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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...

MisDisMal-Information 46: Outrage against the machine, digital communication networks, link rot

This is an excerpt from Edition 46 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Outrage against the machine, digital communication networks, link rot – by Prateek Waghre – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition Outrage as a genre Information about Takshashila’s course on Technology and Policy Identity, News and Digital Communication Networks...

MisDisMal-Information 45: Of crisis disciplines, breaking and fixing algorithms and democracies

This is an excerpt from Edition 45 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of crisis disciplines, breaking and fixing algorithms and democracies – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition The impact of digital communication networks on collective behaviour as a ‘crisis discipline’. The idea of ruining and fixing personal algorithms. Exporting...

MisDisMal-Information 44: Of Unbundling social media, fake news, importing conspiracies

This is an excerpt from Edition 44 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Unbundling social media, fake news, importing conspiracies – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) In this edition Various proposals to ‘unbundle’ social media platform features. Fake engagement and its negative externalities … Meanwhile, in India – Twitter’s travails, Conspiracy theories,...

What the COVID-19 second wave tells us about Twitter

The Covid-19 pandemic has given us several painful images in the last two years. During the first wave, the image that stayed with us was of migrant workers walking inhuman distances in the wake of an arbitrary national lockdown. During the second wave, the enduring image has been that of...

MisDisMal-Information 43: Of the many influences of influence

This is an excerpt from Edition 43 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of the many influences of influence – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) The influence of Influence This was prompted by recent investigations on influence operations from India (DFRLabs -covered in 42) and Pakistan (Graphika Labs). I’ve divided the section into 3 parts:...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 42: Of Algo-Read’ems, (Col)Lapses in Time, Moderating Moderation

This is an excerpt from Edition 42 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Algo-Read’ems, (Col)Lapses in Time, Moderating Moderation – MisDisMal-Information (substack.com) Curate and Algo-Read’em Last weekend, I ran a little poll on Twitter to try and find out how people sorted their feeds – algorithmically or reverse-chronologically. This...

Issue Paper: Economic Implications of WhatsApp’s Lawsuit against the Government of India

Download the Issue Paper as a PDF Executive Summary India’s new Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules (IT rules, 2021) enforced a requirement on platforms that provide messaging services to trace the “first originator” of unlawful content. This presents fundamental difficulties for encrypted platforms. Challenging...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 41: Of Spaghetti on the wall, one nation one internet, fact(un)checked

This is an excerpt from Edition 41 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Spaghetti on the wall, one nation one internet, fact(un)checked – MisDisMal-Information Newsletter (substack.com) Not spaghetti on the wall In a study titled ‘Combining interventions to reduce the spread of viral misinformation’, a team comprising Joseph B. Bak-Coleman, Ian Kennedy,...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 40: Of Voice, Loyalty, Sticks, Flag-elation, Flagellation and Seeing Clearly

This is an excerpt from Edition 40 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Voice, Loyalty, Sticks, Flag-elation, Flagellation and Seeing Clearly – MisDisMal-Information Newsletter (substack.com) Voice, Loyalty and Stick The situation in Gaza is quite grim. Even with the ceasefire, there’s no way around that. One thing that has been...
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