Smarika Kumar

This analysis is based on the study titled 'TOWARDS DIGITAL INCLUSION, Barriers to internet access for economically-and socially-excluded urban communities', conducted  by the Centre for Communication and Development [...]
On 8th February 2015, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a regulatory notification which many have hailed as the document which saved the internet in India. The Regulation mandates that “No [...]
Last year was a remarkable year for popular debates on internet-related issues in India. It saw the public outrage against Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 culminate in a well-reasoned judgment [...]
Introduction The internet is widely thought to be unprecedented and radically different from the media which preceded it. Interestingly, the internet has been unlike other media, in that it does not have a history of [...]
In the past few weeks, net neutrality has spiralled from an obscure term of concern only to telecom and Internet companies to a major topic that sparks off innumerable passions about peoples’ personal perception of [...]
Ever since rumours regarding the Indian launch of app by Facebook in a tie-up with Reliance were confirmed, there has been lively speculation about whether the move is a violation of net neutrality. The app [...]
The following article by Smarika Kumar was first published in The Hoot. In December 2014, Airtel decided to charge a differential tariff on VOIP calls (Voice on Internet Protocol calls, such as those made possible by [...]
Smarika Kumar writes her views on the strong hold of monopolies of media in India. An edited version of the following first appeared on While walking to work today, I saw an advertisement for CNBC-TV18 [...]
This article written by Smarika Kumar was first published on Kafila. TRAI published a set of recommendations on issues relating to media ownership on 12 August 2014. A summary of the key points of these [...]
The following article was written by Smarika Kumar and Siddharth Narrain and first appeared on The Hoot. On 12 August 2014, TRAI published a set of recommendations on issues relating to media ownership. The [...]