The curious case of the Helpless Cyber Cell in India

The curious case of the Helpless Cyber Cell in India

Social Surfing
India the land of IIT’s, the back bone of the Internet, pretty much running the social media movement across the globe (agree we do not own the platforms, but most of the engineering, and maximum use of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp is being done by Indians). So much so that our Prime Minister, whose flagship project is called Digital India, is super active on Twitter and has visited Facebook’s head quarters. I wonder, that after all this awesomeness, why is it that our Cyber Cell is totally clueless when it comes to cyber threats against women? It seems to be that rape/murder/abuse on the social media platforms is an epidemic. When the report is taken to the Cyber Crime cell, the first suggestion is to get off the Internet. Which…
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#SocialNews Arrives in India!

#SocialNews Arrives in India!

Online Safety
'Social News' is not citizen journalism, but a completely new species, born out of the Social Media phenomenon. The recent Cobrapost expose has established #SocialNews in India, in a big way. While courts put a stay order on the NEWS itself and most major media houses did not carry the NEWS, it still managed to make it to our phones and computer screens. With all its criticism, one needs to give credit where its due- Youtube, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, all came to the rescue as the fourth pillar of democracy shattered under the corporate burden of selling information rather than providing it. At this moment I would like all of you to give me, rather Mr Bachchan 3 minutes of your life!  If you see the video, you can actually call…
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Information Technology Act (I.T. Act)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Information Technology Act (I.T. Act)

Online Safety
The concept of data breach is not on priority radar of India. The low internet access, low literacy levels, rampant violation of citizen’s fundamental rights and disregard for human rights are some of the attributions that put technology related human rights on the back burner. The western countries who are dependent on technology, have devised important laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This gives India the time to align itself with the law before it comes to India and it will also help our country to avoid causing irrevocable damage to citizen safety through breach of personal digital data. GDPR is a regulation or a law that is global in nature. Its implementation (directive) will vary with each country. A variant of GDPR is expected to be…
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Smartphones and The Impact on Our Health

Smartphones and The Impact on Our Health

Social Surfing
In today's times, it is rare to see a person not glued to their smartphone. Smartphones are an integral part of our existence, and while their usefulness in terms of bridging geographical boundaries and increasing the access of information is infinite, there are many negative consequences of excessive smartphone usage, particularly for the health of individuals. Just what are these ill effects of smartphone usage? Posture - Numerous medical and scientific studies have shown posture is severely affected in those who use smartphones excessively vis a vis those who don't. Smartphone users tend to develop rounded shoulders, spinal curvatures, vertebrate disorders, and associated neck pain and headaches caused by these ailments. Eyesight - Looking at smartphones in bed, results in direct exposure to light, which can be damaging to retinas, which can…
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Twitter Works Towards Resolving Hate Speech

Twitter Works Towards Resolving Hate Speech

Current Events
In a blog published on 15th May, titled Serving Healthy Conversation, Twitter made some announcements regarding their new initiative, which that expands how they leverage behavior-based signals to inform the organization and presentation of content. In its never ending quest to deal with trolls and abuse on its platform, Twitter in its blog post, stated : "Some of these accounts and Tweets violate our policies, and, in those cases, we take action on them. Others don’t but are behaving in ways that distort the conversation. To put this in context, less than 1% of accounts make up the majority of accounts reported for abuse, but a lot of what’s reported does not violate our rules. While still a small overall number, these accounts have a disproportionately large – and negative…
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