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On Facebook: AAP top spender on political ads, BJP on pro-CAA ones
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

While some pages are authorised as official political party pages by Facebook, some pay for pro- or anti-party content, but bypass conventional expenditure sheets by labelling themselves as “community” or “satire/parody” pages.

Women politicians got nearly 100 ‘abusive’ tweets daily during Lok Sabha polls
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Examples of sexist abuses from India included Hindi slurs for ‘witch’ and ‘prostitute’ as well as threats to send the politician concerned to Pakistan, the study found.

Delhi elections: In illegal colonies, BJP finds data goldmine
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

BJP workers have collected 5 lakh housing registration details, which the party has used to send voice and SMS messages of the Prime Minister’s recent Ramlila speech to residents of these colonies.

Joint Select Committee seeks comparative reviews of Privacy Bill
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

In December, Parliament approved sending the Bill to a Joint Select Committee chaired by BJPs Meenakshi Lekhi, sidestepping the IT Parliamentary Standing Committee chaired by Congress' Shashi Tharoor.

Suspension of the Internet: What the Rules say, what the SC underlined
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

The Rules, issued under the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, stipulate that only the Home Secretary of the Union or a state can pass an order, and that the order must include the reasons for the decision.

IT rules to separate social media firms, other online platforms
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

The rules, called Intermediaries Guidelines under the IT Act, are under process of revision in the wake of instances of violence and lynchings, affiliated with content posted on social media platforms.

Why SC order on Internet goes beyond J&K, opens window for challenges and judicial reviews
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

India tops the list of Internet shutdowns globally. The ongoing shutdown in Kashmir is the longest ever in any democratic country.

Twitter adds ‘caste’ to its hateful conduct policy
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

"Our Hateful Conduct Policy always prohibited behavior that targets individuals based on protected categories (including caste). Today, we have updated the policy to specially include the word caste.”

Explained: What is ‘OK Boomer’?
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Broadly, baby boomers are those people who were born between 1946 and 1964, successors of the “silent generation”, which includes those individuals born between 1928 and 1945.

Explained: California’s data privacy law
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

It gives users new controls over the way Internet companies use their data. What are these changes, which will affect users beyond California too? How does the law compare with the privacy bill India has planned?

IT Ministry to brief House panel on data Bill during Jan 14 meet
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

The Bill will be a first of its kind in the country, mandating certain types of data to be stored only in the country and giving some rights to users to control how their data is used.

Wikipedia writes to IT Minister: New govt guidelines will severely disrupt our model
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

Because the resource is curated by language and not geographic market, the rules would change the entire website, not just Indians’ access to the knowledge, the Foundation said.

Article 370, citizenship Bill among top Google searches in India this year
Sun, Dec 29, 2019

A breakdown of Google searches in 2019 for “370”, “CAB”, “NRC”, and “Ayodhya” shows that people in almost half the states searched for “CAB” more than any other term this year.

CAA, NRC protests: ‘End state-sponsored attack, order SC-monitored SIT probe’
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

Fact-finding team’s report finds ‘reign of terror’ in the state

Uttar Pradesh: Activists demand SC-monitored SIT probe into violence
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

At a press meet, the activists also demanded cases under National Human Rights Commission and National Minorities Commission, suspension of guilty police officers and compensation for families of those killed.

Why Facebook is setting up an Oversight Board, what it means to users
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

If your post gets taken down on Facebook or Instagram, this would help present an appeals process. The board primarily will judge content moderation cases in consistency with the company’s policies, as well as formulate policy suggestions.

CAA protests: How lawyers got detainees out
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

The Indian Express spoke to lawyers who worked behind the scenes till early Saturday morning, arguing in late night hearings, calling up senior police officers and law ministry officials to allow them to meet the detainees.

How India’s data centre market is scrambling to catch up with rising Internet users
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

At 10 GB per month per phone, Indians use the most data in the world. As that graph shoots up and govt introduces a Bill supporting its push for localisation, The Indian Express takes stock of the country’s data centre market that is scrambling to catch up

First time, Internet, voice, SMS shut down in Delhi
Fri, Dec 20, 2019

As protesters, as well as local residents, reached out to the telecom companies for clarity on Twitter, Vodafone responded: “As per the directive received from the government, services are stopped at a few locations. As a result of this, you will not be able to use services till 1 pm at these locations.”

Shutting down the Internet — how, when, where it has been happening in India
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

There are no detailed official data on Internet shutdowns in India. However, India is widely considered to be a world leader in cutting off access to the Net. This is how, when, and where it has been happening.

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