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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...

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 (substack.com) 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...

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 (substack.com) 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seems to have mutated into an anathema of everything it originally stood for- multitudes of small, niche websites have been replaced by a few lumbering giants, competition has been throttled by...

MisDisMal-Information 50: Of Misinformation sources, corrections and religion

This is an excerpt from Edition 50 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Misinformation sources, corrections and religion – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) Correcting beliefs and the role of religion Ok, now that you’ve been through my opening rant, let’s turn our attention to a recent study...

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 (substack.com) In this edition: ‘Batter’ed by disinformation: Cybersocial attacks on corporates, disinformation-for-hire, everyone is a stakeholder in the information ecosystem,...

MisDisMal-Information 48: Of moderation: stacked and loaded, ‘all the rage’ and middle(of no)ware

This is an excerpt from Edition 48 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of moderation: stacked and loaded, ‘all the rage’ and middle(of no)ware, – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition: Moderation: Stacked and loaded – Recent events of interest from a “content moderation through the stack”...

MisDisMal-Information 47: Networked Misinformation, Between Hate and a Hard Place, En-gendering disinformation

This is an excerpt from Edition 47 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Networked Misinformation, Between Hate and a Hard Place, En-gendering disinformation – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition: Networked Misinformation and Content Cartels Between hate and a hard place En-gendering disinformation Networked Misinformation and Content...

Takshashila Working Paper – Governance of DCNs I: Categorisation of Harms

This working paper is the first in a series of papers that will explore the governance of Digital Communication Networks (DCNs).  DCNs have been defined in the paper as composite entities consisting of: Capability: Internet-based products/services that enable instantaneous low-cost or free communication across geographic, social, and cultural boundaries. This...
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