Chinese vs Indian Internet Ecosystem | UPSC

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IASbhai Daily Editorial Hunt | 14th Sep 2020

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IASbhai Editorial Hunt is an initiative to dilute major Editorials of leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Here we choose two editorials on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC MAINS 2020.

EDITORIAL HUNT #136 :“Chinese vs Indian Internet Ecosystem | UPSC

Chinese vs Indian Internet Ecosystem | UPSC

Siddharth Pai
Chinese vs Indian Internet Ecosystem | UPSC

Siddharth Pai is founder of Siana Capital, a venture capital firm focused on Indian Deep Tech and Science

      HEADLINES:

Exploiting the Chinese exit

      CENTRAL THEME:

In the absence of Chinese tech the primary Indian IT objective must shift to providing for Indians

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: 4 :  Internet : Consumerism

      MAINS QUESTION:

Chinese markets have constructed Great wall of internet long ago . Discuss counter effective measures for large consumer base in India -(GS 3)

      LEARNING: 

  • Chinese Internet Setup
  • Indian Consumer Market
  • Hyper Local , Hyper Regional Strategy

      INTRODUCTION: 

  • CYBERSPACE : The current India-China border stand-off has expanded watchful Indian eyes into cyberspace.

CHINESE SHEILD : The Chinese put up blinding shields on their own Internet territory more than a decade ago.

  • 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.

      BODY: 

CHINA’S LEAD

  • 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.

LESS APPETITE : The Chinese web market was left with substantial appetites for local flavours

  • 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.

But faithful copies are not enough for us to make full use of China’s exit.

  • 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.

      IASbhai Windup: 

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.

However, national accessibility on its own will not make an app a game changer

  • 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

 

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