Archives for: August 2014

Reversing computerization in India

About 15 years few people in India used computers extensively, most records were stored in paper format. Since then many have spent large amounts of money on computerization, impressed by the convenience and increase in productivity. Today though the government has been insisting on using technology for government records, for many private businesses in India of all sizes, big and small, the hazards of storing data in digital format, has forced them to rethink the feasibility and wisdom of the same.

For example, a small business owner, who stored financial records in digital format from 2000 to 2012 realized that the data was easily stolen by people who misintepreted it, with their limited knowledge, but were not held accountable for their major mistakes, which ruined an innocent persons life. They also tampered with the information and subjected the business owner to identity theft, using some of the most expensive weapons available in the country, ruining the business owners health. Realizing that fighting these people would be futile, and one sided, since a harmless civilian has access to very few resources, the business owner decided to revert to offline data storage.

The small business owner is not alone, even the largest telcos in the country like Airtel and Idea are slowly reverting to manual storage of records. Visit any Idea retailer to get a recharge, they will keep their records in a register. Now Airtel has also started following the footsteps of Idea, at least in small towns. These are very large companies that can easily afford computerized data, but are now finding it too difficult to keep their customer information confidential when stored in digital format. Maintaining a register is far more inexpensive, compared to buying a laptop which costs 20K+, and is repeatedly hacked by frauds who are never held accountable.

People are so disgusted with the theft of confidential business information, by officials who are not accountable to anyone, and many have realized that they will never get a fair deal if they continue to store data in digital format. So notebooks, registers and other paper storage media are back in demand, especially for those who are not slim or young enough. The bugging of a ministers house, showed the minister using handwritten records for communication and storing data, very inconvenient, time consuming but safe..