India Data Leadership Summit 2019

Growth, Trust & Privacy

In this edition of the ‘India Data Leadership Summit’ we examine the prominence, consequences, and catalysts of the meteoric data economy. The omnipresence of data powering a multitude of digital transactions has been at the heart of disruption of businesses operations, citizen and state interactions and societal relationships at large.

The India Data Leadership Summit brings together different stakeholders and perspectives; weaving together opinions of business leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, activists, policy makers, journalists, and government. To paint a landscape of opportunities and identifying issues emerging from data driven growth.


Fairness and Competition

The combination of increasingly concentrated markets, rising market power of large firms, and slowing business dynamism suggest that competition among firms is weakening. The concern is that the rise of dominant firms will hinder the diffusion of technology and exacerbate income inequality. Adding to these concerns are two key features of the digital economy—the potential for scale with digital platforms and the growing importance of intangible capital—that, by their very nature, lend themselves to bigger and more dominant firms. These characteristics of the digital economy present challenges on how we think about and implement competition policy. Policies aimed at ensuring a level playing field and fostering a dynamic and inclusive economy will therefore need to adjust to better reflect a growing reality.

Digital literacy

Digital literacy is the underpinning influence that sustains an individual’s competent and purposeful use of digital technology in education. Having digital literacy requires more than just the technical ability to operate digital devices properly; it also comprises a variety of skills that are utilized in executing tasks in digital environments, such as information skills, socio-emotional skills, and cognitive skills. Although ICTs are a powerful tool for developing literacy skills and accessing education, progress on providing internet access and digital literacy training in public schools has been painfully slow. Closing the digital literary gap is emerging as an absolutely necessity.

Consumer Data Privacy

At the heart of digitisation is the collection, processing, sharing and exchanging of consumer personal data to enhance the user experience and innovate to develop new services and products. Since the process of digitisation depends on the personal data of a consumer it is important to ensure that all the processing activities around the consumer personal data should be done in such a manner to enable consumer to establish control over these aspects of processing. This ability to control use is paramount to re-establish the faith of the consumers in organisational and government use of their data.

Digital Economy and Ethics

With this theme we venture into the maze of policy and moral intricacies that is--data ethics. Data ethics are characterised by ethical enquiries, to analyses the content and nature of data centric operations. The complexity of these ethical challenges posed by data analytics and large-scale usage of personal, warrants creation of a holistic and inclusive framework that addresses the ethical implications of data sciences and its applications, while maximizing the value of data science for our societies, for all of us and for our environments.

Digital Financial Inclusion

With the prospect of reaching billions of new customers, banks and a widening array of non-banks have begun to offer  digital financial services  for financially excluded and underserved populations, building on the digital approaches that have been used for years to improve access channels for those already served by the formal financial sector. The models of digital financial inclusion emerging in countries around the world introduce new market participants and allocate roles and risks (both new and well known) differently from the traditional approaches to retail financial service delivery.

Data Co-operation

Striving for balanced, flexible, and compatible data protection regulation has become an urgent goal. Some countries have powerful regulatory mechanisms, while others have outdated legislation or none at all. In order to achieve adequate protection that allows for innovation and facilitates trade, it is essential to continue national, regional and global multi-stakeholder dialogue.


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The India Data Leadership Summit brings together different stakeholders and perspectives; weaving together opinions of business leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, activists, policy makers, journalists, and government.

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  • Ashish Gautam

    Associate Director
    Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM India Pvt. Ltd

  • Atul Tripathi

    Chief Data Scientist - Cyber-security
    Tech Mahindra

  • Bhairav Acharya

    Public Policy Manager

  • Bishakha Bhattacharya

    Government & Regulatory Affairs

  • Derek Ho

    Assistant General Counsel - Privacy and Data Protection

  • Malavika Raghavan

    Head – Future of Finance Initiative
    Dvara Research

  • Mayuran Palanisamy

    Director and Data Privacy Lead

  • Payal Malik

    Competition Commission of India

  • Shivnath Thukral

    Public Policy Director

  • Shweta Rajpal Kohli

    Country Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy
    Salesforce, India

  • Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy

    Country Manager


Sep 27 | Time: 09:30-17:45 |
Taj Mahal Hotel
Man Singh Rd, South Block
110001 New Delhi , DL


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