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Indian Supreme Court finds 150-day Internet blackout in Kashmir illegal

Indian Supreme Court finds 150-day Internet blackout in Kashmir illegal

Enlarge / Indian prime minister Narendra Modi addresses the United Nations General Assembly in 2019.Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Indian region of Kashmir has had most Internet service blacked out since August. The government of Narendra Modi says the online blackout is a necessary security measure in the face of growing unrest in the region triggered by…
Facebook is reportedly planning to launch TikTok competitor in India by May

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch TikTok competitor in India by...

Facebook might launch its ambitious app Lasso to fight off TikTok in India this year. According to a report from Entrackr, the social network giant is planning to launch the short video app by mid-year. The American tech company launched Lasso in the US in 2018 and later introduced it to Mexico last year. According to…
India’s upcoming content policing rules might only apply to ‘major’ social platforms

India’s upcoming content policing rules might only apply to ‘major’ social...

India‘s upcoming intermediary rules — aimed at controlling and monitoring online content — have a lot of big and small tech firms worried about censorship of their platforms. But a new report suggests the legislation will only affect major social media networks, such as Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram. According to a report by Economic…
India confirms third attempt to land at the moon’s south pole for 2020

India confirms third attempt to land at the moon’s south pole...

This place is going to get a lot busier... NASA The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) historic mission to visit the moon's south pole ended abruptly last September, when the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft crash-landed due to a braking error. However, the unfortunate demise of the lander and rover has not deterred India from attempting another soft…
India’s internet shutdowns have cost its businesses billions of dollars

India’s internet shutdowns have cost its businesses billions of dollars

Amidst nationwide protests against new and upcoming citizenship laws in India, Firstpost reports that internet shutdowns — presently being used as a tool by the government to quell unrest in some states — are costing businesses across the country a pretty penny. According to Firstpost’s calculations, mobile carriers lose about $1 million on average every…
The makers of TikTok are testing a new swipe-to-skip streaming music app

The makers of TikTok are testing a new swipe-to-skip streaming music...

TikTok owner ByteDance has just started testing its music streaming app, Resso, in India and Indonesia. The TikTok-styled app was quietly released at the end of the last month. A report from Bloomberg suggests the app was initially launched six months ago and has garnered over 27,000 users. Now, it’s available on the Google Play Store…
India’s IT minister conflates deepfake with fake news — and that’s naive

India’s IT minister conflates deepfake with fake news — and that’s...

A lot of countries and states are forming, or thinking about forming policies around deepfake content. However, a question answered by minister RS Prasad during a parliamentary session in India on December 4, suggests the government is not thinking about devising a specific policy around modified content. The answer defines deepfake as a technology that “enables…
India Just Passed A Trans Rights Bill. Why Are Trans Activists Protesting It?

India Just Passed A Trans Rights Bill. Why Are Trans Activists...

Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community hold placards during a protest against passing of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Members of the LGBT community alleged that the bill violated their rights instead of empowering them. The bill was passed in upper house of Indian…
India reportedly wants unrestricted access to non-personal data

India reportedly wants unrestricted access to non-personal data

Credit: Wikimedia commons The Indian government is planning to gain unrestricted access to non-personal data of people in India, according to a report by Tech2. Non-personal data is anonymized data which can’t be traced back to identify a person. For example, weather sensors without a specific location or e-Commerce data without personal identification. This comes on…
India reveals Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander crashed

India reveals Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander crashed

The Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander and rover before they went to the moon. ISRO India's Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander crashed during an attempted moon landing, the nation has acknowledged. In a new report, the Indian government's Department of Space said the Vikram moon lander separated as planned on Sept. 2, but then braked too hard when it…

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