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(Re)Defining Social Media as Digital Communication Networks

This article originally appeared in TheQuint with the headline ‘We Need a Better Definition for Social Media To Solve Its Problems.’ An excerpt is reproduced here. The Need For a New Term Conversations around ‘social media platforms’ also tend to fixate on specific companies, the prevalence of certain types of information...

Consent in the digital age

One of the hardest parts about working in tech policy is explaining to people what the work entails. Recently, I met a long-lost friend from high school. Like most people who you meet after a while, he ended up asking me what I was working on these days. It was one of those...

MisDisMal-Information 52: Of it’s (not just) the false information, stupid

This is an excerpt from Edition 51 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of it’s (not just) the false information, stupid – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information ( It’s (not just) the false information, stupid A few months ago, here is what Vishal Ramprasad and I wrote in the discussion section of...

The regulation of social media can be an opportunity for India

This article was originally published in The Mint China gives us an estimate of how many people you need to effectively monitor content on the internet. The Great Firewall employs over 100,000 people to prevent around a billion Chinese internet users from accessing content Beijing considers undesirable. That is one censor...

Fantasy sport, Karnataka’s online gambling ban, and what policymaking gets wrong

Over the past few years, online fantasy sport (OFS) in India have gone from being a rather shady area of niche interest to becoming ubiquitous, so much so that a fantasy sport platform, Dream 11, was the title sponsor of IPL 2020. Indeed, the IPL viewing experience has changed significantly...

MisDisMal-Information 51: Of reading between the lines in the Facebook files

This is an excerpt from Edition 51 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of reading between the lines in the Facebook files, Rus(sia)hing to decisions – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information ( Reading between the lines of the Facebook Files This is not an in-depth summary of all the possible...

US and Australian Antitrust Investigations into Google and Facebook

Today, some odd-30 years after the creation of the Internet and the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee, it seems to have mutated into an anathema of everything it originally stood for- multitudes of small, niche websites have been replaced by a few lumbering giants, competition has been throttled by...

Swooping down on algorithms

China has pursued aggressive measures on the entire gamut of its tech sector in the past few months, ranging from strong-arming IPOs to limiting gaming hours for children. A host of legislative instruments are in the process of adoption. This includes the Personal Information Protection Law, the Cybersecurity Law, and...

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations

Data and algorithms are the fundamental blocks of cyberspace, but while data practices are increasingly being regulated around the world algorithm regulation is relatively untouched. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for example, remains the groundbreaking model for data protection regulations in most parts of the world. However, there...

MisDisMal-Information 49: Of ‘Batter’ed by rage, Misinforming misinformation and fact-checking by the crowds

This is an excerpt from Edition 49 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of ‘Batter’ed by rage, Misinforming misinformation and fact-checking by the crowds – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information ( In this edition: ‘Batter’ed by disinformation: Cybersocial attacks on corporates, disinformation-for-hire, everyone is a stakeholder in the information ecosystem,...
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