Minister’s pat for Kannur district panchayat

The developmental activities of the LDF-ruled Kannur district panchayat that serve the people cutting across political lines are exemplary and can be emulated by other district panchayats, Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph has said. Inaugurating the Development Centre of the district panchayat here on Tuesday, he said the Development Centre was a means for the…

Bruce Schneier on Privacy and the Data Free-for-All

OVER THE PAST two decades, few voices have shouted louder from the rooftops about global cybersecurity and digital privacy concerns than Bruce Schneier. He’s the CTO of  Resilient Systems, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and has authored 14 books—his latest, Data and Goliath, was published in March. As Facebook and Google have infiltrated our…

Freedom of information

Article 19(A) of the present constitution of Pakistan declares freedom of speech and right to information for all citizens but conversely, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority or PTA bans online sources of information unnecessarily. YouTube has been banned in Pakistan since September 17, 2012 following the post of a blasphemous video named ‘Innocence of Muslims.’ PTA assured…

Sorry Leonardo DiCaprio, E-Cigs Are Bad for You Too

Leonardo DiCaprio, model magnet and environmental activist saving the world one e-cig at a time will regret to learn that electronic cigarettes are just asharmful as first thought. Although it won’t be as big a blow as all those times he learned he didn’t win an Oscar. The American Physiological Society just released a study…