The Esya Centre prioritises multi-disciplinary research to engender research clusters, through which practitioners and researchers collaborate. Moreover, it applies a data-first approach to avoid opinion-driven research. This is done by harnessing a variety of primary and secondary sources towards building sound empirical underpinnings for all research.

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Innovation, Competition & IPR

A large share of technology policy as we know it today lies at the intersection of these three important themes.

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Technology, Labour & Productivity

The impact of technology on the real economy is largely through labour and productivity related transmission channels.

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Unlocking Economic Value

The future of economic regulation in India must be aimed at unlocking value through technology.

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India Online

Over the next decade, India will need to (re)define norms and rules for the internet to actualise social and economic goals.



Date: 2019.03.12

Title: Contemporary Culture and IP: Establishing the Conceptual Framework

Description: ‘Contemporary Culture and IP’ is envisioned as the all-encompassing theme for a series of explorative and provocative monographs on a wide range of topics. The monographs will be rooted in questions of value, innovation, and technology, all of which are considered hallmarks of contemporary digital culture in this series. The monographs will clarify the intersections between intellectual property (IP) laws and digital technologies, emphasising new approaches to managing digital cultural rights, which challenge traditional notions around culture and IP. This foundational report aims to build conceptual understandings of what is meant by digital culture, who the key stakeholders are, and what incentives drive them. Further, it outlines visible economic and legal trends that will inform future monographs.

Date: 2019.01.31

Title: Response to the Draft Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules], 2018

Description: The Esya Centre greatly appreciates the opportunity given to us by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to respond to the draft ‘Information Technology [Intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules], 2018’, which seek to replace the rules notified in 2011. We appreciate that MeitY has undertaken to reform and clarify issues on Internet governance through these rules.