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Tech at the Heart of Democracy

This month, our focus shifts to an event of monumental importance – the largest elections in one of the world’s largest democracies: India.

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Minu Sirsalewala
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This month, our focus shifts to an event of monumental importance – the largest elections in one of the world’s largest democracies: India.

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Tech’s Role in Indian Elections

In India, a country with over 900 million eligible voters, technology isn’t just a supporting player; it’s a

game-changer. Biometric systems like the Aadhaar card, which uses fingerprint or iris scans for identification, ensure the integrity of voter identities. However, concerns remain around data privacy and potential disenfranchisement for those lacking this technology. Blockchain trials aim for an even more secure future, with immutable voting records. Social media platforms, while under rigorous scrutiny, wield significant influence. They shape political discussions and voter perceptions, but can also be breeding grounds for misinformation. To combat this, India has implemented fact-checking initiatives to promote a more informed electorate. The government’s deployment of digital tools further highlights a tech-savvy

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approach. Voter education apps and real-time results reporting, facilitated by digital platforms, enhance democratic engagement.

As our tryst with GenAI continues our cover story this month delves into the evolutionary leap of artificial intelligence into Generative Artificial Intelligence. “GenAI: Wallflowers are now Wall-facers” explores how GenAI stands at the threshold of understanding human language in all its complexity – from the layered meanings behind words to contextual nuances. In India, where voice search and speech-based applications like regional language assistants are popular even among the illiterate, GenAI’s potential to bridge the digital divide is unprecedented.

However, the path forward is not without challenges. Issues of data privacy remain paramount, especially with the ongoing debate around India’s data protection laws. Additionally, ensuring the authenticity of information processed by GenAI is crucial.

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Our story explores how, when harnessed responsibly, GenAI could redefine interaction and accessibility across multiple sectors, from education and healthcare to agriculture and customer service.

As we continue to explore these themes, the interaction between technology and society remains at the forefront of our discussions. Technology’s role in shaping the future – be it through elections, language understanding, or global market regulations – underscores a broader narrative. A narrative where technology not only supports but actively shapes and defines the pathways of human progress.

Oh! BTW Happy Appraisal.

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