Hate in the time of social media

There is something wrong with our society. It seems that we are driven more by emotions, non-issues, violence and calls for destruction than reasoning, common sense, non-violence and trust. We are choosing politicians who are dividing us; we are allowing the administration to use us as commodities. By now, you must have read the headlines…

Digital India – Where do we stand?

The rapid penetration of smartphones in India is redefining mobility to create a connected nation. Mobile phone today, in the words of economist Jeffrey Sachs, “is the single most transformative tool for development.” With increasing smartphone penetration and rapidly growing Internet users, India has moved at a phenomenal pace towards digitization. Currently, nearly 74% of…

Aircel Launches Free Basic Internet For All Which Is Actually Net Neutral, Free & Fair; Facebook: Take Notice

If we closely observe Facebook’s advertisements related with Internet.org (now Free Basics), we will observe a common theme: empowerment of rural communities via Internet. But the problem with Free Basics is that, it only allows access to few websites, which are under control of Facebook. This makes it anti-net neutral, discriminatory, and biased. Aircel has…

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. At the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum in Brazil this week, several activists were stopped from demonstrating in support of net neutrality and against Facebook’s Internet.org application, which is now known as “Free Basics”. Civil…

‘Turn digital divides into digital opportunities,’ Ban tells annual UN forum on Internet governance

10 November 2015 – To cover the “breadth and depth” of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the potential of the data revolution must be explored through the use of new and non-traditional sources of data, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed at the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which opened today in João…