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

The worrying survival of moon landing conspiracy theorists

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

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

Staying silent about cyberbullying is no longer an option

Cyberbullying is the dangerous new normal.

What Grumpy Cat, aka Tardar Sauce or Tard, taught us

The legacy that Grumpy Cat leaves behind.

Digital Native: Three things we need to realise about what TikTok is doing to us

Fifteen seconds is all that will take for TikTok to own you.

Digital Native: Narendra Modi’s interview by Akshay Kumar is a PR masterpiece

How to spot the influencer in your politics.

Digital Native: Getting through an election made for the social media gaze

In the poll season, social media platforms thrive on wounded outrage disguised as politics.

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.