Why Cyber Is Not So Serious?

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Why Cyber Is Not So Serious?

Why Cyber Is Not So Serious?

Online Safety
Naked, a short film directed by Rakesh Kumar featuring Kalki Koechlin touches upon a very sensitive but unfortunately suppressed issue of violence against women in the online spaces. The plot perfectly encapsulates the hesitation of an entertainment journalist Ria who is forced to encash a leaked video of popular actress Sandy. The beautifully narrated response of Sandy towards the ‘leaked video’ is the USP of Naked. The society as a whole has only progressed with discussion on violence against women but hasn’t accepted all forms of atrocities as crimes. While the leaked video was part of a film which otherwise people would have seen too but because it was leaked it became scandalous. Wonder why rapists, murderers, harassers haven’t been scandalous enough for us? There have been numerous cases where…
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Capturing the TweeSurfing Journey!

Capturing the TweeSurfing Journey!

Social Surfing
The online space is steadily turning into a domain of choice for many people wanting to speak out about certain social issues, or raise their voices. One of the most preferred platforms for people to share their opinions, engage in discussions and learn about other perspectives is microblogging site Twitter. As the number of Twitter users has increased to an incredible 320 million, that has also risen are the cases of online abuse and harassment. Twitter Safety has been working constantly to ensure that reporting mechanisms are updated at regular intervals, to incorporate new kind of threats, and that these measures are user friendly. Centre for Social Research and Twitter collaborated to create #TweeSurfing in the year 2016. A Twitter Literacy program designed to spread knowledge on how to use…
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Freedom of Speech Vs Being Social Online

Freedom of Speech Vs Being Social Online

Online Safety
As we discuss the virtual space in today’s world as essential platforms for networking, socializing, career, businesses etc., it has developed and grown as a space which is also home to millions of brains coming together and having conversations openly. And since all the users have the freedom to express at the online spaces, there is an ongoing debate on who should be barred from the social media platforms so as to ensure safety of the users. Though filtering of users who are exploiting the social media spaces with illicit intentions can probably help in cleaning up the space, it is highly debatable. Banning users from social media has been at times stated as unconstitutional or as a barrier to freedom of speech. The argument is based on who to…
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Launched on Facebook: Suicide Prevention Features

Launched on Facebook: Suicide Prevention Features

Social Surfing
"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem" - Phil Donahue World Health Organization defines suicide as "the act of deliberately killing oneself". One of the leading causes of death in India, particularly among women, and youth, it is disheartening that the number of suicide cases in India, are rising by the year. Many of the suicides in India can be attributed to academic, professional and social pressures. Keeping this in mind, it is heartening to see that Facebook has released certain new features, by which those who are contemplating suicide, or those who know such a person, can reach out and connect to a wide variety of resources to using Facebook Live and Messenger, and artificial intelligence technology. Additionally, this feature allows one to connect to a helpline…
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#LetsPictureConsent : A Brand New Social Media Campaign

#LetsPictureConsent : A Brand New Social Media Campaign

Social Surfing
Today, the world shares their lives with significant people with a click of a button, by way of pictures and videos. We share every aspect of our day, whether the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the places we visit, and the people we meet. Many people, also often share their intimate pictures and videos with their partners. But what happens when these pictures are forwarded, to others? Would that count as online harassment? Last year’s movie Pink spoke to us in detail about the issue of consent, a discourse which was very much the need of the hour for Indian society, where being a woman denies one of any personal agency. Consent implies giving your agreement, your nod to an action or gesture. In the same line of…
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