Satya N Gupta, Chairman, Blockchain for Productivity Forum, Expert in NGN Technologies
A triple master in Electronics Design Technology, IT Management and Telecom Policy and Regulation, he is globally known as “NGNguru” he is a trainer and coach for telecommunication technologies, policy, and regulation and a Regulatory advocate. Author of “Everything over IP-All you want to know about NGN”.
Blockchain is a topic everyone is talking about today.
We should first understand what a blockchain is and how it works. This is exactly what we are going to learn in today’s episode of TBCY. We have invited an expert in NGN technologies, Satya N Gupta, to talk about the changes that have happened over the years in telecom and blockchain. Expert in NGN technologies, Satya N Gupta knows his stuff. He simplifies every concept and makes it easy to understand for the audience.
About Satya N Gupta
Satya N Gupta is an expert in NGN technologies. He is also the chairman of Blockchain for Productivity Forum. ITU expert on All-IP NGN issues, Satya conducts training programs on various aspects of NGN
What does NGN mean?
NGN stands for Next Generation Networks. It means the use of futuristic networks. For a network to be called NGN, it has to make use of IP( Internet Protocol). Anything that comes beyond 4G falls under the category of NGN.
What are the changes you have seen in telecom in the last 2-3 decades?
The major change in telecom came with the new telecom policy announced by the government in 1999, says Satya led by Atal Vihari Bajpai, the then Prime Minister. An independent regulator was created called TRAI. The licensing and servicing were separated and the service provision was also corporatized by BSNL. That was the starting point of the telecom revolution, which attracted a lot of private participants, innovation and led to innovations. Thereafter many things followed that revolutionized the telecom industry including the transformation from 2g to 4g.
How will 5G change our lives?
There are some applications that need extremely fast networks like automated cars, remote surgeries, etc. It will also allow having a virtual private network. It can serve a massive number of people in the crowd. Another thing where it will help is IoT(Internet of Things). We will be able to automate our lifestyle through 5g.
“5G can be the enabler and accelerator in the digital transformation”
What is blockchain and how can it help in increasing transparency?
“Whatever pain points you have, blockchain has the solution.”
Satya explains the meaning of blockchain. He says that blockchain is a chain of blocks, as the name suggests, where the blocks are data. It comes from distributed ledger technology. It is distributed meaning, neither it is consolidated in one place, nor is it controlled by one organization. Since nobody is controlling or overseeing it, and it is available in the cloud itself, it provides transparency. It is also referred to as the Internet of Value because it stores values in the form of data. It can be stored anywhere and it is immutable. Satya talks about the three elements of blockchain that make it transparent and secure.
Anuradha Kapoor is the Founder and Director of Swayam, a feminist organization committed to advancing women’s rights and ending gender inequality and violence against women, established in May 1995.
Swayam’s multi-faceted approach to addressing violence includes direct support to women in crisis; emphasis on empowering women, men, and youth to address violence in their communities; broad campaigns, training, research, and publications to shift social and cultural norms that perpetuate gender-based violence; and work at the state and national level with government and judicial bodies to influence policy and practices.
Anuradha is an Ashoka Fellow, an Eisenhower Fellow, and was a member of the Civil Society Advisory Group for UN Women’s Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.
She is an activist, trainer, and consultant for women and human rights organizations, academic institutions, and UN agencies and has co-authored articles, research, and manuals on the issue of violence against women. She has also co-edited ‘The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, a Litigation Guide and Compilation of Judgements in 2015. She was a speaker on the online course ‘Confronting Gender-Based Violence: Global Lessons for Healthcare Workers’ conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education.
Anuradha is actively involved in advocacy on women’s rights and keenly advocated for the introduction of The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, and has since been working to ensure its effective implementation at the State and National levels. She has contributed towards other legal and policy initiatives including the Civil Society Alternative Report for India to the CEDAW Committee in 2014 and to numerous laws related to violence against women being introduced/revised in India namely laws dealing with Sexual Assault, Dowry Prohibition, and Marital Property Rights. She also made submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the Justice Verma Committee in 2013, and to the Parliamentary Committee on the controversial proposed amendments of Section 498A in 2011.
Anuradha has been invited to speak on issues related to violence against women at various workshops and seminars conducted by organizations working on women’s rights and human rights issues in India and abroad. These include women’s rights courses conducted by Women’s Studies Departments in Calcutta University and Jadavpur University, a panel by UN Women during the Commission on the Status of Women in 2015, at international conferences on Human Rights, Equality and Gender issues at the University of Connecticut, USA organized by the UNESCO Chair in 2006, 2008 and 2013 and at The 2nd International Conference on the Training of the Judiciary’ organized by the National Judicial Institute, Canada. She was also invited as an expert to the Global Technical Consultation on the Coordination and Governance of Essential Services to respond to violence against women and girls, in 2015 in Spain organized by UN Women as well as on numerous technical advisory committees of UN women and other organizations.
A believer in alliance building, Anuradha initiated the setting up of AMAN Global Voices for Peace in the Home, an international network of organizations working on Domestic Violence, and has initiated and coordinated national-level campaigns against violence on women and girls.
As part of the Asia Pacific Forum on Judicial Education on Equality Issues, Anuradha was involved in conducting Judicial Training in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh with judges and judicial officers from the High Courts and District Courts.
Anuradha has a Bachelors’s Degree in Commerce from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She schooled at La Martiniere for Girls in Calcutta.