All Things Policy: Citizen Science – A Solution to Fake Information?

The COVID-19 pandemic brought along with it increased transmission of disinformation as well. Can ‘citizen science’ offer solutions? Sunila Dixit talks to Surat Parvatam and Suryesh Namdeo about the concept of ‘citizen science’ and how it can be used effectively to develop scientific awareness. Surat Parvatam is a Senior Research Associate at Atal Incubation Centre […]

All Things Policy: China’s New Coastguard Law

 China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed a law authorizing its coastguard to open fire on foreign vessels in the contested waters around its periphery. Suyash Desai and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss what it means for regional security and stability. Link to Suyash’s Op-ed: Registration Link for the event:

All Things Policy: A New Era for Indian Internet

 Last week the government notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. The rules have some serious implications for how Internet content creators and platforms are going to function in India. Anirudh Kanisetti talks to Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth for a breakdown of what the new rules mean. […]

Hand Me the Paper #6

You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Hand Me the Paper #6 A newsletter that chomps through PDFs and brings you the hottest content from the very niche world of tech-academia. Bite-sized. I do a fair bit of reading. I read 52 books last year and am doing it again this year. Starting this year, I also plan on […]

We should not forget the equity dimension of PSU privatization

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that “the government has no business to remain in business” is the clearest articulation of the reason why India must privatize the hundreds of public-sector enterprises that its Union and state governments run. In doing so, he departs from earlier prime ministers, who preferred incremental dilution of government shareholding, or […]

MisDisMal-Information Edition 33

This is an excerpt from Edition 33 of MisDisMal-Information:  For the complete edition, go to:  Of Regulating the ‘internet’ this week, climate meme themes The worrying themes of climate memes Cameron Oglesby writes about politically charged memes, especially around climate change [Grist]: Picture this: You’re feeling Zoom-fatigued after a long, stressful day of remote work. Looking for […]

Making State Finance Commissions work

State Finance Commissions (SFC), constitutional bodies that recommend allocating resources between state and local governments, have had a chequered history in India. In yet another attempt to revive these institutions, the Fifteenth Union Finance Commission (15th UFC) recommended that the submission of SFC reports be a precondition for local governments to receive additional grants. The […]