Digital media

Twittering Away

On its 8th birthday, Twitter has announced a tool to see first tweet from their account. I was wondering why people were retweeting a 2097 day old post with a link that didn’t even exist anymore. This is not the historic old post immortalized in my first Tweet on Twitter, but it sure beats curious …

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On the inequality of censorship, Arun Jaitey, Barkha Dutt, and some thoughts

Yesterday when I wrote the article saying that Arun Jaitley sending the notice to the blogger Prashant Panday was a good thing, I came across a couple of immediate condemnations regarding how Barkha Dutt got criticized for the same. It is hardly a new thing for the distinctions between free speech and slander to be …

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It is NOT about piracy, stupid!

Keeping this short and straight. The blocks on the websites that happened recently, are not about controlling piracy, but about controlling the internet itself. If you look at the top popular sites where anyone can post content, you will see that increasingly, there are three kinds of sites. The first are those that have understandings …

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Oppose the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011

The notification of the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011 in April 2011 has resulted in the creation of a mechanism whereby intermediaries (such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, etc) receive protection from legal liability in return for trading away the freedom of expression and privacy of users. The Rules demand that intermediaries, on receiving a …

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