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The trouble with data nationalism

Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that companies should not be allowed to colonise data or unleash ‘data imperialism’.

The data of a country is a national asset that the government holds in trust. So says the e-commerce policy draft released on February 23. Amidst the hyper-nationalism in the air, its title doesn't seem out of place: India's Data for India's Development'.

You'd think the headline should have something more to do with e-commerce. But data sovereignty has been the thread tying together new policies in the

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