April 18, 2024
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Chapter Eighty-Seven: Some Updates on Censorship, Welfare and EdTech

We start with the worst news, which is also triggering. This shocking incident happened in Manipur, where, as we had mentioned earlier, a long ethnic conflict had been taking place since several months. Read More

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Chapter Eighty-six: Re-threaded Town Squares?

Elon Musk has famously called the social-media/microblogging platform that he acquired last year as the Internet’s de facto town square. Some would say the same of Reddit. But all’s not well in any of the town squares, and as the citizens/netizens are increasingly unhappy with the changes, what would be the future of the platforms, […]

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Chapter Eighty-Five: Internet Shutdown Capital courtesy Manipur

While recent reports suggest France is in for a relatively calmer night after the protests, parallelly in our country, many parts of the state of Manipur has also been witnessing violence – for over three months now. The government had resorted to calling in the central forces but their indiscriminate shoot-to-kill action has increased deaths […]

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Chapter Eighty-Four: Kerala’s steps towards the Internet as a Right

This was the former finance minister’s announcement four years ago. Earlier this month, although two years delayed, the state of Kerala saw their government launching an initiative called KFON, described “to provide high-speed internet connectivity to all households, government offices, and educational institutions.” KFON is short for Kerala Fibre Optic Network Project. Read More

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Chapter Eighty-Three: Can we go green and digital together?

As we often quote DEF’s founder-director Osama Manzar in repeating this, Data is expensive. Sure, it has gone cheaper and faster than it had over the past two decades, but one’s opinion will change when it is seen as a necessity and not a luxury. In an increasingly connected world, we need to be connected to survive […]

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Chapter Eighty-Two: The Gardens of Inequali-Tea and Some Digital Roads Out

After all, Tea is the second most preferred beverage worldwide, second only to water. A 2021 statistic pegs the global production of tea at almost 6 million tonnes (5,966,467 to be exact) a year. Although a slightly older statistic, this infographic by IIP using the 2011-12 NSS data puts a +91% preference for tea over […]

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Chapter Eighty One: What lengths are you willing to go to for privacy and security?

As Osama Manzar, the director of DEF reminded us, data is costly. We might not think so with our monthly recharges in an urban setting, but for a lot of rural India, even a photocopy machine is kilometres away, divided by access, gender, and expenses of travel and day of lost wage. This is what […]

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Chapter Eighty: What lengths are you willing to go to for privacy and security?

Digital Empowerment Foundation hosted a workshop in Panchgani, Maharashtra, with over fifty journalists, media researchers, and practitioners, where we talked about data, privacy, security, mis/disinformation, and more. This is one part of our report from the workshop. Read More

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Chapter Seventy-Nine: The Thin Lines of Speech, Press, and History

One step forward, several steps back: with one big win for press freedom, one huge blow for freedom of speech, parts of history being erased, and several instances of violence, this week has been a (mostly downhill) coaster ride – that’s what this week’s TypeRight takes a glance at. Read More

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Chapter Seventy-Eight: Deadlines, Deadliness and Aadhaar

This edition of TypeRight looks into some recent updates on the Aadhaar push for welfare benefits and how the deadlines turn deadly. Read More

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