Digital Media

 

SC raps govt on WhatsApp

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |14/07/2018

The Supreme Court   asked   whether the government is trying to create a surveillance state while hearing a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra on the tender for a Social Media Communication Hub. But in Kashmir, admins of Whatsapp groups have been directed to register themselves with the district administration since..

 

Making WhatsApp the scapegoat

IN OPINION |08/07/2018

There were no social media or messaging apps when the Nellie massacre occurred. Yet it happened. Media reporting is taking the easy way out,

 

Bringing hate video perpetrators to book

BY ARITRA BHATTACHARYA| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |08/06/2018

The fact that Bangla Sanskriti Mancha activists were primary informants for most stories in the media highlights the role that city-based NGOs can play in bringing such issues to light..

 

A new media command room?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |30/05/2018

The I and B ministry under the new minister may have dropped the idea of regulating online media but will now monitor it. Bloomberg reports that the ministry has posted a tender online calling for a company to provide analytical software and professionals to "power a real time New Media..

 

When a virus goes viral

BY RAJEESH KUMAR| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |28/05/2018

Social media in Kerala has been spreading falsehoods and panic over the Nipah virus

 

Fake news and religious hatred on WhatsApp in Karnataka elections

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |19/05/2018

Real news about fake news: fake audio on WhatsApp in India, and a fake pre-election poll purportedly sponsored by the BBC, showing a big victory for the BJP.

 

Now you can see those wicked ads

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |11/05/2018

Recode.net reports  that the US Congress has just published all the political Facebook ads purchased by Russian groups accused of wanting to sow discord before and after the 2016 U.S. election.These are the  ads that were purchased by the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-backed online troll farm, both before and after the..

 

Twitter updates privacy policy

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |25/04/2018

Amidst the global furore over the privacy policies of tech companies and the data they share with third-parties, Twitter has announced its updated    

 

How Facebook could reinvent itself - three ideas

BY JEFF INGLIS| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |21/04/2018

It could take responsibility for the content it publishes and start competing to provide the most accurate news instead of the most click-worthy.

 

Is Facebook's business model going against human rights?

BY SARAH JOSEPH| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |11/04/2018

Social media was initially a boon for human rights, but human rights abuses might be embedded in the business model that has evolved for social media giants in their second decade.

 

Online regulation: another hasty move?

BY A HOOT COMMENT| IN LAW AND POLICY |06/04/2018

PM Modi and Smriti Irani need to tread wisely if their legacy is not to be a hasty one which does more damage than good. The media policy legacy of an earlier BJP government was a positive one.

 

Facebook: is the party over?

BY RAJEESH KUMAR| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |22/03/2018

The Cambridge Analytica controversy should make us all think more critically about Facebook and what it does

 

The Congress’ hits and misses on Twitter

BY SIMRAN AGARWAL| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |01/03/2018

Analysing the tweets for a month revealed what works and what doesn’t, and that Rahul Gandhi does better than his party.

 

Social media raps media persons

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |30/01/2018

A senior journalist, Abhisar Sharma took to Facebook live to call out Aaj Tak anchors, Sweta Singh and Rohit Sardana and slam them for distorting news and spreading lies on the Kasganj Republic Day celebrations clash that led to one death. Now, after social media criticism over the inflammatory tweet..

 

Internet shutdowns become chronic

BY SIMRAN AGARWAL, RAHUL BHATNAGAR, SHILPI GOYAL| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |05/01/2018

There was not a single month in 2017 when an internet shutdown was not in force in some part of the country.

 

Why governments must not block social media criticism

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |17/12/2017

This is the paradox of social media as a tool for political dissent: Exercising freedom of expression is easier than ever before, but so is censorship.

 

Facebook’s community censors curb free speech

BY GEETA SESHU| IN CENSORSHIP |21/11/2017

Accounts that are satirical, expose hate speech, or are totally harmless are being blocked for ‘violating’ Facebook guidelines.

 

The latest trends in digital publishing

BY THE HOOT| IN MEDIA BUSINESS |09/10/2017

Publishers are losing direct traffic, regional language sites see an uptick, WhatsApp is India’s largest media consumption platform, and start-ups find that millennials are willing to pay for news.

 

Kashmir journos on Twitter’s block list

BY MOAZUM MOHAMMAD| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |05/09/2017

The two “objectionable” tweets included a photograph in which security forces have made a youth a human shield to prevent protests.

