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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

Digital Native: Web of Wander
Sun, May 20, 2018

The idea of travel as a way of expanding our horizon has now been made redundant.

Digital Native: The e-wasteland of our times
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

How digitising isn’t necessarily a fast-track to a sustainable future.

Digital Native: Delete Facebook?
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

Digital Native: A new road to justice
Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Making the List takes courage and strength. It involves the formation of a new collective of care.

Digital native: Our lonely connected lives
Sun, Mar 11, 2018

Even as the UK last month announced the appointment of Minister of Loneliness, which sounds more like the title of the next Arundhati Roy novel, it is worth examining why we are so alone in the age of hyperconnectivity.

Digital Native: AI Manifesto
Sun, Feb 25, 2018

Our intention and government action will determine our relationship with AI

Digital native: The rules of the game
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

Aadhaar, a flawed system which didn’t care about citizens, won’t care about the state either.

Digital Native: Stop me if you can
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

What’s common between Donald Trump and Barbra Streisand? The internet has the answer.

Digital native: The age of consent
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Just like porn is not real life, all news is not real news. It’s time, therefore, to come of age in the 18th year of this century.

Digital native: Memory card is full
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

We train ourselves to forget as our devices store everything. How do we remember things that matter?

Digital native: Let there be life
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

The first robot citizen of the world is from Saudi Arabia, and she has the dubious fame of having more rights than human counterparts in the country.

Digital native: Rebellion by Google Doc
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

The List is an example of the power of digital anonymity and solidarity. But we need to move beyond it.

Digital Native: Finger on the buzzer
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Which Hogwarts House are you? No, you don’t really want to know.

Digital Native: There is no spoon, There is no privacy
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

It should be common knowledge by now, in our lived experiences of big data, that digital privacy is a battle ground.

Digital native: What’s in a name? Privilege
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Anonymity-based internet apps like Sarahah may not be as vicious for those surrounded by the comfort of social status. If your experience of Sarahah has been positive, it might be good to reflect on your own cultural and social capital.

Digital native: You are not alone
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Away from the guidance of adults, the internet can be a lonely place for youngsters, pushing them towards self-harm.

Digital native: Freedom: Error 404
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Digital freedom remains a goalpost that we must keep moving towards. However, digital freedom, when posited as an adversary to personal freedom, should always lose. Our governments, policymakers and technosocial leaders owe it to us to create a digital India that puts people’s freedom first.

Digital native: Ever on the go
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

It is time to insist that the infrastructure of digital India is accompanied by the infrastructure of care for the digital Indian.When the telephone was first introduced as a mass communication tool, one of the biggest fears was that it would allow people to lie and cheat at will.

Digital native: Not only words
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Emoticons, or if you prefer the original Japanese word emojis, are everywhere. We are used to emoticons in all shapes and sizes — from animated gifs jumping out at us on our social media feed to yellow-faced smileys that we use to add tone and feeling, nuance and layers to our text-heavy conversations in the digital world.

Digital native: On mute, the voice of the people
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

We are at the mercy of trigger-happy governments and profit-hungry corporations that hold our digital lives ransom. They have the capacity to censor, contain, control and eradicate all our digital data without our consent and without repercussions.

Digital native: In digiville attention is currency
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The increased importance on attention and the lack of it on social media gives all the more reason why we need to be discerning about what we invest our attention upon.

Digital native: Look before you (digitally) leap
Sun, May 28, 2017

Creating a digital future is great, but there’s a serious need to secure the infrastructure first.

Digital native: Free speech? You must be joking!
Sun, May 14, 2017

India’s digital landscape is dotted with vigilante voices that drown out people’s right to free speech.

Digital native: Snap out of outrage mode
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Rage at the inequality of the digital world is good. But why stop at the Snapchat CEO?

Digital native: Are You Still Having Fun?
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Before you accept a fun app into your digital ecosystem, prepare yourself for the data you will be giving away.