DGN Policy Brief 13: Facial Recognition Technology...

Reliance on FRTs in India is premature. This policy brief highlights this whilst acknowledging FRTs' use cases—in aiding the police's preventive and investigative funct...

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IDFC Institute's response to proposed amendme...

Our document here shares our recommendations on the proposed amendments to the Department of Consumer Affairs’s Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2021. A regulato...

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Lessons from India’s Second Wave of COVID-19

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, significant scientific progress has been made with the development of innovative and point-of-care testing, safe and effective vaccines, a...

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IDFC Institute's response to draft National G...

IDFC Institute appreciates the initiative that the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has taken in drafting this crucial policy and putting it out for public consultation. ...

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Case Study: Water Provisioning in Punjab

This case study is a supplement to the 2019 IDFC Institute report titled Infrastructure Priorities for Job Creation in India, which focused on the type of physical infrastructure n...

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Facial Recognition Technology in Law Enforcement i...

In a post-COVID world, we see the adoption of facial recognition technologies further intensifying. Law enforcement agencies have observed immense benefits in criminal tracing and ...

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Bureaucratic Indecision and Risk Aversion in India

    Abstract The Indian bureaucracy suffers from indecision and risk aversion, resulting in an inordinate focus on routine tasks, coordination failure, process overloa...

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DGN Policy Brief 12: Balancing Privacy with Techno...

Privacy is a non-negotiable right at any given time. Yet, governments may use crises to justify a significantly lower degree of individual privacy to be maintained. However, saving...

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The First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kerala ...

Abstract This paper discusses Kerala’s response to the COVID-19, particularly in the first wave of the pandemic. It addresses why the state is particularly economically and demo...

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Balancing Privacy with Technology Use: Lessons fro...

There has been an uptick in the use of technology in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments have had to be swift and agile with response strategies. A variety of technology ap...

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Integrating Aadhaar and Voter ID Data: Promises an...

Over the course of UPA-II and Narendra Modi’s first government, Aadhaar was mandated to link with a range of government services, and such a move attracted significant opposition...

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Urban Growth in India: Horizontal, Chaotic, and In...

Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and various other cities have been the locus of COVID-19 infection in India. Given that these cities also have some of the highest population densiti...

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Taiwan's COVID-19 Response Strategies

Taiwan has been singularly successful in designing and implementing effective COVID-19 policy responses. As the pandemic draws on -- these are early days yet -- observing, analysin...

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Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in slums and non-slum...

Sero-surveillance provides estimates of antibody levels against infectious diseases and is considered the gold standard for measuring population immunity due to past infection or v...

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Privacy in Healthcare: The Role of National Digita...

It is widely accepted that sharing of health data will reap benefits to relevant parties involved in the ecosystem. Yet, sharing of the data poses a threat to privacy of individual...

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RCTs for policy in India - Ethical Considerations,...

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have become a popular methodological choice for policy analysis in the developing world. Through a review of literature in multiple disciplines,...

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Using GIS for public health and its privacy implic...

Governments, globally, are turning to data and technology to improve governance, speci cally service delivery, with tools such as digital healthcare sensors and the Internet of ing...

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Grants from Centre and States' Fiscal Marksma...

In this paper, we undertake a study of 28 states to establish the issues with their revenue budgets’ fiscal marksmanship. We particularly focus on the grants received from the Ce...

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Algorithmic Explainability Working Group: Discussi...

Automated Decision Systems (ADS) have proliferated in recent years, in India as elsewhere, enabled by a rise in big data. They are increasingly crucial components of consumer-marke...

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Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among workers returning t...

In light of the Indian lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many migrant workers fled from cities. This research tests the prevalence of the virus among retur...

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