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A few days back, scientists changed the official definition of the kilogram, and it’s quite an amazing story. Here is a video that gets into the physics of how it’s now defined Since that video is rather sciency, here is my attempt at an #ELI5
So mankind has needed to measure stuff for a long while, particularly after the invention of agriculture, which resulted in the growth of cities & trade. The question “how many” necessitated a number system, & most neolithic civilizations had some form of numeracy
The question “how long” was also quite common. Land had to be measured, pyramids had to be built, and stone blocks had to be pretty precise in dimensions, so most civilizations had their own anthropic (human based) units of distance, like cubit, palm, span and foot.
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With the MeitY looking to overhaul the existing Intermediary Liability regime, let's look at what an intermediary is, where it comes from, and how content regulation will impact #FoS & #privacy.

Thread by @arpithadesai who volunteers at IFF to #ELI5 this complex issue! 1/11
@arpithadesai Who is an intermediary?

An intermediary is anyone who receives, stores or transmits an electronic record on behalf of someone. Includes your telecom provider, social media websites, e-commerce sites & search engines. Big, small and tiny.

[Nope, not the colony gossiper] 2/11
@arpithadesai Under the IT Act, 2000, intermediaries enjoy what is called 'safe harbour' protection where the intermediary acts a facilitator and does not play any part in creation/modification of the information.

But, why? Because they facilitate free speech of end users. 3/11
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