The ease of living enabled by digital technologies has turned digital innovations into essential services for the common public.
Case of India –
Global regulations –
Digital Markets Act (DMA) — This European Union regulation aims to keep digital markets innovative and open to competition, through regulation.
India being one of the largest consumers of wireless internet (over 800 million users), the need of the hour for the government is to devise appropriate regulations to ensure a level playing field and not let the innovating gateways turn into tyrannical gatekeepers. Also, owing to wide dependence on digital platforms, it should be ensured that internet remains an open and permission-less platform for a digitally empowered India.
Source – The Indian Express
QUESTION – The power of Big Tech is threatening the internet ecosystem by challenging its access to all users across the world. Discuss the concept of ‘net neutrality’ in this regard and how internet access for all can be ensured by the government?