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Here is why government twitter handles have been posting offensive and partisan messages
by Prasad Krishna published Oct 16, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
You have failed us big time Mr Kejriwal, for your petty political gains you can become headlines for Pakistani press,” read a tweet on October 5 from @IndiaPostOffice, the official twitter handle of the Indian postal service.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Regulating Social Media: Unrealistic, Impossible, Necessary?
by Prasad Krishna published Apr 15, 2013 last modified Apr 30, 2013 04:50 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
The Press Council of India Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju calls for regulating social media, saying it will prevent offensive material coming into the public domain. But is it really necessary to regulate the social media? If yes, is it possible to do it?
Located in News & Media
Blog Entry Analyzing the Latest List of Blocked Sites (Communalism and Rioting Edition) Part II
by Snehashish Ghosh published Sep 25, 2012 last modified Sep 27, 2012 10:42 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Snehashish Ghosh does a further analysis of the leaked list of the websites blocked by the Indian Government from August 18, 2012 till August 21, 2012 (“leaked list”).
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry Online Pre-Censorship is Harmful and Impractical
by Pranesh Prakash published Dec 07, 2011 last modified Dec 12, 2011 05:00 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
The Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Kapil Sibal wants Internet intermediaries to pre-censor content uploaded by their users. Pranesh Prakash takes issue with this and explains why this is a problem, even if the government's heart is in the right place. Further, he points out that now is the time to take action on the draconian IT Rules which are before the Parliament.
Located in Internet Governance
Blog Entry The (in)Visible Subject: Power, Privacy and Social Networking
by Rebecca Schild published Feb 26, 2010 last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:06 AM — filed under: , , ,
In this entry, I will argue that the interplay between privacy and power on social network sites works ultimately to subject individuals to the gaze of others, or to alternatively render them invisible. Individual choices concerning privacy preferences must, therefore, be informed by the intrinsic relationship which exists between publicness/privateness and subjectivity/obscurity.
Located in Openness / Blog
Blog Entry Does the Social Web need a Googopoly?
by Rebecca Schild published Mar 02, 2010 last modified Aug 18, 2011 05:06 AM — filed under: , , ,
While the utility of the new social tool Buzz is still under question, the bold move into social space taken last week by the Google Buzz team has Gmail users questioning privacy implications of the new feature. In this post, I posit that Buzz highlights two privacy challenges of the social web. First, the application has sidestepped the consensual and contextual qualities desirable of social spaces. Secondly, Google’s move highlights the increasingly competitive and convergent nature of the social media landscape.
Located in Openness / Blog
No to homosexuals, yes to their vote
by Prasad Krishna published Mar 21, 2014 last modified Apr 04, 2014 09:54 AM — filed under: , ,
The ad appears at the bottom of the page. It has BJP’s symbol and Modi’s photograph displayed prominently.
Located in News & Media
Does the Safe-Harbor Program Adequately Address Third Parties Online?
by Rebecca Schild published Apr 16, 2010 last modified Aug 02, 2011 07:19 AM — filed under: , , , ,
While many citizens outside of the US and EU benefit from the data privacy provisions the Safe Harbor Program, it remains unclear how successfully the program can govern privacy practices when third-parties continue to gain more rights over personal data. Using Facebook as a site of analysis, I will attempt to shed light on the deficiencies of the framework for addressing the complexity of data flows in the online ecosystem.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Colour Me Political
by Nishant Shah published Apr 09, 2010 last modified Aug 04, 2011 10:34 AM — filed under: , , , ,
What are the tools that Digital Natives use to mobilise groups towards a particular cause? How do they engage with crises in their immediate environments? Are they using their popular social networking sites and web 2.0 applications for merely entertainment? Or are these tools actually helping them to re-articulate the realm of the political? Nishant Shah looks at the recent Facebook Colour Meme to see how new forms of political participation and engagement are being initiated by young people across the world.
Located in Digital Natives / Blog
Survey : Digital Natives with a cause?
by pushpa published Jun 08, 2010 last modified Aug 04, 2011 10:35 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
This survey seeks to consolidate information about how young people who have grown up with networked technologies use and experience online platforms and tools. It is also one of the first steps we have taken to interact with Digital Natives from around the world — especially in emerging information societies — to learn, understand and explore the possibilities of change via technology that lie before the Digital Natives. The findings from the survey will be presented at a multi-stakeholder conference later this year in The Netherlands.
Located in Digital Natives / Blog