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Are Tech Platforms Doing Enough to Combat ‘Super Disinformers’?

This is an expert from an op-ed published on TheQuint. On 2 December, Twitter labeled multiple tweets – including one by the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT Cell Amit Malviya – which included an edited video clip from...

MisDisMal-Information Edition 18

This newsletter is published at techpolicy.substack.com An excerpt from Edition 18 is reproduced below. Of Freeing the Republic, Social Disasters, Polarisation and QAnfluencers Free The Republic? It turns out that the Maharashtra Police arrested 3 people, 2 of whom happened to be journalists...

Prateek Waghre quoted in The Indian Express on Public Policy at Social Media Platforms

Prateek Waghre was quoted in an article by Karishma Mehrotra published on 02 September 2020. The article dealt with processes and concerns regarding Public Policy roles at Social Media Platforms. Prateek was quoted as saying “Traditionally, public policy roles have...

All Things Policy: Should Companies Boycott Social Media?

Social media platforms, especially Facebook, have been facing an ad boycott from companies such as Unilever and Starbucks that are demanding they address concerns misinformation and hate speech online. Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth go into the fine print of...

Tackling Information Disorder, the malaise of our times

This article was originally published in Deccan Herald. The term ‘fake news’ – popularised by a certain world leader – is today used as a catch-all term for any situation in which there is a perceived or genuine falsification of...

Joining a New Social Media Platform Does Not Make Sense

Mastodon is what’s happening in India right now. Indian Twitter users are moving to the platform and have taken to using hashtags such as #CasteistTwitter and #cancelallBlueTicksinIndia. A key reason for this to transpire is that Twitter has been, to...

Conversations at Takshashila: Chinese Apps in India and Regulating Fake News

Manoj Kewalramani and Anirudh Kanisetti discuss India’s draft regulations for Chinese social media apps, as well as startup ecosystems, how to think about China’s presence in India’s app market, and some off-the-beaten-track ideas on regulating fake news. Subscribe and listen to...

Takshashila Institution Hosts Sadanand Dhume

The Takshashila Institution hosted Sadanand Dhume on 31 January 2018 for a candid conversation over tea. The conversation was centred around the recent debate about the validity of evolution and the variety of information sources that are shaping public discourse in...

Individual Liberty vs Public Security in a Radically Networked Society

By Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane Download the book chapter in PDF [214 KB] The debate of liberty versus security gains special significance in India with the emergence of Radically Networked Societies (RNSs). A Radically Networked Society is defined as...

Democracy in Echo Chambers

This article is a book review of Cass Sunstein’s book #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. Sunstein argues that the perfect filtering that platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide is a serious challenge to democratic deliberation and...
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