Red Carpet Goes Online

Have you ever been part of an award night? No, Neither I. I never really got to attend those Sahara Awards that my father used to get passes for. But who knew that All That Jazz of the award gala night would become thing of past? Thanks to pandemic, even that has been checked now. The recently conducted Emmy Awards happened online. Jimmy sir did host the show, but instead of stars studded in diamonds and tuxedos, he was facing a camera, which was projecting him hosting the show across the world, from a closed room.
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The Social Dilemma 2020

The Social Dilemma is an American docudrama movie directed by Emmy Award winning director Jeff Orlowski. The movie talks about the rising impact of the social media applications on human lives. The narrative of the movie follows interviews of former employees of social media organizations like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc…

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Blurring boundaries with Social media

With all its pros and cons, social media has been proved to be successful in creating a democratic space in terms of giving platform to people from all walks of life, often blurring the boundaries of what is explored below the rural and urban divide. The prime example of this has to be how one genre of videos — cooking videos — that are operated by the (often most) ‘villagers’ of the country have propped up in just couple of years.

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Digital Citizen- Strive for Human Peace

Every human being is an ensemble of multiple pieces of unique information and data points, almost like a machine. The human civilisation has always attempted to discover itself, and the ‘machine’ like tendencies and processes that make up an individual.

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Social Divide Persists Digital Divide

Social stigma, cultural differences, linguistic diversity, traditional practices, localised community believes & practices — all of them are hallmarks of India. In the middle of deep social & traditional practices…

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The New Language of Symbols

The digital revolution, especially the rise and pervasiveness of mobiles and smart phones powered by apps, have given new meaning to communication across ethnic and linguistic diversity .

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The Impact of Covid-19 on the weavers of Musiri

About five kilometres from Tamil Nadu’s Musiri, a famous weaver cluster, is a small village in the district of Trichy called Manamedu. At its heart is a computer centre equipped with everything required to digitally enable the community’s weavers.

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Laxmi’s journey from tailor to Covid Warrior

The Covid-19 crisis is expected to have a lasting economic effect on many low-income communities across the country, especially in rural India. The lockdown led to a halt in the main source of livelihood for many families in villages, making survival tough. Most people struggled…

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कोविड-19 के लॉकडाउन के कारण दिल्ली के प्रवासी कामगारों को न तो नौकरी है और न ही सामाजिक सुरक्षा; विशेषज्ञ कानूनी संरक्षण और राजनीतिक उदासीनता को ज़िम्मेदार मानते हैं.

बिहार के आरा जिले के ललन यादव दिल्ली के वज़ीरपुर में मछली मोहल्ले में रहते हैं. ललन को कोरोना से अधिक रोज़गार की चिंता सता रही है. वह कहते हैं, “हमलोग मज़दूर आदमी कमायेंगे नहीं तो परिवार खायेगा क्या. मैं अपने घर में अकेला कमाने वाला हूँ. मार्च से काम नहीं मिला है.

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कोरोना महामारी के समय दिल्ली के पंजीकृत निर्माण मजदूरों को नहीं मिल पा रहा सरकारी योजनाओं का लाभ

दिल्ली के इंदिरा विकास कॉलोनी में रहने वाले 32 वर्षीय प्रमोद दास लॉकडाउन की बढ़ती अवधि से चिंतित हैं। प्रमोद निर्माण के क्षेत्र में दिहाड़ी-मज़दूरी करते हैं। वह कहते हैं, “पहले तो प्रदूषण के कारण काम बंद रहा। अब कोरोना वायरस के कारण काम मिलना बंद हो गया है। हम लोग दिहाड़ी-मज़दूरी करते हैं, काम नहीं मिलेगा तो कहां से खाएंगे?”

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सरकारी गोदाम में सड़ रहा अनाज: राशन कार्ड नहीं होने के कारण भूखे सोने पर मज़बूर है करोड़ों परिवार

बिहार के पश्चिमी चंपारण के पचकहर गांव की 35 वर्षीय मनीषा देवी को राशन कार्ड में संशोधन के लिए आवेदन दिए हुए इस महीने की 27 तारीख को पूरे दो वर्ष हो जायेंगे, उन्हें अपने राशन कार्ड का अब तक इंतज़ार है. मनीषा कहती हैं, “राशन कार्ड के लिए चक्कर लगा-लगा कर थक गयी, अब तक राशन कार्ड बन कर नहीं आया”.

