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Blog Entry The Internet in the Indian Judicial Imagination
by Divij Joshi published Sep 09, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
This post by Divij Joshi is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Divij is a final year student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and is a keen observer and researcher on issues of law, policy and technology. In this essay, he traces the history of the Internet in India through the lens of judicial trends, and looks at how the judiciary has defined its own role in relation to the Internet.
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Blog Entry How Green is the Internet? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
by Aishwarya Panicker published Sep 23, 2016 last modified Sep 23, 2016 05:02 AM — filed under: , ,
This essay by Aishwarya Panicker is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. The author draws attention to the fact that there is little data, debate, analysis, and examination of the environmental impact of the internet, which is true especially for India. She explores four central issue areas. First, as the third highest country in terms of internet use, what is the current environmental impact of internet usage in India? Second, are there any regulatory provisions that give prescriptive measures to data centres and providers? Third, do any global standards exist in this regard and finally, what future steps can be taken (by the government, civil society and individuals) to address this?
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Blog Entry Mobilizing Online Consensus: Net Neutrality and the India Subreddit
by Sujeet George published Sep 27, 2016 last modified Sep 27, 2016 04:52 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This essay by Sujeet George is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. The author offers a preliminary gesture towards understanding reddit’s usage and breadth in the Indian context. Through an analysis of the “India” subreddit and examining the manner and context in which information and ideas are shared, proposed, and debunked, the paper aspires to formulate a methodology for interrogating sites like reddit that offer the possibilities of social mediation, even as users maintain a limited amount of privacy. At the same time, to what extent can such news aggregator sites direct the ways in which opinions and news flows change course as a true marker of information generation responding to user inputs.
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Blog Entry Love in the Time of Tinder
by Nishant Shah published Oct 17, 2016 — filed under: ,
Service providers and information aggregators mine our information and share it in ways that we cannot imagine.
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Blog Entry Digital native: Lie Me a River
by Nishant Shah published Mar 19, 2017 — filed under: , ,
The sea of social media around us often drowns the truth, exchanging misinformation for facts.
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Blog Entry Indic Scripts and the Internet
by Dibyajyoti Ghosh published Jun 30, 2015 last modified Jul 10, 2015 04:23 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This post by Dibyajyoti Ghosh is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Dibyajyoti is a PhD student in the Department of English, Jadavpur University. He has four years of full-time work experience in projects which dealt with digital humanities and specially with digitisation of material in Indic scripts. In this essay, Dibyajyoti explores the effects the English language has on the Internet population of India.
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Blog Entry Users and the Internet
by Purbasha Auddy published Jul 10, 2015 last modified Jul 10, 2015 04:20 AM — filed under: , ,
This post by Purbasha Auddy is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Purbasha is a SYLFF PhD fellow at the School of Cultural Texts and Records (SCTR), Jadavpur University, with more than eight years of work experience in digital archiving. She has also been teaching for the last two years in the newly-started post-graduate diploma course in Digital Humanities and Cultural Informatics offered by the SCTR. In this essay, Purbasha explores the constructions of the ideas of the Indian Internet users through the advertisements that talk about data packages, mobile phones or apps.
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Blog Entry Effective Activism: The Internet, Social Media, and Hierarchical Activism in New Delhi
by Sarah McKeever published Jul 16, 2015 last modified Jul 16, 2015 08:22 AM — filed under: , , ,
This post by Sarah McKeever is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Sarah is a PhD candidate at the India Institute, King’s College London, and her work focuses on the impact of social media on contemporary political movements. In this essay, she explores the increasingly hierarchical system of activism on the Internet, based on Western corporate desire for data, and how it is shaping who is seen and heard on the Internet in India.
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Blog Entry Studying the Internet Discourse in India through the Prism of Human Rights
by Deva Prasad M published Jul 22, 2015 — filed under: , , , ,
This post by Deva Prasad M is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Deva Prasad is Assistant Professor at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. In this essay, he analyses key public discussions around Internet related issues from the human rights angle, and explores how this angle may contribute to understanding the features of the Internet discourse in India.
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Blog Entry War Driving in Lhasa Vegas
by Oxblood Ruffin published Aug 17, 2015 last modified Aug 17, 2015 08:19 AM — filed under: ,
This post by Oxblood Ruffin is part of the 'Studying Internets in India' series. Oxblood Ruffin is a hacktivist and film maker. He joined the CULT OF THE DEAD COW in 1996 as its Foreign Minister. Colonel Ruffin is co-author of the Hacktivismo Enhanced Source Software Licencse Agreement (HESSLA), network curmudgeon, and line cook. He will publish a book on information warfare in 2016. In this essay, Colonel Ruffin traces the history of Internet access in Dharamsala, and the factors at play in shaping it - mundane and maverick, familiar and outlier.
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