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BJP Troll Sena Exposed

5th January 2017

Prabir Purkayastha

 

Swati Chaturvedi's book I am a Troll, released a few days back, blows the lid off BJP's systematic trolling of its opponents. We have always known that the trolling on the internet we see on a daily basis was an organised effort of the BJP. We now learn that there is a team, directly controlled by the RSS and BJP leadership that is at the centre of this trolling. This was the team that fed the lies, the “drip of hate ...

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TRAI Bars Facebook's Data Colonialism

Prabir Purkayastha

16th February 2016

 

On Monday 8th February, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued its regulations barring differential pricing of data based on content. This has been welcomed widely as a step forward in keeping the internet free from capture by an emerging alliances of global internet monopolies and telcos. Indeed, TRAI's decision goes beyond what Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in the US had decided on net neutralit ...

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DoT's Report: Lip service to Net Neutrality, but Backing Telecom Companies

Prabir Purkayastha

1st August 2015

The Department of Telecom (DoT) Report on Net Neutrality, though better written than the shoddy consultation paper TRAI produced last March, ends up by ducking controversial questions and contradicting itself on what constitutes net neutrality. While endorsing net neutrality, on the issue of Zero Rating services, such as Airtel Zero and Facebo ...

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National Fibre Optic Network Project and the Expert Committee Report

Prabir Purkayastha

25th June, 2015

 

The new NDA Government's approach to every issue, irrespective of the problem, seems to be the same – hand it over to the private sector. Not surprisingly, the “expert” committee's review report on the ambitious National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) project -- which is to provide broadband rural telephony -- has recommended exactly that. Instead of BSNL, virtually the only telecom company providing rural telephony today, ...

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Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:17
 
Cyberwar or Cyberpeace?

Prabir Purkayastha

29th May, 2015

 

Cyber weapons are no longer the stuff of science fiction. They are all too real, and so is their threat to our interconnected world. This threat is bound to grow in the coming days with the Internet of things, when all our devices will have intelligence and be connected to the internet. If we want to stop the Internet from being weaponised, we have to start talking about what nation states should or should not do. And that mea ...

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