On April 18, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, an Indian American anti-caste activist and the director of the organization Equality Labs, was supposed to deliver a talk at Google's Diversity Equity Inclusion program to sensitize employees of different forms of discrimination at workplaces.
This has been another packed and exhilarating week at our offices here. At the heart of our work at DEF is our mission to eradicate information poverty, bridge the digital divide, and bring internet connectivity to communities at the margins.
Recently, concerns about the kind of data collected by a host of period tracking apps have hit the news again. Concerns have been raised on the amounts of data the companies have, and the privacy laws (or lack, thereof) are leading to this data being sold and later misused. Particularly, this is in the light of USA's recent consideration of overturning of Roe vs Wade judgement.
Last week, in yet another planned communally charged incident against the country's minority Muslim community, several lawsuits were filed claiming a Shivling was found beneath the Gyanvapi mosque in Benaras. After demanding the mosque be sealed, and hearings at the Supreme Court, the issue remains sensitive and volatile.
On February 2021, as the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweets about the farmers' protest in India, it starts to get a sudden rise in international coverage. One week later, a 22-year old climate activist, Disha Ravi was arrested by the Bangalore Police, charged with sedition charges- section 124A (and others) for plotting to “promote disaffection against Indian state.”