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Police surveillance: Arbitrary, unchecked and growing 1

Police surveillance: Arbitrary, unchecked and growing

Automated surveillance technology using drones to spot problematic human behavior in crowds is going to be tested at Technozion and Spring Spree festivals at NIT Warangal, reports the Verge. Lead researcher Amarjot Singh of the University of Cambridge claimed that their system has 94% accuracy at identifying violent poses. However, this accuracy drops with more people …

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Some thoughts on rising intolerance, paranoia and plain irrationality 3

Some thoughts on rising intolerance, paranoia and plain irrationality

I tend to have very strong opinions, so my contempt for the increasing “stupidification” of India is hardly a secret. This is a cause for alarm, because it is indeed contagious. Political views, gender, caste, class, religion are not barriers to this epidemic. The reason for it is the natural human tendency to reply in …

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Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi Dialogue promises free WiFi to the citizens of Delhi

AAP promise of CCTV coverage needs more thought, WiFi more conviction

I saw Arvind Kejriwal’s easy dismissal of privacy rights when Ravish Kumar raised the question of privacy with regard to Aam Aadmi Party’s promise of installing CCTVs in public places in order to “reduce crime”. Other arguments on social media include making Delhi safer for women and so on. This appears to be a rather …

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Six questions for Dr. Harshavardhan re @Cobrapost #saheb expose and BJP endorsement

Dear Dr. Harshavardhan, Congratulations on becoming the candidate for Chief Minister for Delhi. I am not very aware of your career, but am assured by several people that you were chosen because of your spotless record with regard to corruption. This, in itself is quite remarkable in India, and you should be justifiably proud. I …

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The Future of Education

The article “A new look at child abuse” details this kind of harm and I think it is worth reading to understand what exactly happens because of our schools other than marks and rote learning.  And people not “in” on the vision are getting disenfranchised. Schools are simply creating templates of people with preinstalled data. It …

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