CNBC TV18 Article : The Rule of Mobs

This week brought the news that Carnatic Classical vocalist, and Magsaysay award winner, TM Krishna’s concert was cancelled after a motivated campaign by a driven cabal of self-proclaimed defenders of Indian tradition. They accused him of being anti national, anti-Hindu, and an urban naxal – all catch all terms used to describe people who oppose  their world views. Last week

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CNBC TV18 column: Deep Fakes just complicated the Fake News Problem

Late last year an anonymous reddit user, @deepfakes, did something that got him banned from the platform that prides itself on free speech. He (or she) released a set of porn videos with the faces of celebrities superimposed on the face of the porn stars. In addition to this they also released a small desktop application – Fake App –

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Book Review : The Internet Trap – How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy

The Internet Trap – How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy is a deep dive in to the digital universe, and looks at the power exerted by trans national monopolies such as Facebook, Amazon and Google, in developing large pools of big data made up of consumer information, and the use of this data to influence our actions. 

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CNBC TV18 Column : #MeToo from an Uprising to a Revolution

I write on what next for #Metoo – for CNBC-TV18 It has been almost 3 weeks since the #MeToo uprising took off in India. And, the impact has been staggering. A minister in the Union cabinet has resigned. Production houses have lost their shows. Film Directors have lost projects. Journalists and editors have been quietly bid adieu. Heads of agencies

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Book Review : India Connected

Ravi Aggarwal’s book, India connected is a breezy walk down the street of rapid smartphone penetration in India, and a look at it’s impact on social progress, economic development, individual habits, and government.  There approximately 330 million smartphones in India, it is also the fastest growing refurbished smartphone market. People across the country are adopting smartphones as the cost of

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