 

Facebook bot that engages with users

IN MEDIA TECH BRIEFS |01/09/2017

Propublica has built a  Facebook bot which is a tiny computer program that automatically converses with you over Facebook Messenger to determine you experiences with reporting hate speech on Facebook. Its says its objective is to learn more about Facebook’s secret censorship rules and what the social media determines is hate speech. (Nieman..

 

Trolling ourselves to death in the age of Trump

BY JASON HANNAN| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |22/07/2017

Our dominant media shape not just content, but the entire affective structure of public discourse,

 

Using social media to whitewash sexual assault

BY RAJEESH KUMAR| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |19/07/2017

A social media campaign backing Kerala actor Dileep shows how public opinion can be turned in favour of someone accused in a sexual assault case

 

The media dangerously misuses the word ‘trolling’

BY JENNIFER BECKETT| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |05/07/2017

“Trolling” is different from flaming or doxing, as it is from cyberstalking, cyberviolence and cyberhate,

 

The crisis in social media: where are we headed?

BY JEFF JOSEPH PAUL KADICHEENI| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |29/05/2017

Should what is not accepted on the streets be accepted online, ask the Germans as they prepare to pass a new law. Facebook’s inconsistent guidelines are damning..

 

Paying publishers to use Facebook Live

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |18/05/2017

The Columbia Journalism Review reports that over the last 12 months Facebook has been paying select media partners to  use Facebook Live, in an effort to promote this live streaming platform. It says the New York Times is among 140 media companies and celebrities whom the social media giant enticed to..

 

Facebook Live adds fuel to fire in Kashmir

BY JEFF JOSEPH PAUL KADICHEENI| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |19/04/2017

When Mark Zuckerberg said “Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket” he did not anticipate what Facebook’s new feature might trigger in a conflict situation..

 

Mobiles top device for news access: youth survey

BY THE HOOT| IN RESEARCH STUDIES |15/05/2016

And news websites are the largest source of news for youth followed closely by newspapers and newsapps.

 

What does the internet mean to low-income Indians?

BY SMARIKA KUMAR| IN RESEARCH STUDIES |26/02/2016

It’s a basic need. They all want it. But a new study shows how education, age and gender determine internet access.

 

Digital India and the political class

BY NANDITA JHA| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |07/10/2015

If the personal use of digital tools is a measure of conviction, many leading politicians today, including several cabinet ministers, would fall short.

 

Digitally challenged CMs

BY NANDITA JHA| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |03/10/2015

Half the country’s CMs have no truck with websites, blogs or Twitter.

 

A blow for free speech

IN LAW AND POLICY |25/03/2015

In an impressive judgement, the Supreme Court has protected free speech by striking down Section 66A of the IT Act.

 

 

Mourning the Bangla blogger

BY Sukla Sen| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |01/03/2015

Two men butchered Avijit Roy on a busy Dhaka street last week and severely injured his wife Rafida Ahmed. He paid for being a freethinker with his life,

 

Mangalyaan, the social media native

BY Agatha Jayan E| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |24/10/2014

Unlike space missions of the past, ISRO concentrated on the 'social image' of Mangalyaan: the personified Twitter account and the first-person updates preceded the launch.

 

Move over columnists and op-ed writers

BY ALKA GURHA| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |23/08/2014

Web videos are more powerful in sending out catchy messages and triggering debate.

 

Kashmiris side-step narrative control

BY Freny Manecksha| IN CENSORSHIP |15/02/2014

Post 2004, Kashmiris have begun creatively engaging with technology to express their own narratives despite censorship,

 

Censorship of online media â€" a timeline

IN |17/06/2013

There have been several instances of censorship of online media in India since 1999. Here’s a list :

 

Andhra FB case underscores 66A misuse

BY Madabhushi Sridhar| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |18/05/2013

Under Section 66A of the IT Act, critical comments on cyberspace are inviting penal action, even arrest.

 

The powerful world of Bangla bloggers

BY SYEDA GULSHAN FERDOUS JANA| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |17/12/2012

Over a lakh bloggers? The extraordinary world of the Bangladeshi blogging community reflects a mini nation.

 

Scrap a bad law

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |01/12/2012

As it stands, section 66(A) of the IT Act has no inherent space for a different approach. One that would allow for counselling or review.

 

The rumour mills on social media?

BY Geeta Seshu| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |14/09/2012 ?

Internet and mobile media inflamed the situation while traditional media failed to counter the damage done.

