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Sandhya Sharma

Sandhya Sharma

1 Editor- Technology Policy and Foreign Policy

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.
Twitter: @SandhyaETprime | E-mail: sandhya.sharma@timesinternet.in

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.
Twitter: @SandhyaETprime | E-mail: sandhya.sharma@timesinternet.in

Brands

The China connection may haunt Zoom in the US and India. The app remains under scrutiny.

CEO Eric Yuan has asserted that the Silicon Valley-based video-conferencing giant is an American company, but the popular app remains under scrutiny for its China policies and related privacy issues. Zoom is now moving to address those concerns, and offering end-to-end encryption to all in a step in that direction. Meanwhile, competition is also fast catching up with Zoom.

30 Jun 20200 comment
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Brands

WhatsApp has failed to generate cash for Facebook. The deal with Jio can be a turning point.

Some experts call WhatsApp a liability for parent Facebook. While big, flourishing brands are often money-spinners for companies, Facebook has been unable to monetise the instant-messaging platform significantly despite its 2 billion users globally. Facebook’s deal with Jio is intended to set things right by transforming WhatsApp into a marketplace-type platform. It may just work.

10 Jun 20200 comment
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Brands

Zoom emerges as a formidable rival to WhatsApp, Skype, Microsoft Teams. Can it stay on top?

From 10 million participants globally in December 2019 to 300 million in April 2020, it’s a heady ride for the Nasdaq-listed communications platform in the new world. In India, it has been more than a match for the mighty WhatsApp. But Zoom is chased by security and privacy concerns. Still, the US markets have given its stock a big thumbs up.

19 May 20200 comment
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Policy and regulations

Amazon has poached Google India’s policy chief. But he has a bulky package to deliver.

The e-commerce giant faces investigation by two powerful government agencies. It is fighting one in court. Policy measures by various ministries can affect its business. And the ruling party is unhappy with its chief. All these make the company’s policy and corporate affairs department’s job harder. However, delivering essentials during lockdown may put the company in favourable light.

8 Apr 20200 comment
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Under the lens

India needs tech solutions to contain the pandemic. Controversial Chinese giant Huawei offers help.

India may have to leverage technology in a big way to manage the Covid-19 crisis — much like China has done. Now, Chinese telecom giant Huawei has offered to join India’s fight against the pandemic, offering a gamut of AI and 5G-driven tech solutions. Given Huawei’s controversial past, India may be wary of the company. But then, these are desperate times.

24 Mar 20200 comment
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Trade

Behind the scenes of Namaste Trump: It’s trial by fire for the real ‘Baahubali’ of Indo-US relations

Despite differences, India has not borne the brunt of US ire in a trade war like China has. But, the rift between the countries has been widening with Washington raising concerns about India’s ‘protectionist’ policies. As Donald Trump’s India visit kicks off in style, can diplomats from both the sides find a common ground at the negotiation table?

25 Feb 20200 comment
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Under the lens

Coronavirus is a bio-weapon experiment gone wrong, suspect global experts

The coronavirus is an offensive biological warfare weapon with DNA-genetic engineering, say researchers. Private Chinese companies have long been accused of closed linkages with its defence establishment, indicating dual use of technology made for civilian purpose. The recent outbreak points fingers at the Chinese civil-military coupling even in the bioengineering and medical field.

11 Feb 20200 comment
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Trade

US vs. Iran: what India can do to shield its interests in the hybrid war

For India, which has substantial interests in West Asia, ensuring that it doesn’t become a collateral casualty in the US-Iran hybrid war is the top priority. Can India successfully protect its assets in the IT and energy sectors? More important, how bad can it really get in the event of an escalation? ET Prime finds out.

13 Jan 20200 comment
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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