Web Censorship | Talk | 29th June, 2020, #mondayfixgoa

One of the ways in which the Government of India censors the web is by asking Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to certain websites for its users. Following from the provisions of the Information Technology (IT) Act, website blocking in India can be opaque and executive-driven. There are no guidelines on the the … Continue reading Web Censorship | Talk | 29th June, 2020, #mondayfixgoa

Surveillance in Covid Times, with Lawrence Liang, Sanjay Bhangar & Alok Hisarwala, 1st June, 7.30 pm, online

The use of mass scale as well as individuated surveillance to respond to Covid-19 pandemic has been a serious cause of concern. It has also exposed the underlying fault lines within the debate on surveillance and privacy. Unlike conventional cases of political surveillance of citizens, the deployment of surveillance for the purposes of public health … Continue reading Surveillance in Covid Times, with Lawrence Liang, Sanjay Bhangar & Alok Hisarwala, 1st June, 7.30 pm, online

Platforms, Privatised censorship and free speech in India, a talk. May 25th 2020

Online platforms, particularly social media, operate as the new ‘public squares’. They play an increasingly critical role in shaping the public sphere and redefining democratic participation, through the enforcement of privatized content censorship, filtration and other forms of content moderation practices. This talk looks at the role of platforms in mediating online speech, and how … Continue reading Platforms, Privatised censorship and free speech in India, a talk. May 25th 2020

Post Covid Environment, talk by Vimlendu Jha

India’s environment during and after Covid – A mirage or hope for future. Covid has caused unprecedented economic and social misery, pushing millions round the world to poverty and starvation, along with anxiety around health and safety. In these difficult and uncertain times, one thing that has found a fresh lease of life is our … Continue reading Post Covid Environment, talk by Vimlendu Jha

Social Media Networks and Production of Discourses, May 11th

Social media is simultaneously reviled and celebrated for its role in social movements and public discourse. It is as much an enabler as it is a hindrance to the democratic engagement of voices. With a vast possibility of outcomes, and given its impact on the nation’s destiny, social media networks have not yet been given … Continue reading Social Media Networks and Production of Discourses, May 11th

Crisis of Democracy and Development: A talk by Sudeep Chakravarti

Sudeep Chakravarti is the author of critically acclaimed books – “Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite country”, “Highway 39: Journeys through a Fractured Land” and recent “Clear Hold Build: Hard Lessons of Business and Human Rights in India”. He began his career in The Asian Wall Street Journal and held senior positions at Sunday, India Today … Continue reading Crisis of Democracy and Development: A talk by Sudeep Chakravarti