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Brain-reading tech is coming. The law is not ready to protect us.

In the era of neurocapitalism, your brain needs new rights.By Sigal Samuel   Javier Zarracina/Vox “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull.” That’s from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, published in 1949. The comment is meant to highlight what… Continue Reading →

“I worked on political ads at Facebook. They profit by manipulating us.”

By: Yaël Eisenstat Published in: The Washington PostDate: November 4, 2019 I joined Facebook in June 2018 as its “head of Global Elections Integrity Ops” in the company’s business integrity organization, focused specifically on political advertising. I had spent much of my career working… Continue Reading →

Narendra Modi App Has A Fake News Problem

Samarth Bansal NaMo app, the personal mobile application of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is as vulnerable to communal propaganda and fake news as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. Originally posted on DisFact, my weekly newsletter about Indian politics, policy… Continue Reading →

India – How BJP is Using WhatsApp to Fuel Fake News Ahead of Elections

Historians may well point to India’s 2019 “WhatsApp elections” as a case study in how technology is shaking the foundations of democracyBILLY PERRIGO On Monday, in an effort to stop the spread of fake news, WhatsApp announced that users around the world… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court Admits PUCL PIL Challenging Surveillance Powers Under The Telegraph And IT Act

The Supreme Court has today issued notice in a PUCL PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Section 5(2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, read with Rule 419-A of the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951, as well as Section 69 of… Continue Reading →

India stares at water scarcity

Gopalkrishna Gandhi   Tackling drought must be the immediate priority for administrators across the country The coming elections to the Lok Sabha, crucial to the future of our democracy, our pluralism, our federalism, are only a few weeks away. But… Continue Reading →

Kauravas were test tube babies, Ravana had several airports in Lanka: Andhra University VC

He questioned how Gandhari, the mother of Kauravas, could give birth to 100 children. ADVERTISEMENT “Mahabharat says 100 eggs were fertilised and put into 100 earthen pots. Are they not test tube babies?” he said. HIGHLIGHTS He claimed the ten… Continue Reading →

Kaiga nuclear plant expansion: Expect body blow for Western Ghats biodiversity

Rich tropical forest, vibrant wildlife, water of Kali river will be in line of destruction By Shankar Sharma  The Satoddi waterfall in the Western Ghats, in Uttara Kannada district, where the Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant is also located. Credit: Getty Images… Continue Reading →

India – Someone still asking for Aadhaar? Let us know!

Contrary to the Supreme Court’s judgment, some entities are still asking for Aadhaar A nine judge bench of the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on Aadhaar on September 26, 2018 wherein the majority view, comprised of – Dipak Misra CJI.,… Continue Reading →

#RajasthanPolls: How Amit Shah’s ‘super teams’ from Gujarat are pitching in for the BJP

A look at Shah’s data-driven, micromanaging team in Bhiwadi, just one of about 100 of his teams operating across the state. By Vrinda Gopinath | There’s a hush of wonder and perplexity that descends when the political class talks about the Amit… Continue Reading →

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