 

Proactive manipulation of web content

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |26/09/2012

Large swathes of online content are disappearing, and the losses are far more difficult to reverse than the mere blocking of a website,

 

Docomo blocks Wordpress

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |27/08/2012

Has Tata Docomo's photon broadband service blocked the popular blog Wordpress.com? The first reports about this came from a tweet and now, a complaint has been loaded by blogger Kamayani Bali Mahabal who is unable to access her blogs Kracktivism, fassmumbai, kashmirsolidaritymumbai, kabirkalamanch . All her efforts to contact the..

 

Dissecting the social media blocks

IN CENSORSHIP |23/08/2012

Could the government have been more transparent? How can websites defend themselves against a govt ban?

 

Religious intolerance behind attack on popular Maldivian blogger

IN |10/07/2012

The brutal attack on 'Hilath' was not unexpected,

 

Digital Revolution : The battle for Arab freedom

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |02/04/2012

As the Arab world continues to transform, millions of Arabs are going online to socialize, discuss, protest and spread news about social and political issues.

 

All About you?

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |30/04/2011 ?

Personal data is being perilously retained on the Web

 

Strange blocking

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |05/03/2011

A right to Information petition has been filed by a civil society group vwith the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Telecom seeking to know how and why some blogger sites have been banned in specific ISPs. All ISPs are not affected.

 

The MoJos are here

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |03/01/2011

What will be the impact of mobile phones on journalism? The wag would say Niira Radia, but seriously, it is a question worth asking as the firms who got 3G licenses in 2010 begin to roll out their services here.

 

Student rape case: media offenders

BY Madabhushi Sridhar| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/08/2010

The blog giving details of the assaulted school girl and the publicity given to the blog by the media will play into the hands of the accused.

 

A safe, secure cybertopia!

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |29/06/2010

In a first of its kind, an ‘anti-censorship virtual shelter will seek to help provide security for journalists and bloggers,

 

Election year blogger

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |22/04/2010

In an election year the Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar has turned a blogger. His blog (nitishspeaks.blogspot.com) was launched on Monday. His aides say that the CM wants to reach out to a much wider public, but skeptics say that though it might project him as  a bit net savvy,  blogging  did..

 

Indian blogger ostracized in the US media

BY Suneetha B| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/12/2009

An Indian freelance blogger is found guilty of repeated instances of plagiarism and misattribution.

 

Bloggers and anonymity

BY hoot| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/06/2009

Should anonymity be an entitlement for all bloggers? And if not, for which kinds

 

Online Campaigns: Look Who¿s on Twitter?

BY Usha m Rodrigues| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |29/05/2009

The promise of civic engagement via new technologies remains limited to the upper classes, and it will be a while before it reaches the masses.

 

Barkha versus blogger

BY hoot| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/02/2009

A blogger indulged in some abusive free speech about Barkha Dutt’s reporting of the Mumbai seige. And invited a legal notice for defamation from NDTV.

 

The unethical space

BY MAYA RANGANATHAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |24/11/2008

What began as a potential public sphere is now steadily transforming into the most unethical of all media.

 

A community in space

BY Mahima Kaul| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |27/12/2006

Bloggers in India may be turning into a self-conscious and coherent force. But the shadow of censorship still hovers.

 

Internet fuels jailing of journalists

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |07/12/2006

The Committee to Protect Journalists finds that one in three journalists jailed in 2006 is an Internet blogger, or online editor or reporter.

 

Tut tut

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |30/11/2005

With blogs around mainstream media had better be on its toes. A blogger has now pointed out the remarkably similarity in paragraphs in certain film reviews in the New York Times and those in reviews of the same films by the Hindu’s film critic. http:

 

The Times of India plagiarises again?

IN MEDIA PRACTICE |18/10/2005 ?

Yet another blogger posts evidence of plagiarism by the TOI, this time in the Bombay Times

 

David and Goliath – a virtual parable

BY sajan v| IN DIGITAL MEDIA |14/10/2005

If blogs are to be taken seriously, they should live up to the standards of accountability and reliability of the mainstream media that they so deplore.

 

Reporting Gulf War ll

BY shubha singh| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |01/04/2003

The Internet that has continued to give the most graphic and immediate picture of the war. The widespread use of video on the Internet provided its own images.

 

Gadgets and the new age journalist

IN DIGITAL MEDIA |01/01/1900

It is good to remember that despite the advances technology isn`t foolproof. It can ruin you but it can also save you.

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