Digital Rights, Privacy, OSS, Technology
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Made in India, Aged in U.S.
Dec 26, 2023 • 23 tweets • 3 min read
In October, Resecurity, a US company, informed the world about the availability of Indians’ personal data on the dark web. It would have been easy to ignore this amid the deluge of bad news filling our news feeds but for the size and sensitivity of data.
The seller of the data set was providing verifiable, sensitive information of 55 per cent of the Indian population — roughly around 815 million ( 81.5 crore) citizens.
Mar 13, 2023 • 30 tweets • 5 min read
Social media platform companies are reeling from an onslaught of regulatory efforts by all the major governments in the world.
In the United States, the Supreme Court heard arguments this term, in a case that will decide the responsibility of social media companies for the content shown and recommended to users on their platforms.
Jan 9, 2023 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Nobody told me but the hardest part of adulting is watching your parents grow old.
It's a blessing to have them but caring needs more. Lessons:
- Keep them intellectually engaged
no matter what. Engaged mind is the best medicine.
- Loneliness is real after they lose friends/peers their age even if they r surrounded by people.
- Get good insurance early on.
Jun 9, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Listening to some tech bros it wud appear as if other organizations weren't in existence or weren't doing any work before they started to pay any attention with their Midas touch. Yes it mostly happens with men. Plz stop this immaturity. Too many issues to fight #strongertogether
Women and men who work in such orgns, call this out. Don't learn this kind of existence or leadership. Collaboration makes us better. Disingenuous socially acceptable statements of belief in values and doing the exact opposite isn't lost on anyone. #StrongerTogether
May 29, 2021 • 20 tweets • 5 min read
If the version of the law as presented on TV was accurate, there won't be any fight over #ITRULES. Compelled to do this thread.
Platforms don't want to police content if they lose safe harbor.
They are happy for any content to float through their medium.
Intermediaries are entities that provide services enabling the delivery of online content to the end user. This includes internet service providers, search engines, DNS providers, social media platforms, cyber cafes.
May 26, 2021 • 21 tweets • 3 min read
Just as the govt completed the Content Monitoring System, thus gaining access in real-time to the phone calls and SMS messages of the entire Indian population, the implementation of open-source e2e encryption by #Whatsapp restored strong secrecy to the general citizenry's reach.
In the new rules lies concealed a chilling policy declaration: strong privacy is to be put beyond the reach of the common people, all of whose communications are to be seen by the governments of the future, all the time
May 26, 2021 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
Why are engineers and technologists running vaccination in #india@drharshvardhan@PMOIndia ? The #cowin portal leads to exclusion of those who don't have smart phones, aren't tech savvy, are women, have data packs. Don't you see ground realities before coming out with policies?
Also please refer us to the official document which is not an FAQ that mandates #cowin for vaccination
May 25, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
"Asking @BillGates to fix inequality is like asking an arsonist to hose down your house after he just set it on fire. Philanthropists might have the deep pockets to fund the fire engine and water hose, but the money is coming from making our houses unlivable in the first place."
This from an essay by Linsey McGoey