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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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

Social Surfing
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

Social Surfing
“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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Taking Back Control of your Photo? Facebook’s new Face Recognition Opt-in

Taking Back Control of your Photo? Facebook’s new Face Recognition Opt-in

Social Surfing
It was announced by Facebook in December last year, last week it has been activated: the new face recognition opt-in. For a couple of years now, Facebook suggests names to tag people on our uploaded pictures, based on a comparison of our profile pictures with the faces on new uploaded photos or videos. Introducing a new opt-in to expand the facial recognition, the social media platform tries to attract users with some new features: with the new opt-in you get automatically notified when your face appears on any uploaded picture. This helps, so Facebook’s promise, to take back control over your own data and photos and to prevent strangers from the misuse of your photos and videos. Apart from the control and security aspects, Facebook also promises to integrate and…
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Threats to Online Security – Part 2

Threats to Online Security – Part 2

Online Safety
In part II of the kinds of cyber threats users need to protect themselves against, Rayyan discusses four more commonly used attacks by hackers. The only way to protect ourselves is to enable a good Antivirus and be weary of where we put in our credit card details, our passwords and other personal details. Yes, the internet is convenient, but we must be armed with the right information before making an online decision. EAVESDROPPING Eavesdropping is the act of surreptitiously listening to a private conversation, typically between hosts on a network. For instance, programs such as Carnivore and NarusInSight have been used by the CBI and NIA to eavesdrop on the systems of internet service providers. Even machines that operate as a closed system (i.e., with no contact to the…
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