Nishant Shah

Nishant Shah is a professor of new media and the co-founder of The Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore

Articles By Nishant Shah

To solve its problems, Facebook needs to accept its role in creating them

The problem with Facebook’s recent shout-out for collective social responsibility.

Digital Native: Lessons from Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp going down

The day when three social-media apps refused to load.

Digital Native: How an information overload affects what you forward

The information overload of social media sharing can make us act against our better judgement.

What I learned from going offline for 48 hours

A weekend without the internet shows just how much control we surrender to online chatter.

Why it’s too much to expect social media companies to end the spread of fake news

Technological control of fake news is impossible if we remain eager to hate.

India’s proposed new internet bill is as repressive as the worst of Chinese laws

The proposed new internet bill is as repressive as the worst of Chinese restrictions. The new intermediaries liability and content monitoring act that will become a law in February, unquestioningly expand the remit of the government.

Digital Native: She Will Survive

But for that we have to recognise that the woman who says #MeToo is not just a flat, digital image.

Digital Native: System Needs a Reboot

It’s time to replace the schizophrenic need for variety with ingenuity — the truthiness of the information.

#Foodporn is about making food as fake as orgasms in commercial porn

Our love for #foodporn makes us blind to the politics of food.

Digital Native: One Selfie Does a Tragedy Make

The great find of this century – life’s worth just a selfie. Channeling the inner narcissus is now human hamartia.

Digital Native: Hashtag Fatigue

It is easy to hijack hashtags by coupling them with others. It is equally easy to make hashtags die.

Digital Native: Time to Walk the Talk

#MeToo has turned victims into survivors, but social media remains an unsafe space.

Digital Native: Hardly Friends Like That

Individual effort is far from enough to fool Facebook’s grouping algorithm.

The Right Words for Love

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

Digital Native: #MemeToo

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.

Digital Native: Playing God

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.

Digital Native: Double Speak

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

Digital Native: Hashtag Along With Me

A hashtag that evolved with a movement.

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

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

Digital Native: The bigger picture

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