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Banning Bits of Cyberspace

The Supreme Court has paved the way for  a free and open internet, but the future lies in our hands.  It’s a magical feeling to be holding a stack of papers extolling the virtues of an ‘informed citizenry’ and a ‘marketplace of ideas’, or how ‘liberty

From Google to Modi

In an interview with Forbes India earlier this year, Rajan Anandan (Head of Google India) highlighted four internet policy issues that, in his opinion, the new government needed to urgently address. His prescriptions deserve some context and elaboration for the sake of clarity and emphasis.

Being Facebook’s Lab Rat

If Big Data analytics is the experiment, Facebook is the perfect petri dish. In early 2012, Facebook conducted an interesting experiment to measure its impact on users’ emotions. The hypothesis was simple — the stories we see in our News Feed affects our mood. Positive

India’s Apathy Towards Surveillance

Over the past few months, I have found myself fighting to reclaim what’s left of my online privacy, grimly aware of its impending death. It is no coincidence that my pessimism gained ground around the time Edward Snowden revealed to the world that virtually every

Can you Jailbreak Your Playstation?

In an order passed earlier this year, the Delhi High Court restrained certain businesses from circumventing Technology Protection Measures (TPM’s) in the Sony Playstation 3 and other video game consoles. TPM’s or DRM  (Digital Rights Management) allow manufacturers, like Sony, to control how their products are accessed and copied