Apparently everyone was at Google’s big tent activate Summit in New Delhi two days ago, at least judging by the firestorms on Twitter. And it wasn’t just Googlers and fans, familiar faces from competing firms were everywhere.
Some interesting things that were said at the Summit:
1. There is good online vernacular news in India, but not a lot of vernacular sites for anything else.
2. India’s next-gen tech firms have succeeded despite government regulation, rather than because of it. – Deep Kalra of MakeMyTrip. An especially keen point in light of this recent story in The Economist, about the challenges facing next-gen firms.
3. For Indian politicians, social media still hasn’t reached do-or-die status (unlike in the US, where it’s impossible to campaign for any public office without putting together some kind of social presence)
4. Yeah, Section 66A of the IT Act is nobody’s favorite – Eric Schmidt
5. Really, that was it? – Public response to Gujarat CM (and potential future Indian Prime Minister) Narendra Modi’s utterly unrousing speech about the importance of the Internet
7. When that whacko American pastor filmed himself burning the Quran, 16 people died in riots in Jammu&Kashmir – Omar Abdullah, on why the state imposed a bandwidth limit on mobile users at that time
8. The Indian government is sponsoring a data-based hackathon.