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The Man Who Rallied India Against Facebook Worries Digital Nationalism Has Gone Too Far

“It’s almost like we have China envy.”

Indian flag and Chinese flag are displayed on a laptop screen behind a smart phone displaying a symbol of “block”
Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Six years before India shook the global internet by banning TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps, Nikhil Pahwa was trying to convince his country to care about tech policy. It was October 2014, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was selling India’s leaders and…

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Will Oremus

Will Oremus

Senior Writer, OneZero, at Medium