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Investment Strategy
India is rapidly digitising. Digitisation is an invaluable tool in addressing the development needs of the country faster, better and cheaper. Our goal is to enable every Indian to feel empowered and safe when she is online, reap benefits from technology, and face minimal harm from its risks. For this, we need to collectively create a thriving and well-governed digital and data economy. We also need the widespread adoption of responsible tech practices: inclusion, privacy, security, transparency and good governance.
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Our investments and grants span the following themes

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Informed and active internet users

  • Building appreciation of the benefits and risks of the data and attention economy
  • Enabling individuals to take steps to protect themselves from digital harms
  • Building a thriving community of tech innovators who drive progress towards responsible tech practices
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Responsible tech by businesses

  • B2B solutions for privacy and good data governance
  • Business models that use responsible tech practices as differentiators to build customer trust
  • New models that value and monetize data differently, and in an individual-centric manner
  • Stewardship on responsible tech practices and standards by tech product leaders
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Inclusion and Safeguards

  • Evidence to inform the design, refinement, and user-experience of tech for public functions
  • Capacity-building of policymakers, and external change-makers and communities engaged on these issues
  • Solutions for equitable access to the digital economy and welfare benefits using tech
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Improving Data Governance Policies

  • Evidence and frameworks that decision-makers can use to set policies for the data economy
  • Elements include data privacy, non-personal data, governance of tech businesses, and online speech regulation


Portfolio

Equity Investments

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Research & Reports

One Nation One Ration Card Report Card

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One Nation One Ration Card Report Card

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State of Aadhaar 2019

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State of Aadhaar 2019

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Aadhar Enabled Fertiliser Subsidy Pilot Study: Tata Trusts

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Aadhar Enabled Fertiliser Subsidy Pilot Study: Tata Trusts

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Study on Consent: National Institute of Public Finance and P...

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Study on Consent: National Institute of Public Finance and P...

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The Identities Project: Caribou Digital

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The Identities Project: Caribou Digital

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State of Aadhaar - 2017-18

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State of Aadhaar - 2017-18

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State of Aadhaar - 2016-17

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State of Aadhaar - 2016-17

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Annexure 1

RESEARCH STUDIES:

01
Understanding data stewardship- taxonomy and use cases: Aapti Institute
02
Building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in India: Bain in partnership with the Planning Commission
03
Unlocking Digital for Bharat: $50B opportunity: Bain in partnership with Google
04
Credit Disrupted: Digital MSME Lending in India: Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
05
Building India’s Digital Highways: The Potential of Open Digital Ecosystems (ODEs): Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
06
The Identities Project: Caribou Digital
07
State of the Sector Report of Private Schools in India: Central Square Foundation
08
Access to justice during Covid-19: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
09
State of FOSS in India: Civic Data Lab
10
Currency of Trust: Dalberg
11
Regulatory Sandbox for India Blueprint:Dalberg
12
Informal Housing, Inadequate Property Rights: FSG
13
Study of Informal Settlements in Bengaluru using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML):Duke University
14
Early Childhood Education Research: FSG
16
State of Aadhaar Report 2016-2018: ID Insight; State of Aadhar Report 2019: Dalberg
17
Linking welfare distribution to land records: a case-study of the Rythu Bandhu Scheme (RBS) in Telangana: IGIDR
18
Land Records Modernisation in India: IIHS
19
Improving Governance Through Biometric Authentication and Secure Payments in India: J-PAL
20
Impact Investing: Purpose-driven finance finds its place in India: McKinsey
21
Customer protection, risk and financial capability in India: MicroSave
22
Unlocking the potential of India’s data economy: practices, privacy and governance: Monitor Deloitte
23
Study on Digitisation of Land Records in 5 states in India: NCAER
24
Disclosures in privacy policies: Does “notice and consent” work?: National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
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A Balancing Act : The Promise and Peril of Big Tech in India: Tandem Research
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Aadhaar-Enabled Fertiliser Subsidy Pilot Study: Tata Trusts

OTHER PROJECTS

1
Aapti Institute
2
Arrka
3
BigFM
4
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), E&Y
5
MXV Consulting
6
Impact Investors Council (IIC)
7
Akshara Foundation
8
Praxis Global Alliance
9
Samagra
10
Sattva Consulting Pvt Ltd
11
Sparshik Technologies
12
The Indian Express
13
The Quantum Hub
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21N78E, Reclaim Your Privacy Campaign