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‘Any Normal Human Being Would Be Offended’

‘Any Normal Human Being Would Be Offended’

by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 06, 2011 01:11 PM

The Indian government has asked social media operators to delete information on the Internet that might offend the ‘‘sensibilities’’ of people in India, Kapil Sibal, India’s minister of communications and information technology, said Tuesday, confirming an earlier India Ink report.

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Why this ‘kolaveri di' is India's coming of age

Why this ‘kolaveri di' is India's coming of age

by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 05, 2011 10:03 AM

In the last two weeks, two videos have gone viral on the Internet in India. One, the catchy Tanglish-folksy ‘Why this kolaveri di' video, and two, the flash mob at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai where a few hundred Mumbaikars were seen shaking a leg to the Bollywood hit, ‘Rang de basanti'. Nishant Shah, Director-Research has been quoted in this article by Deepa Kurup which was published in the Hindu on 4 December 2011.

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On the net, red herring

by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 05, 2011 09:49 AM

They are often the first clue in cyber crimes.But IP addresses may not be totally foolproof, writes Javed Anwer. Sunil Abraham has been quoted in this article published in the Times of India on 4 December 2011.

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Move over Kolaveri di, here comes Gowda

Move over Kolaveri di, here comes Gowda

by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 28, 2011 06:58 AM

Transparency is the buzzword in governance and chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda is eager to set a new benchmark. You could soon watch what the chief minister is doing at office, live on YouTube. This article was published in dailybhaskar.com on November 28, 2011.

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Is Facebook tracking your virtual footprints?

Is Facebook tracking your virtual footprints?

by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 24, 2011 03:02 AM

Social media experts claim number of cases of privacy violations against the site has increased in past few months; Facebook rubbishes the allegations. This article by Sheetal Sukhija was published in MidDay on 22 November 2011.

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SOPA: The bill that could kill the Internet

SOPA: The bill that could kill the Internet

by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 18, 2011 07:26 AM

As the US government’s House Judiciary Committee begins hearings on the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, (SOPA), both supporters and opponents are ramping up their campaigning, with big names getting involved. And so they should. SOPA’s stakes are no less than the future of the Internet itself.

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International human rights community vs SOPA

by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 28, 2011 10:15 AM

The Centre for Internet and Society was mentioned in a news story published in BoingBoing. Cory Doctorow wrote the story published on November 17, 2011.

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Netizen Report: Transparency Edition

by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 09, 2011 04:31 AM

Global Voices Online has carried a feature story, "Netizen Report: Transparency Edition". We at CIS had filed an RTI application about website blocking. This is reflected in this article by Rebecca MacKinnon which was posted online on 7 November 2011.

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Learn It Yourself

Learn It Yourself

by Prasad Krishna last modified Dec 23, 2011 05:01 AM

The peer-to-peer world of online learning encourages conversations and reciprocal learning, writes Nishant Shah in an article published in the Indian Express on 30 October 2011.

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India’s vanishing fingerprints put UID in question

India’s vanishing fingerprints put UID in question

by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 26, 2011 10:05 AM

A curious situation has come to light at the UID (unique identity) enrolment centres. Call it the phenomenon of vanishing fingerprints. You see, our unique fingerprints don’t necessarily last a lifetime and they can be damaged or destroyed and, in some cases, even non-existent. And that is not the best scenario for the first-of-its-kind project that endeavours to create a unique identity for India’s billion-plus population based on fingerprints and iris scans (or biometric data).

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Ninth Workshop on Media Economics

by Prasad Krishna last modified Nov 28, 2011 09:12 AM

The Higher School of Economics and the New Economic School have joined hands to organize the ninth workshop on media economics in Moscow on October 28 and 29, 2011. All events are scheduled to take place in Marriott Courtyard, a hotel in the centre of Moscow within 10-minute walking distance from the Kremlin, the Red Square, and the Bolshoi Theatre.

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IBSA Seminar on Global Internet Governance

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 13, 2011 09:53 AM

The seminar will take place at Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 1-2, 2011.

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India's social media "spring" masks forgotten protests

India's social media "spring" masks forgotten protests

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 01, 2011 06:24 AM

Irom Sharmila has been on hunger strike for 10 years to protest against military abuses, force-fed by tubes through her nose. But the tragedy for the world's longest hunger strike is that she is on the wrong side of India's digital divide.

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Digital divide: Why Irom Sharmila can’t do an Anna

Digital divide: Why Irom Sharmila can’t do an Anna

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 01, 2011 05:55 AM

Irom Sharmila has been on hunger strike for 10 years to protest against military abuses, force-fed by tubes through her nose. But the tragedy for the world’s longest hunger strike is that she is on the wrong side of India’s digital divide.

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When revolutions go viral

When revolutions go viral

by Prasad Krishna last modified Sep 01, 2011 04:46 AM

Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, the urban Indian youth, famously detached from the goings-on in the country, came out on the streets to support the anti-corruption movement - not only here but abroad as well. TOI-Crest looks at the anatomy of a modern protest movement.

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Net Gain

Net Gain

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 29, 2011 11:52 AM

The draft Electronic Service Delivery Bill, 2011, is aimed at making government services available online. But there are many hurdles to bringing in effective e-governance, says Hemchhaya De

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IISc students boycott UID, don’t want Big Brother to keep watch

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 23, 2011 08:24 AM

The programme doesn’t have statutory backing. It is still in parliament

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In the Right Circle

by Prasad Krishna last modified Aug 23, 2011 07:40 AM

I’ve been on Google Plus for a few weeks now. In the beginning, it felt like showing up early at a much-talked-up party. There was a small scatter of people, poking around, examining the place, making preliminary conversation with the few others they knew. Most of the talk was, unsurprisingly, about Google Plus.

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