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Iraqi Minister meets Secretary, Indian Ministry of Panchayat Raj

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 01, 2011 03:52 AM

His Excellency Mr. Abdul Kareem El-Samarai, the Iraqi Minister of Science and Technology was among 15 other senior bureaucrats from Iraq who met with Mr. ANP Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj to discuss the Ministry’s efforts at introducing ICT at the Panchayat level through its e-Panchayat initiatives. This was as part of their study tour to India in association with UNDP-Iraq and UNDP-India. They also met with Mr. Shankar Aggarwal, Additional Secretary, DIT earlier in the day who briefed them about the various aspects of the National e-Governance Plan envisaged by the Government of India to make government services accessible and affordable to all Indian citizens. This news was published by the Karnataka News Network on April 27, 2011.

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The world is your oyster, by invitation only

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 01, 2011 01:40 AM

Recent trends show the world of social networking actually reflects the social divides and groupings in the real world. This article by Shreya Ray was published in the Livemint on April 26, 2011.

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India Proposes Restrictions on Tapping Telephone Calls

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 06, 2011 05:53 AM

An Indian government report has recommended that interception of telephone calls by government agencies should be limited to situations when there is a "public emergency" or "public safety" is at stake. John Riberio's article appeared in the PC World, TechWorld and CIO. Pranesh Prakash, program manager from the Centre for Internet and Society has been quoted in these articles.

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Iraqi delegation in Bangalore to study e-governance projects

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 21, 2011 09:41 AM

A 20-member delegation from Iraq, led by its Science and Technology Minister Abdul Kareem El-Samarai, is in this tech hub for a firsthand account of the e-governance projects used for community development and as an interface between the government and citizens. This news was published in the Economic Times, April 20, 2011.

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Dark waders

Dark waders

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 20, 2011 05:22 AM

Akhila Seetharaman finds out why a group of artists and researchers are preoccupied with chasing shadows. This article was published in Time Out Bengaluru, Vol. 3, Issue 20, April 15 - 28, 2011.

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Beyond Clicktivism

Beyond Clicktivism

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 20, 2011 04:33 AM

Moral support Hazare has in plenty. Count the missed calls, writes Debarshi Dasgupta in this article published in the Outlook on April 18, 2011.

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Gone in a flash

Gone in a flash

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 20, 2011 04:58 AM

Net-savvy crowds gather in public places for moments of wacky fun, then vanish. This article by Neha Thirani was published in the Times of India Crest Edition on April 16, 2011.

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How Web 2.0 responded to Hazare

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 11, 2011 10:38 AM

Social media often fails to give us time to form critical opinions. ‘It mirrored the spectacle that we were being fed by TV channels', says Nishant Shah in an interview with Deepa Kurup. This news was published in the Hindu on April 11, 2011.

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Second Expert Meeting on Human Rights and the Internet

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 08, 2011 10:01 AM

The second expert meeting on human rights and the Internet is being organised by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression on 30 and 31 March 2011 in Stockholm (Sweden). Anja Kovacs will participate in this meeting.

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India Should Watch Its Internet Watchmen

India Should Watch Its Internet Watchmen

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 06, 2011 05:08 AM

The month after terrorists attacked Mumbai in 2008, India's government initiated legislation enabling it to eavesdrop on electronic communication and block websites on grounds of national security. There was no public debate before the bill in question was introduced, and hardly any debate inside parliament itself before it passed in 2009. In the law, there were no guidelines about the extent to which an individual's right to privacy would be breached. And there was certainly no mention, and therefore, reassurance, that due process would be followed when it came to restricting access to websites. This article by Rahul Bhatia was published in the Wall Street Journal on March 28, 2011.

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Networking its way to better governance

Networking its way to better governance

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:13 PM

New policy to regulate Government presence on social media. This article by Deepa Kurup was published in the Hindu on March 28, 2011.

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‘Learn from failed UK NIR project’

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:12 PM

The new government in the UK recently scrapped its decade-long work spending millions of pounds on establishing the National Identity Registration (NIR) number simply because it realised it wasn't workable. This article by Madhumita was published in the Deccan Chronicle on March 22, 2011.

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Muzzling the Internet

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:14 PM

It is strange suddenly to be confronted with the provisions of a law passed way back in 2008. But why should the Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008, pushed through in the weeks following the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai be making news now? This news item by Sundeep Dougal was posted in Outlook on March 17, 2011.

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Battle for the Internet

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:28 PM

In this article written by Latha Jishnu and published by Down to Earth, Issue: March 15 2011, the author reports about the events in the United States in the post WikiLeaks scenario.

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Catch-all approach to Net freedom draws activist ire

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:43 PM

The Internet has revolutionized the way we socialise, date and even protest. Online activism is a faster, more effective way to get more people to react to a cause. But at the same time it is this speed that makes Internet-generated protests a far graver danger than offline protests. Egypt faced an Internet shutdown when the protest started gaining steam and China has been throttled with heavy cyber censorship for years. Unfortunately, silencing the voices of dissent online is as easy as raising them. This article by Annie Johnny appeared in the Sunday Guardian, New Delhi on 13 March 2011.

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Cause and effect Facebook-style

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:44 PM

While the world is crediting Facebook for triggering the Arab revolution, do Facebook groups in India say anything about top of mind causes for young Indians? Crime touches a chord - the pages that have sprung up for Radhika Tanwar and Aarushi Talwar illustrate this - but it's the ideological issues that have made it to our top five list. Anja Kovas, a fellow at the Centre for Internet and Society, a Bengaluru-based research organisation, analyses the success of these causes.

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Govt proposal to muzzle bloggers sparks outcry

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:46 PM

A government proposal seeking to police blogs has come in for severe criticism from legal experts and outraged the online community. The draft rules, drawn up by the government under the Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008, deal with due diligence to be observed by an intermediary. This article was published in the Times of India on March 10, 2011.

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Anti-Social Network

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:59 PM

Social media is driving teens to a reality they can't handle. This article by Max Martin was published in Mail Today on February 27, 2011.

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New Indian Rules May Make Online Censorship Easier

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:57 PM

Draft rules proposed by the Indian government for intermediaries such as telecommunications companies, Internet service providers and blogging sites could in effect aid censorship, according to experts. The article by John Ribeiro was published in Yahoo News on March 7, 2011.

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Social Network Suicide

Social Network Suicide

by Prasad Krishna last modified Apr 01, 2011 03:54 PM

Those disillusioned with their virtual friends circle are saying goodbye through web applications that wipe out your net identity. What’s more, you can even have your own memorial page, says Sahana Charan in this article published in the Bangalore Mirror on Sunday, February 6, 2011.

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