Editorials

People State

People, not the state, must own their data

The draft national e-commerce policy argues that the personal data of Indians should be treated as a “national asset”. It pushes for government access to the source code and algorithms used by foreign companies. Additionally, the data protection Bill includes a mandate to force all public and private entities that process Indians’ data — including …

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DEEPFAKE TECHNOLOGIES

Be very afraid of the dangers of ‘deepfake’ technologies

The Lok Sabha elections are upon us and we will soon be inundated on our social media apps by Photoshopped images of politicians showing them doing something silly or despicable. None of us will be spared. We have enough gullible friends and uncles who will forward them to us. Some of these images will go …

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GLOBAL WARMING

A strategic approach that could curb global warming

The effects of global warming are already visible. Average temperatures are only 0.8 degree Celsius higher today than in 1880. Yet there is already an increasing frequency of extreme weather events, rising ocean temperatures and disappearing corals, melting glaciers and shrinking polar ice caps, and rising sea levels. Public action has nevertheless been too feeble …

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Official Secrets Act

To serve the governed : on Official Secrets Act

The constitutional freedom to use and publicise information is directly affected by the provisions of the Official Secrets Act, 1923, which as with most of British India enactments followed the Official Secrets Act, 1920, passed by the British Parliament. Background – It was strict enough then but after Independence in ‘free India’ we amended it …

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Directly Elected Mayors | Livemint

Last week, the Maharashtra cabinet approved a proposal for direct election of the village sarpanch, the head of the gram panchayat. Earlier, the sarpanchwas elected indirectly, by elected representatives. Background The centralization of governance in postcolonial India is also at variance with the long history of local self-governments coexisting with ancient kingdoms. Currently, the head …

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