chief’s Vision 2020

Months after taking charge as India’s top cybersecurity official, Lt. Gen. Rajesh Pant is amping up efforts to make the security net snugger by tightening IT audits. His vision is to make the security of critical information infrastructure in six key sectors a shared responsibility with industry. Also on the anvil: harmonising the multiple sets of security standards in the country and prioritising security in the 5G and connected IoT world.

22 Jul 20190 comment
Under the lens

India’s new rule on import of refurbished goods ends Apple’s long wait

Apple says India is a “very important market”, but last year it accounted for less than 1% of India’s total smartphone volumes. Struggling with its ‘pricey’ perception, the iPhone maker has been lobbying the government to allow the import and sale of cheaper pre-owned phones. A new rule will make this possible, and Apple must latch on to it to get some momentum in India.

15 May 20190 comment
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