The curious case of the Helpless Cyber Cell in India

The curious case of the Helpless Cyber Cell in India

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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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Smartphones and The Impact on Our Health

Smartphones and The Impact on Our Health

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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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Facebook’s very real dilemmas and very human Community Standards

Facebook’s very real dilemmas and very human Community Standards

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Harassment and Hate Speech are not permitted on Facebook as per its Community Standards. In case some user content is taken down because it violates the Community Standards, Facebook intimates the user of the same. If the user feels that Facebook’s decision was unfair, he or she can click on Facebook’s intimation to appeal for a re-look at their decision. Facebook works on these requests by getting an external review to see the content in conflict. If the external review decides that the user is right, then the content is put back on the site by Facebook. As per the Community Standards on Hate Speech, Facebook differentiates between Hate Speech content posted by a user and other people sharing the same hate content to create awareness about the concept of…
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Discussing Social Media for Social Change with students of Sri Aurobindo College, Delhi

Discussing Social Media for Social Change with students of Sri Aurobindo College, Delhi

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On 11th April 2018, Ms Pratishtha Arora and Ms Suhasini Mukherjee, went to Sri Aurobindo College of University of Delhi, for a #SocialSurfing workshop with about 112 students of the institution. The workshop began with an introduction and felicitation of our trainers by the team at Sri Aurobindo College. The first activity was the brainstorming quiz, where some questions were asked, to break the ice- Who is the most followed Indian on Facebook; what is the percentage of Indian population on Internet; what is the percentage of Social media users in India. Discussing #SocialMedia for #SocialChange with students of #SriAurobindoCollege, #DelhiUniversity. @GenderCrusader @su_unlettered @SociallyBlog #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/624VKIhTzI — CSR (@CSR_India) April 16, 2018 The workshop discussed the issue of the importance of communication in cyber spaces, especially on social media platforms.…
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Cyber Crimes in Recent Times

Cyber Crimes in Recent Times

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“A 23 year old boy being sentenced of five years of prison for uploading objectionable photographs of his ex girlfriend over a relationship gone sour” is one of its kind in the recent times for two reasons – firstly, because it is the first conviction of such a case in the state throwing light on the wide scope of cyber crimes, and secondly, the need for a precept into using social media, almost as good as an ancillary. To begin with, cyber crimes are not a new phenomenon, however, its scope and vastness has accelerated at a tremendous pace largely because of the access to more online spaces and the assurance of a ready audience. In this case, the crime has been executed through an act of ‘revenge porn’ and…
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