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The age of illustrative digital dissent

The age of illustrative digital dissent

August 7, 2021

It is April 2021, the second wave of Covid-19 has hit India like a tonne of bricks, shattering the entire healthcare system. People are dying left and right, the politicians who are supposed to lead the country away from this catastrophe are missing. Hundreds of thousands lose th...

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With zero tolerance for ‘harmful behaviour’, WhatsApp bans 2 million accounts in India

With zero tolerance for ‘harmful behaviour’, WhatsApp bans 2 million accounts in India

July 18, 2021

Ever since its launch in India about 10 years ago, Facebook-owned messaging platform has made rapid strides in India in terms of adoption by users. It has galloped to almost 500 million accounts in India, making it by far the world’s biggest market for the extremely popular app...

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Over 73 pc Indians use digital news platforms, distrust traditional news media, says report

Over 73 pc Indians use digital news platforms, distrust traditional news media, says report

June 28, 2021

The annual Reuters Digital News Report, 2021 released recently made some noteworthy revelations in terms of credibility of digital news platforms among readers, the lasting impact of the ongoing pandemic on media houses and reliance on social media for news due to lack of trust i...

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Using latest social media trends smartly

Using latest social media trends smartly

May 5, 2021

While social media has been hailed for spreading useful Covid-related information and contacts during past few months, dissemination of useful information with entertainment is not a new trend. Especially during a raging pandemic, information with entertainment has become the tre...

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Digital media & OTT rules: Freedom & privacy under siege

Digital media & OTT rules: Freedom & privacy under siege

March 5, 2021

Introduced to ‘curb misuse’ of digital platforms, new rules by the Indian government for the OTT and digital news platforms has led to worries about the freedom and privacy of individuals online.

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A Signal to exit WhatsApp

A Signal to exit WhatsApp

January 16, 2021

Late on Friday, WhatsApp, world’s leading messaging app, announced that it was delaying the implementation of its new privacy policy which would have led to sharing of comprehensive user profile and sensitive data with Facebook, its parent. Users now have till May 15 to accept ...

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Google & Facebook face anti-trust heat across globe

Google & Facebook face anti-trust heat across globe

December 17, 2020

Few had imagined the scenario even five years ago, but the seemingly invincible Big Tech firms Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are all facing the heat of competition authorities across the globe as government regulators finally wake up to the threats to a fair and free market ...

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Industries that pipped the pandemic

Industries that pipped the pandemic

September 20, 2020

“I stopped taking food from local tiffin service since April. I switched to ordering from Swiggy regularly as it assured me of following all possible safety and hygiene measures including the body temperature of the delivery person and cleanliness rating of the restaurant I ord...

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Data experts concerned over contact tracing apps

Data experts concerned over contact tracing apps

September 3, 2020

Globally, the Covid-19 outbreak has upturned all systems with an increasing number of infections and about a million deaths. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Artificial Intelligence and big data is playing a significant role in controlling the spread of the pande...

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Female comedians in India battle the dark side of standup comedy

Female comedians in India battle the dark side of standup comedy

July 27, 2020

Even as more women get into stand up comedy in India, they face online abuses, sexual harassment and physical threats from social media trolls almost every day.

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India censors online data the most, says study

India censors online data the most, says study

October 6, 2019

According to a study by Britain-based tech research firm Comparitech, India has topped the list of countries in terms of sending content removal requests to technology companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Wikimedia.

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Tiff over French tech tax may climax at G7

Tiff over French tech tax may climax at G7

August 24, 2019

A trade battle threatens to break out here at Biarritz over the new tax by France on ‘new economy’ companies as an upset US President Donald Trump threatens strong retaliation.

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