NEWS UPDATES

IT COMPANIES STEP UP RESKILLING OF EMPLOYEES AS THEY PREPARE FOR POST-PANDEMIC SCENARIO

IT companies such as Infosys, Wipro, Accenture have initiated reskilling of employees as the race to grab business in the post-pandemic environment. Companies are investing in self-learning platforms and research labs for employees to experiment, and boosting technology infrastructure in order to upscale and build new learning platforms. The training being imparted is in the fields of cloud technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, cyber security, Internet of Things (IoT), user experience (UX) and digital networking, among others. For many IT firms, the reskilling target which was set for five years will have to be done in two years now. Businesses now a days are shifting towards cloud technology and machine learning to provide reliable services to customers and plan to automate their processes for increasing productivity and saving cost.

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Tech, post-pandemic, productivity

Aug 2020

New Delhi

India And South Africa Move To Wto To Waive Off Ipr To Increase Accessibility Of Covid-19 Treatment

India and South Africa put forward a request to the World Trade Organization to waive off intellectual property rights and specific provisions provided in the Agreement to Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to ensure accessibility of COVID-19 treatment, prevention, and containment efforts for low-income nations. The countries argued that the present rules concerning intellectual property rights like patents, copyrights, industrial designs, and confidential information protection create a hindrance to deal with the ongoing pandemic. According to the two countries waiving off these restrictions may speed up the research, development, and supply of medical equipment- including medication and vaccine to fight COVID-19. India and South Africa put forward an apprehension that for developing and under-developed nations, lack of sufficient medical supplies, or insufficient manufacturing couples with institutional and legal barriers of intellectual property rules, only makes it tough to combat the virus. The waiver is requested until the time a global vaccine of the disease is available.

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IP, TRIPS,waiver

Oct 5, 2020

New Delhi

India Joins The “Five-Eyes Group” To Work Against Encrypted Messages On The Social Media

India has recently become a member of a “Five-Eyes” group of nations, which is the United Kingdom led a campaign against the end-encryption of messages on social media platforms like Facebook. Countries like the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan are members of this group of seven nations alongside the United Kingdom and India. The “Five-Eyes” mission is a global alliance that shall deal with intelligence issues that hinder law enforcement's operation by blocking access to perpetrators on these social media giants. This mission aims to unmask any terrorists or sexual predators operating on the web and building the ability to tackle their actions and ensure public safety. The seven signatories claimed that the end-to-end encryption greatly affects their ability to access such content and act against any illegal activity. Facebook, on the other hand, was quoted as saying that their end-to-end encryption feature is a demand of individuals from these countries itself, as it protects their private information on the web and keeps information safe from intruders. However, it is developing new technologies to detect, prevent, and respond to their platform's abuse alongside maintaining high security.

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tech, Privacy, five eyes group

Oct 14

London

India Remains one of the top priority on USTR's 'Priority Watch List’ again in 2020.

India has yet again failed to address the US' concerns regarding the enforcement of actions under Section 301 of the Trade Act or pursuant to World Trade Organisation or other trade agreement dispute settlement procedures, necessary to combat unfair trade practices and to ensure that trading partners follow through with their international commitments.
The report also mentioned high customs duties on medical devices and Information and Communications Technology. These goods categories were have been persistent challenges in trade talks between the two countries last year — the language used in the 2020 report in this context is the same as in the 2019 report.
The ongoing concerns include the difficulty of investors to receive and maintain patents in the country particularly for pharmaceuticals, insufficient enforcement actions, copyright policies that do not properly incentivise the creation and commercialisation of content, and an outdated and insufficient trade secrets legal framework. Furthermore, the failure of the country to establish an effective system for protecting against the unfair commercial use, as well as the unauthorised disclosure, of undisclosed test or other data generated to obtain marketing approval for certain agricultural chemical products still remain the secondary concerns that require immediate solution

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Tech, USTR, Reports

Oct 2, 2020

Washington DC