Book Review: 15 years of Internet in India

NetCh@kra: 15 Years of the Internet in India; Editors: Madanmohan Rao and Osama Manzar; Digital Empowerment Foundation; Rs 750/$25; (includes 'buy' link).

 Internet in India came just over 15 years ago, transforming the way lay Indians the so called ‘ aam janatha’ could empower themselves with the tools of communication and global connection.

This  book marks marks Connected India’s first decade and a half with authoritative contributions from some 30 experts from industry, government and academia analysing the broad impact of the Internet in India. 

Familiar names are there: Dr S Ramani documents the early growth of the Internet in India via ERNET. T.H. Chowdary recalls how some of the early monopolistic and restrictive telecom policies of the past were overcome. Prof S. Sadagopan traces the impact of commercial Internet and mobile services over the last 15 years in the educational institutes of India. Fred Noronha provides case studies of two popular email-based news and discussion services, GoaNet and BytesForAll. Pavan Duggal traces the growth of cyberlaws and e-commerce laws in India, starting with the Information Technology Act, 2000....

The book is edited by Madanmohan Rao, well known consultant and author from Bangalore, and the editor of the “The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook”  -- and  by Osama Manzar, Director of the Digital Empowerment Foundation.

A useful reference signposting India’s steady if less than spectacular progress into the club of the world’s connected nations. It  should find a place on the bookshelf of every IT leader, administrator, and academic as a reminder and how far we have come – and how much more there is to accomplish.

We bring you a link to the chronology included in the book that details the key milestones in India’s Internet story from 1986 when the first email networrk ERNET was born -- to 2011 and the introduction of mobile number portabilty:  

July 3 2011