IASbhai Daily Editorial Hunt | 14th Sep 2020
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EDITORIAL HUNT #136 :“Chinese vs Indian Internet Ecosystem | UPSC“
Chinese vs Indian Internet Ecosystem | UPSC
Siddharth Pai is founder of Siana Capital, a venture capital firm focused on Indian Deep Tech and Science
Exploiting the Chinese exit
In the absence of Chinese tech the primary Indian IT objective must shift to providing for Indians
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: 4 : Internet : Consumerism
Chinese markets have constructed Great wall of internet long ago . Discuss counter effective measures for large consumer base in India -(GS 3)
- Chinese Internet Setup
- Indian Consumer Market
- Hyper Local , Hyper Regional Strategy
- CYBERSPACE : The current India-China border stand-off has expanded watchful Indian eyes into cyberspace.
- GREAT INTERNET WALL OF CHINA : The Chinese government began erecting censorship barriers and banned several popular Western websites and applications years ago.
- GOOGLE PULL OUT : In January 2010, Google announced pull out of the country completely mentioning hacking issues within the country.
- INTERNET BOOM : Chinese Internet market exploded, and has grown to over 900 million users from 300 million in early 2010.
- TECH STRATEGIST : In hindsight, China’s censors look like superb long-range economic planners and technology strategists.
- INSULATION : The Great Internet Wall did not filter and screen Western content so much as it insulated complete Silicon Valley.
- LEVEL PLAYING FIELD : Home-grown firms such as WeChat and Alibaba had a field day building apps .
- MORPHING : Baidu has replaced Google in China. Youku Tudou is YouTube, and Xiaohongshu is a version of Instagram from which users can shop for goods directly.
CHINA’S INTERNET ECOSYSTEM
- INTERNET ECOSYSTEM : China’s Internet ecosystem is entirely self-created, self-run, and self-serviced.
- BANNING APPS : The decision to ban such apps was not only a geopolitical move but also a strategic trade manoeuvre with significant economic impact.
- INDIAN CONSUMER TUSSLE : India’s focus remains on exporting IT services while paying little attention to servicing our own nation’s tech market.
- POST APP BAN : Indian techies have started filling gaps with copycat replacement websites and applications.
- REKINDLING FOCUS : The primary Indian IT objective must shift from servicing others to providing for ourselves.
- HIGH END PRODUCTS : IT sector should focus on providing services and products of high quality across the country.
- REGIONAL PLANS : The fundamental focus should be to provide for hyper-regional necessities and preferences.
IT’S HYPER-LOCAL, HYPER-REGIONAL
- ACCESSIBILITY : With the rise in migrant labour all over the country, a speaking news or banking app should work everywhere.
- PENETRATING MARKETS : Hyper-local and hyper-regional services of high quality and great accessibility with linguistic diversity, can creating strongest Internet markets in the world.
- NETIZENS : Technology companies all over the world have focused their efforts on the 15% of the world’s population .
- DENIZENS : Deep pockets which are largely ignoring are the other six billion denizens of the world’s population.
Some sympathetic noises about ‘emerging’ markets are made, but the waters remain largely untested.
SOURCES: THE HINDU EDITORIAL HUNT | Chinese vs Indian Internet Ecosystem | UPSC