#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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Google’s New and Improved Safety Policy

Google’s New and Improved Safety Policy

Online Safety
In a worldwide announcement made on May 12th, internet giant Google revealed that the company's privacy policy has changed. While there are no changes to the information Google collects or how it collects and uses it, there are changes in the language used to Google, so that users know in clear terms what Google is doing. In addition to this, there are now more controls available to the user to aid in the review of Google security, privacy and settings. The new privacy policy is more user friendly, incorporating videos which explain settings in a user friendly manner. William Malcolm, Director, Privacy Legal EMEA at Google said in a blogpost - “We’ve improved the navigation and organization of the policy to make it easier to find what you’re looking for;…
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5 Tweesurfing Videos You Need to Watch to Ride the Waves on Twitter

5 Tweesurfing Videos You Need to Watch to Ride the Waves on Twitter

Online Safety
Our #Tweesurfing project with Twitter India, is a one of a kind, online safety initiative, which uses video interviews of a variety of Twitter influencers, to help social media users understand the nuances of a safe and beneficial Twitter experience. For your benefit, dear reader, we have compiled a short list of 5 of our favourite videos, which outline some key tips and tricks. These will definitely help you navigate the world of Twitter! Stay tuned for more such lists, and log on to Tweesurfing for all the videos! 1. @mojorojo's Questions to Self before Tweeting Ace Comic Rohan Joshi, one of our first Tweesurfers, urges you to ask yourself certain questions before voicing your opinion on Twitter, to avoid unpleasantness and hate on social media. "You can voice your…
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Instagram Takes One Step Towards Curbing Hate Speech

Instagram Takes One Step Towards Curbing Hate Speech

Online Safety
The online world comes with an immense freedom of speech. The flipside of this freedom is undeniable. Trolls, that were earlier simply a part of children’s storybooks have now transfigured into people who sit behind their screens and misuse the freedom of the online world. So, how does one go about tackling the trolls and bullies of the online world? Is that necessary? How does one navigate the thin line that is freedom of speech on social media? Online bullying/harassment includes everything from insulting comments on people’s photos to more serious murder/rape threats. Instagram, in its latest effort to create an inclusive community on Instagram has rolled out a feature that allows you to filter out comments that are intended to bully or harass. “We’re not here to curb free…
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