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All Things Policy: Making Content Policy for Hate Speech

It has been a busy time for content moderation and social media. Facebook has updated its policy on holocaust denial and Delhi’s Peace and Harmony Committee recently talked about the outcomes of content moderation practices on Facebook. Manoj Kewalramani talks to Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth for analysis on developments....

All Things Policy: To Break or Not to Break: Discussing the US Congressional Report on Antitrust

The US Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law came out with a 449-page report on monopoly power in digital markets. How might recommendations from this report impact the functioning of Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook across different countries? Anupam Manur and Rohan Seth join Prateek Waghre in reading the...

Tech-Tonic: Who Scrubs Your Feeds?

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. Given how 2020 has been so far, if I were to ask you your favourite month of the year, you would rightfully hang up on me and then call me names, not in that order. However, since football was back last month,...

All Things Policy: China’s Blueprint for Data Security

China recently launched the Global Data Security Initiative, laying out eight important principles. One of these principles talks about the need to use judicial processes to provide law enforcement access to data. That spells bad news for India. Prateek Waghre talks to Manoj Kewalramani and Rohan Seth to discuss the...

China’s new data security initiative has implications for India

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Recently, the Chinese government announced the launch of a new Data Security Initiative. Outlining its components, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he hoped that China can provide a “blueprint” for the formulation of international rules for digital security. The Chinese initiative...

All Things Policy: Does Facebook Risk Antitrust Action?

Facebook reportedly aims to integrate Messenger and Instagram Direct. While this may have been in the works all along, it’s now stirring murmurs about US antitrust action. Aditya Ramanathan joins Rohan Seth and Prateek Waghre to break down recent events. Rohan’s column: https://www.deccanchronicle.com/technology/in-other-news/041020/tech-this-week-facebook-services-integration-comes-with-trade-offs.html Steven Levy’s book: https://www.amazon.in/Facebook-Inside-Story-Steven-Levy-ebook/dp/B081R296DR/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=facebook+the+inside+story&qid=1601961536&sr=8-2

All Things Policy: How Should We Disagree Online?

Interventions against problematic discourse online can result in amplifying it due a combination of group dynamics and algorithmic reward. For example, retweeting something controversial to debunk it might end up making it more popular. How can different participants – such as states, societies, platforms, and the media – position themselves...

Tech This Week | Facebook services integration comes with trade-offs

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. In case you are interested in technology policy, you might have heard rumours about Facebook trying to merge its services, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, for a few years now. The very idea of the move has proven to be...

All Things Policy: How China’s Belt and Road Initiative is Adapting to COVID

Even as the world is buffeted by a global pandemic and massive economic slowdowns, China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is quietly adapting to the new realities. In a conversation with Rohan Seth and Aditya Ramanathan, Manoj Kewalramani discusses Beijing’s strategy and the risks that still lie ahead for...

Tech This Week | The need for anti-trust reform

This article was first published in Deccan Chronicle. Views are personal. Earlier this month, the Competition Commission of India dismissed an anti-trust case against Amazon. Here is some context. The Dutch apparel company Beverly Hills Polo Club (BHPC) approached CCI, claiming that Amazon had been indulging in anti-competitive practices. They...
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