Centre for Internet & Society

The Right Words for Love

by Nishant Shah

Queer love is legal. Which means that all of us are finally free to find a language that can match our desires.

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Digital Native: #MemeToo

by Nishant Shah

An old meme shows the need for emotional literacy in our digitally saturated age. Memes, like regrettable exes, have the habit of resurfacing at regular periods.

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Essays on 'Offline' - Selected Abstracts

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha

In response to a recent call for essays that explore various dimensions of offline lives, we received 22 abstracts. Out of these, we have selected 10 pieces to be published as part of a series titled 'Offline' on the upcoming [email protected] blog. Please find below the details of the selected abstracts.

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Digital Native: Playing God

by Nishant Shah

Google’s home assistant can make you feel deceptively God-like as it listens to every command of yours. It is a device that never sleeps, and always listens, waiting for a voice to utter “Ok Google” to jump into life.

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Digital Native: Double Speak

by Nishant Shah

Aadhaar’s danger has always been that it opens up individuals to high levels of vulnerability without providing safeguards.

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Call for Essays: Offline

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha

Who is offline, and is it a choice? The global project of bringing people online has spurred several commendable initiatives in expanding access to digital devices, networks, and content, and often contentious ones such as Free Basics / internet.org, which illustrate the intersectionalities of scale, privilege, and rights that we need to be mindful of when we imagine the offline. Further, the experience of the internet, for a large section of people is often mediated through prior and ongoing experiences of traditional media, and through cultural metaphors and cognitive frames that transcend more practical registers such as consumption and facilitation. How do we approach, study, and represent this disembodied internet – devoid of its hypertext, platforms, devices, it's nuts and bolts, but still tangible through engagement in myriad, personal and often indiscernible ways. The [email protected] programme invites abstracts for essays that explore dimensions of offline lives.

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Digital Native: How smart cities can make criminals out of denizens

by Nishant Shah

People download information and share it without knowing about the intellectual property rights. On social media bullying, harassment and hate speech find easy avenues.

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Digital Native: The bigger picture

by Nishant Shah

For all our sleek machines, we are slaves to the much larger Internet of Things.

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