‘Rethink’ – A Cyber Bullying app that stems the destruction

‘Rethink’ – A Cyber Bullying app that stems the destruction

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Trisha Prabhu made ‘Rethink’, an app for cyber bullying. She was nominated for the Google Science Fair as Global Finalist. After reading about a suicide committed by an eleven year old girl who was the victim of cyber bullying, Prabhu stated, “For me, stopping cyber bullying was stopping (it) at the source which was with the cyber bullying.” The ‘Rethink’ product prototype is designed to plug into social media apps and sends a “This message may be hurtful. Are you sure you want to post this?” message to the person who is about to post on social media. Right now, Prabhu’s app is gathering a lot of momentum at the global level. She has also pitched her app in the ‘Shark Tank’ which is a television show. The show features…
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Fake or Real – How Does One Distinguish?!

Fake or Real – How Does One Distinguish?!

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In today’s age and times, world news has become akin to personal news. Gone are the days when one would flip through reams of newspaper, with a cup of tea, and spend an hour devouring the happenings of the country and the world. Today, we have news from across the countries at our fingertips. In this era of instant news and a world governed by social media activity, what has become increasingly common, and quite disturbing, is the spread of fake news. It is unlikely that you haven’t fallen prey to this- we may have passed on a false forward or liked and shared an incorrect news item, or worse still, reacted strongly to a false case. While we are not alone, we do need to collectively realize the ramifications…
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First Information Report in Online Abuse

First Information Report in Online Abuse

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As is common knowledge, First Information Report (FIR) is the primary crime evidence with the police. On a blank A4 sheet of paper, the victim writes his or her name, postal address, date and time of the crime and the location where it happened. In the crime details, the victim is encouraged to write the details that include the description of the culprits. With the advent of online crime, the nature of FIR has changed and the details therein. Barring it, other procedures remain the same. The FIR for online crimes is registered at Cyber Crime Cells in the city. Although there should be multiple Cyber Crime Cells, there are instances when a state has only one Cyber Crime Cell, like the state of Karnataka. We have made a note…
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Capturing the TweeSurfing Journey!

Capturing the TweeSurfing Journey!

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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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Launched on Facebook: Suicide Prevention Features

Launched on Facebook: Suicide Prevention Features

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"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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