NDTV vs Kunte. Some thoughts on law

Talk about corporate own-goals. Or worse, loss of irony. Blogger Chyetanya Kunte appears to have been coerced into making “an unconditional apology to Ms. Barkha Dutt, Managing Editor, English News, NDTV Limited and to NDTV Limited, for the defamatory statements… made Read More …

Networked societies and surveillance, lessons from US

Many politicians, policy boffins, and journalists have been saturating the airwaves and print that the state needs surveillance laws (link), there are the pliant corporates who will oblige the state with this (link), or there is the plain ol’ mob Read More …

Minority report society: Who is a "suspect" in a networked India?

Hindustan Times reports Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion of a national database of criminals and suspects. He also wants changes in laws so that these can be made possible: “We need to create a database of all the criminals Read More …

Playmobil helps us to normalise a police state

Since some Indians like to look up to the US for their inspiration and ideas (economic freedoms in particular), they might be thrilled by Playmobil’s products that will help us raise our kids to accept life in a totalitarian state. Read More …

Anonymity, public servants, media, and ethics

Raju Narisetti, former editor of Mint, had defended an anonymised polemic by an “IAS officer” about the failures of the government over the war on terror (link  here). This had broken out into a war of sorts between the government, Read More …