Startups Say IAMAI Parroting ‘Pro-Foreign Big Tech’ Views


    The Indian government is currently in the process of drafting a new digital competition law aimed at regulating the activities of big tech companies in the country. However, some startups are expressing concern that the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), which represents many of the country’s largest tech firms, is promoting the views of foreign big tech companies rather than those of domestic startups. According to reports, several Indian startups have written to the government expressing their concerns that the IAMAI is pushing for regulations that are more favorable to foreign companies like Amazon and Facebook, rather than those that would promote competition and innovation among domestic startups. The startups argue that the IAMAI’s stance on the proposed digital competition law could have significant implications for the future of the Indian startup ecosystem, which has been growing rapidly in recent years. They are calling on the government to ensure that the new regulations promote a level playing field for all players in the market, regardless of their size or origin. The concerns raised by these startups highlight the complex and often contentious relationship between big tech companies and startups in India. While many startups have benefitted from the growth of the country’s tech sector, they also face stiff competition from established players who have significant resources and market power. The government’s proposed digital competition law is intended to address these issues and promote a more competitive and innovative digital economy in India. However, it remains to be seen how the law will ultimately be implemented and what impact it will have on the country’s tech industry as a whole.