The partnership defies 20th-century notions of a public private partnership and offers a glimpse of the private sector tipping its hat to the sovereign function and prerogative in identifying and authenticating the beneficiaries of a digital service.
If the government wants to protect the data of individuals collected by private entities, why does it deny the same under the Aadhaar scheme?
Tadikala Akbar Saleem was released after a magistrate in Chennai called out the absurdity of his arrest.
However, a magistrate in Chennai ordered Tadikala Akbar Saleem released, saying the “random” message he received was “no evidence of anti-national activity”.
At a time when social media is a conduit of lies and rumours, youngsters in Assam are using it to prevent child marriages in the district of Darrang.
The aim was to instigate hatred and violence against Muslims in India.
If Chief Justice Khehar fails to intervene, the court will allow corporations to monetise and claim property rights over the data of India’s citizens in a way that they cannot do in markets such as the European Union.
Sunil Waghmare was first beaten up by college students and colleagues for his comment and then arrested by police for hurting religious sentiments.
The Guardian’s reportage of a supposed loophole in social messaging application WhatsApp encryption system has drawn flack from security experts.
Mexicans are increasingly using social media as a tool to discuss and protest.
Though a recent high court judgment said administrators are not to be held liable, it cannot be seen as conclusive judicial determination on the issue.
Until recently, the hardline group used communication apps to chat with members and supporters outside its main areas of control in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Nitin Sethi responds to the rural development ministry’s defence to reports that it used a WhatsApp group to tell states to stop creating MGNREGA work.
Acknowledging the threat social media poses to his government, Mugabe has activated laws that limit the free flow of information and subject private communication to state surveillance.
Delhi HC issued notice to the centre on a plea by two users, alleging that WhatsApp and Facebook’s new private policy “compromises the rights of its users”.
Sreenath Sreenivasan has just been appointed chief digital officer of New York City by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Tunku Varadarajan interviewed him – over WhatsApp – on what the job entails.
New research shows that for our ancestors, the early 20th century saw a social networking technology that was unrivalled until the digital revolution a hundred years later.
Sources believe that two recent developments will allow TRAI and the Department of Telecommunications to revisit and finish the regulatory process on licensing of over-the-top applications.
From the Indian government’s perspective, the bilateral document is a necessary step to goad the US into fast-tracking requests of “cooperation” from security agencies.
Three weeks after a minor girl in Handwara alleged there had been a molestation bid on her by an army man, she remains in custody. Under what law and for what purpose is not clear.
A new draft bill that seeks to govern how any geospatial data about India is shared has the potential to affect anyone who wishes to share information and data such as maps and surveys.
Church bells don’t toll in Churachandpur any more. The district in Manipur is in mourning for over 230 days. Nitin Sethi tells the story of nine dead, three bills & a state singed by clashes.
Bangladesh’s capital city of 20 million people is growing by close to 5% a year, in part as rural families migrate to the city seeking work or having lost their homes to worsening river erosion and storm surges.
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
The Intersection finds out about the almost rudimentary coordination setup that organises a top-end medical procedure: heart transplants.
Just as Chinese Internet users do not care about content outside the Great Firewall even after it’s unblocked, Free Basics users will likely continue to use the restricted bundle of services provided by Facebook and its partners even after they convert to paid, full Internet access.
Facebook’s lobbying for Free Basics in India. Brazil’s WhatsApp ban. China’s World Internet Conference. While the problems that face these three countries are different, they stem from a similar source.
The larger issue is that the NDA government, of late, has shown a pronounced tendency to use use a sledgehammer to kill a fly.