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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Nishant Shah


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

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.

What Grumpy Cat, aka Tardar Sauce or Tard, taught us
Sun, Jun 02, 2019

The legacy that Grumpy Cat leaves behind.

Digital Native: Three things we need to realise about what TikTok is doing to us
Sun, May 19, 2019

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
Sun, May 05, 2019

How to spot the influencer in your politics.

Digital Native: Getting through an election made for the social media gaze
Sun, Apr 21, 2019

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