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  • Vineet Ravindran asked: Does a chip foundry company like TSMC help any host nation acquire the technology, and how so?

    Cherian Samuel replies: Leading-edge semiconductor companies like TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) are courted by many countries to set up plants for chip manufacturing. Semiconductor chips have multiple applications and have acquired the status of strategic assets, especially in the aftermath of the pandemic-led shortage of these items which are used in everything from cars to toys to military drones.

    Bringing the Semi-Conductor to India

    With India’s current semiconductor demand of $40 billion expected to rise to $100 billion by 2025, the time is indeed right to begin production of semiconductors within the country.

    March 26, 2021

    Yogesh Singh asked: In view of serious security risks in a 5G network, can India rely on foreign vendors (including non-Chinese) to roll out 5G networks in the country?

    Munish Sharma replies: India is not a key player in the technology design, development or manufacturing of telecommunication equipment and, therefore, 5G is quite likely to rest upon either technology imports or equipment manufactured under license in India. The Report of the 5G High Level Forum had aptly pointed out towards the dire need of building India’s capacity in core technology development and manufacturing of telecommunication equipment.

    New Internet Protocol: Redesigning the Internet with Chinese Characteristics?

    China’s proposal for a new Internet Protocol (IP) is a reflection of its desire to revamp and mould the Internet. This is in line with its ambitions to rise to the “commanding heights” of the scientific and technological competition.

    October 15, 2020

    COVID-19 and New Age Technology

    Humanity is much better equipped today to mitigate the loss in life and collateral economic damage resulting from a pandemic, as demonstrated through the deployment of new-age tools such as artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, neural networks and internet of things.

    May 01, 2020

    To Ban, or Not to Ban Huawei

    Given India’s dependence on imports for 90 per cent of its telecom equipment, the decision to allow Huawei to bid for 5G should be in line with the national interest, rather than taking sides and constraining options.

    April 03, 2019

    Quantum Computing and its Impact on Cryptography

    Advances in technology has brought into focus the need to have double assurance on data security, especially with the world moving from classical to Quantum Computing, which latter has the power to unlock the toughest of cyber-locks.

    July 19, 2017

    Gaurav Kumar asked: In the context of growing cyber-attacks worldwide, how well is India prepared to tackle them given the government’s push for a ‘Digital India’?

    Munish Sharma replies: The Government of India has rolled out a number of initiatives to secure “Digital India” from cyber threats. Some of the initiatives are over a decade old such as the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team or CERT-In, India's national nodal agency responsible for dealing with cyber security incidents, established in 2004. A nodal agency, National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC), was established in 2014 to augment the protection of critical information infrastructure in India.

    Mahesh Belavi asked: What is the role of IRNSS in India’s security?

    Ajey Lele replies: The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) could be considered as an alternative to the Global Positioning System (GPS), though in a limited sense. IRNSS is a regional system, whereas GPS is global. IRNSS is useful both in civilian and strategic domains. It could provide navigational support to various military requirements like ground, sea and aerial movement; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) activities; target identification and assistance in launching of weapon systems.

    Role of Technology in International Affairs

    Role of Technology In international Affairs
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press

    Recent advances in technology have opened up vast new areas of communication, cooperation and even friction among nations in their pursuit of security, development and progress. Science and technology today transcend almost all areas of international affairs. The role of science and technology in international affairs is so intrinsic that it is rarely recognised as a separate entity and often taken for granted. The impact of modern dual-use technology on human society and national security has become so large that it would be necessary for foreign policy professionals to understand the finer nuances of technology to successfully negotiate international affairs in future. The book Role of Technology in International Affairs is aimed at bringing a clear appreciation of the various interconnections and interdependencies between technology, security, foreign policy and diplomacy that future diplomats must have for navigating towards international peace.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-881-1,
    • Price: ₹. 995.00
    • E-copy available