IndiaAI Recommends Monetising Non-personal Data


A working group of the government’s artificial intelligence (AI) think tank, IndiaAI, has recommended sharing non-personal data. The suggestion comes a year after the government shelved such plans following widespread criticism.

The idea has now been reintroduced in the government’s roadmap to leverage AI in the country.

According to the report presented by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Friday (October 13), the working group has suggested the government ro introduce a pricing model for sharing data, including non-personal data, under the India Dataset Platform (IDP).

The working group is one of the seven set up by IndiaAI to prepare a roadmap for AI adoption in India, with its members including MeitY officials, industry members and academia. The report has said that the IDP will be ‘one of the largest publicly assembled and anonymised datasets in the world’ that can be used by stakeholders such as startups and academia.

The report suggests that IDP can work as a marketplace for data. The IndiaAI group proposes different ways to price datasets under a monetisation framework. Data providers can choose pricing options like a fixed price for a dataset for a specific period or a subscription.

The central platform handles payments, licensing agreements, and data access controls. The report also mentions other platforms like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud that charge for accessing datasets. Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar released the report, stating that it will be a catalyst for a USD 1 trillion digital economy.

The report also talks about establishing computing infrastructure, supporting AI chip development, creating centers of excellence and setting up an institutional framework for data management. Data sharing has been discussed before, and the government introduced policies, but the pricing aspect faced criticism, leading to a revised framework without a monetisation approach.

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