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04 January 2021
IP, Technology and Policy Interventions in India: Creating a roadmap for the digital economy
The world is turning its attention to India for the steps that she has taken in a little over five years towards re-invigorating the IP and digital imagination in the country. There have been a galore of defining moments in India starting with the Make in India Initiative in 2014; E-Governance Policy Initiatives under Digital India, 2015; the National IPR Policy in 2016; the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018 and the National Innovation and Startup Policy for Students and Faculty, 2019. Broadly these policy measures and initiatives have been towards generating IP in India, the promotion of research and development, the growth of Startups by enhancing the innovation and entrepreneurship-related activities, and laying down the architecture of the plausible 5G connectivity for improving the Digital Economy in India.
The overarching objective of the Make in India initiative was to kindle creativity and create an ecosystem where there is enough scope to stimulate innovation in the country. Towards that end, the importance of an effective and efficient framework protecting Intellectual Property has been highlighted. The desire to bring the discourse on Intellectual Property and Nation-building to the forefront received a boost through the structured approach of the National IPR Policy. The illustrated measures look to strengthen not only the legislative and regulatory framework governing the use and growth of IP but extended an olive branch to those interested in generating IPRs in India. The other policy measures and initiatives look to create a pathway to cater to other ambitions connected to the digital growth in the ICT sector and India’s contribution to the world market, creative awareness, and its commercial use and digital possibility related to the smart city mission.
On a different note, there are exciting developments concerning the issue of Informational Privacy and the Role of Online Intermediaries connected with the bigger ambitions of the digital economy. India, for the first time, is looking at the real possibility of having comprehensive legislation covering the issue of Informational Privacy. There are already existing debates as to the framework India should adopt. The Role of Online Intermediaries has been recently discussed in the context of the draft amended Guidelines of 2011, which would further draw the boundary within which online intermediaries should function in the future.
This special issue focusing on India will try to map and capture developments at the intersection of policy, regulatory, legal, and a technological level including but not limited to the ones mentioned above, and emphasize their significance towards India’s growth. There are questions like: How does sector-specific policy rationalization happen in India, where IP and Technology are involved? What are the likely changes that any of these policies, regulatory, and legal interventions would bring about, and how does one measure the impact? What changes may be further considered to bring about the overall digital ambition in India? What are the factors that drive the ideation of law and technology policy interventions in India?
International Review of Law, Computers & Technology Journal, and the guest editor, Indranath Gupta, invite the submission of papers for its Special Edition on India. Focusing on India, the journal welcomes abstracts, which explore critical and topical themes from scholars working in the broad areas of law and technology, Intellectual Property and Policy, and law and innovation. The themes are not limited to:
- Law and technology
- Intellectual Property with special reference to Patents
- Telecommunications law
- Informational Privacy and Surveillance
- Online intermediaries
- Data and Competition Law
- New technology and policy interventions
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Interested authors should submit an abstract to Indranath Gupta ([email protected]), no later than 30th July 2020. The Guest Editor is also available for discussion via email. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract no later than 30th August 2020.
The submissions deadline is 4th January 2021. All submissions will be subject to double-blind peer-review. Articles of up to 10,000 words (inclusive of footnotes) will be considered.