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Nishant Shah


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

How social media kills information by overproducing it
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

The digital space is essentially a space of erasure by dead information

Feel free to unfriend
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Do we fight online because we want to or because algorithms make us?

What will happen to our rights in the new normal?
Sat, May 16, 2020

The digital is going to become a lever by which people are going to be laid off, their jobs replaced by automation.

A Recipe for Disaster
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

In the time of COVID-19, the trending of #foodporn points to a glaring inequality

Viral Trap: Remembering the human stories behind the coronavirus news
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

Even as we're forced to consume news about the pandemic, we must not forget those who don't have our protection and privileges.

Social distancing: Time to find enduring ways of being together
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

The phrase of the season in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic might very well become the phrase of the year. To curb community spread and our individual well-being, we must find meaningful ways of getting socially distant

How algorithm fuels misinformation mills around coronavirus
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

People either dismiss the crisis or avoid scientific measures of control and containment as they put their trust in fake news. A public caution and literacy about how to trust information online are needed.

What to keep in mind when personalising a digital image
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

If we are okay with the idea that social media feeds curate and show us a friendscape that an algorithm decides, why is it difficult to imagine that it can also customise borders, divisions, and maps to the location of the user?

Why the digital world needs a new vocabulary to defend our rights
Thu, Feb 06, 2020

You are never alone as things happen to your information and data, without your own consent and content.

Indian flag emoji as an icon of resistance
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

In our digital conversations, it has come to stand in for national pride and celebration of our people.

The digital risks that come with recording these times of protest
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

These are all actions that make sure that the arc of history remains bent in the right direction, and that paid troll farms and hired authoritative cells do not capture the narrative.

How to stay sane and shut out toxicity in a time of polarisation
Thu, Jan 02, 2020

Trolls who engage in gaslighting end up digging personal histories, find other narratives that do not negate but deflect the main message of the persons, and also unleash viral abuse that makes the person believe that they might be wrong to even perceive an event as traumatic, let alone experience it.

Reduced to Numbers
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

Conceding our acts of being human to the facts of being digital

What Hello Kitty and the LOL Cat meme teach us about fake news
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

Fake news reduces humans to entities incapable of truth-telling

Why we fight on Twitter equally over Ayodhya verdict and who a Big Boss contestant looks like
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

The production of the mundane as the spectacular thanks to our screens is centrally responsible for the current nature of our internet interactions.

What our smart devices don’t tell us while giving us piles of information
Sun, Nov 03, 2019

The visual predominance has become the default mode of being of our mobile-triggered lives, where every banal moment is potentially viral and presents us as perceptive and quirky and insightfully thoughtful.

Facial recognition at airports promises convenience in exchange for surveillance
Sun, Oct 20, 2019

If smart technology is promising you a few hours of convenience, what is it asking you to sign away?

Digital Native: After the Storm
Sun, Oct 06, 2019

Why we need to stand by Greta Thunberg and #MeToo activists when they are under attack.

Kashmir’s digital blackout marks a period darker than the dark side of the moon
Sun, Sep 15, 2019

While we mourn the loss of connection with the moon, remembering a digital blackout closer home

The social media crisis we really need to pay attention to
Sun, Sep 01, 2019

Social media turns everything into a crisis, and a crisis into a spectacle.

Digital Native: How free is the internet?
Sun, Aug 18, 2019

It is contradictory and confusing as it amplifies as well as destabilises the order of things.

Why I’m not going to tell you about the dangers of apps like FaceApp
Sun, Jul 28, 2019

Concerns about privacy, aimed solely at users, are better directed at owners of digital infrastructure.

The worrying survival of moon landing conspiracy theorists
Mon, Jul 22, 2019

The moon landing deniers were the original fake news propagandists. Only, they didn’t have the internet.

Facebook sees its salvation with its cryptocurrency Libra
Sun, Jun 30, 2019

Facebook’s Libra is designed to take control of our digital lives.

Staying silent about cyberbullying is no longer an option
Sun, Jun 16, 2019

Cyberbullying is the dangerous new normal.