Platformisation of governance

This was a good development, and its importance, as usual, missed by most:

I was reacting this this:

Amazon to integrate logistics network, SaaS products with ONDC

E-commerce major Amazon announced on February 24 that it will integrate its logistics network and suite of SaaS products with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), an interoperable e-commerce protocol backed by the Indian government.

“This will be Amazon’s initial collaboration with ONDC as we continue to explore other potential opportunities for stronger integration between the two in future,” the company said in a statement.

The open network seeks to increase e-commerce penetration in the country to 25 percent in the next two years, reaching 900 million buyers and 1.2 million sellers through the network, while hitting the $48-billion mark in terms of the gross merchandise value.

I am not interested in the e-commerce markets as much as I am interested in the platform economics, software suite/plumbing/supply chain logistics and the massive compute servers. Primarily, ONDC is a plumbing platform to provide a level paying field for the “mum-and-pop stores” to digitise their inventory and sell products. India introduced a financial instrument called Unified Payments Interface and Health ID for all its citizens.

Combine the disparate systems, and you have the perfect plumbing for telemedicine (on the backdrop of 5G). Remote care might finally become feasible.

This is what I call as platformisation of governance. I am sure Amazon is not excited about this development despite their public utterances.

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