How not to fuck up the internet advantage

India will add over 200 million new Internet users in the course of the next two years. By 2014, the Indian Internet user base will have tripled and this can have significant effects on the way governments, markets, and school systems work.
In an interview, Google's country head in India, Rajan Anandan, said the Web giant expects India to reach at least 300 million Internet users by 2014, up from about 100 million now, as telecom carriers invest in high-speed wireless infrastructure and smartphones become cheaper. Even without those technology advancements, India is already the third-largest Internet market by users, behind China and the U.S., and with only 8% of its population of 1.2 billion online, there's plenty of runway for growth. "Despite a lot of the infrastructure challenges we have as a country, 100 million Indians are online, they're spending a huge amount of time online and they're doing a varied set of things online," says Mr. Anandan, a former Microsoft executive who took over Google's India operations in March.
This news should worry us more than it makes us happy. Not because it is something bad in itself, but because we stand a serious chance of failing to milk this holy cow if we don't play our cards right. The media revolution we are going through right now will prove fruitful only if it is allowed to grow at its natural pace. But the biggest hindrance on that front is the control-obsessed Indian government. If entrepreneurship in the USA is suffering under outdated patent laws, India's Internet-based communication movement is suffering because of our government's parent complex. Google executive Anandan says as much:
Mr. Anandan said the Internet sector can only flourish if the government fosters that growth. The company has expressed concerns lately about new Indian Web censorship rules, saying they outlaw too many categories of content and could potentially expose Internet companies to liability for content posted by third parties. The government has promised to review the rules but Mr. Anandan said no officials have sent word of any coming revisions.