A quick recap of what we tweeted about this week #ICYMI. #PolicyBrief: Associates, @IsalyneGe, and @harshita_a94 analysed the #bmcbudget2020 and made recommendations for unlocking #Mumbai’s land revenues (bit.ly/2uzTxVY). (1/3)
#Conversations: check out this conversation on how much of India is actually #urban? (bit.ly/indiaurban). Another interesting one was on how India will navigate the challenges of a #digital economy (bit.ly/datagovIndia) (2/3)
#ThoughtThreads: Why we need to care about #Air pollution (bit.ly/airpollnnthread), What’re the problems with GDP estimates (bit.ly/GDPthread) and Why we need to be careful about algorithms? (bit.ly/algothread) (3/3)

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Last week, our team submitted its feedback on the proposed policy on National Data Governance Framework (#NDGFP) by @GoI_MeitY. 🧵Here’s a summary of our key suggestions. (1/n)
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