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समाज में बढ़ती हिंसा, सोशल मीडिया और दुष्प्रचार: क़ानूनी प्रतिक्रिया और समस्या (भाग पांच)

लिंचिंग जैसी घटनाएं रुकने का नाम नहीं ले रहीं हैं. आये दिन कहीं न कहीं भीड़ किसी को भी पकड़ कर हत्या कर दे रही है. 16 अप्रैल, 2020 को भीड़ ने महाराष्ट्र के पालघर में 2 साधु समेत उनके ड्राइवर की पीट-पीट कर हत्या कर दी. शुरुआती ख़बरों के अनुसार इलाके में बच्चा चोरी की अफ़वाह गर्म थी.

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समाज में बढ़ती हिंसा, सोशल मीडिया और दुष्प्रचार: क़ानूनी प्रतिक्रिया और अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता (चौथा भाग)

“मर्ज़ कहीं और है दवा कहीं और ढूंढ रही है सरकार,” यह बात रिहाई मंच के सचिव राजीव यादव ने आईटी एक्ट, 2000 में इंटरमेडियरी के दिशा-निर्देशों में सरकार के द्वारा किये जा रहे रहे बदलाव के संदर्भ में कही. राजीव आगे कहते हैं, “लिंचिंग के लिए फेक न्यूज़ और सोशल मीडिया से कहीं अधिक ज़िम्मेदार राजनीतिक वातावरण है.

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समाज में बढ़ती हिंसा, सोशल मीडिया और फेक न्यूज़: क़ानूनी प्रतिक्रिया और प्रेस की स्वतंत्रता (तीसरा भाग)

निष्पक्ष पत्रकारिता किसी भी लोकतंत्र के फलने-फूलने के लिए महत्तपूर्ण है. हाल के दिनों में ये देखा जा रहा है कि अधिकतर पत्रकार सत्ता पक्ष का शंख बजा रहे हैं. सत्ता पक्ष को छोड़ कर विपक्ष को कटघरे में खड़ा करने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं. सरकार के खिलाफ उठने वाली हर आवाज़ को देशविरोधी बता कर उन्हें दबाने का प्रयास कर रहे हैं.

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समाज में बढ़ती हिंसा, सोशल मीडिया और दुष्प्रचार: वास्तिविकता और क़ानूनी प्रतिक्रिया (दूसरा भाग)

भीड़ के द्वारा हो रही हत्याएं थमने का नाम नहीं ले रही हैं. आए-दिन कहीं न कहीं से हत्या की ख़बरें आती रहती हैं. कहीं गाय ले जा रहे किसी व्यक्ति को कोई भीड़ घेर कर हत्या कर देती है, तो कहीं बच्चा चोर के नाम पर किसी सड़क चलते व्यक्ति की भीड़ जान ले लेती है.

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लिंचिंग, सोशल मीडिया, फेक न्यूज़: कानूनी प्रतिक्रिया (पहला भाग)

इंटरनेट ने समाज को अलग-अलग ढंग से बदला है. इंटरनेट ने नए-नए सोशल मीडिया प्लेटफॉर्म को जन्म दिया. सोशल मीडिया प्लेटफॉर्म ने समाज के सबसे निचले तबके तक को एक आवाज़ दी, एक पहचान दी. सामाजिक परिवर्तन में यह एक अहम भूमिका निभा रहा है. सोशल मीडिया से शुरू हुए मीटू आंदोलन ने पूरी दुनिया को झकझोर दिया.

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Why Millions Of Indians Cannot Claim Emergency Food Rations

It has been more than two years since Manisha Devi, 35, applied for a correction in her ration card, the document that 814 million Indians officially classified as poor must have to get cheap food from the government. When she was single, Devi shared her name on the ration card with her father.

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Chronology of rumours and misinformation during Covid-19

The article tries to understand the chronology of events that started rumors, fake news and misinformation about COVID-19 that eventually managed to spread across the communities. It highlights the conditions that provide a fertile ground for rumors and the role that social media and word of mouth play in giving them unprecedented speed and reach.

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Curbing misinformation and fake news around Covid-19

An awareness program on Corona Virus was held at Kuruvimalai, Tamil Nadu, on March 14, 2020 under the Health pillar. Twenty Seven people were in attendance and was conducted by Roselin, the resource person for this program. The reason for conducting awareness camp…

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Internet Saathis stich masks to meet the immediate demand

With new cases reported every day, corona virus has disrupted the people’s life globally. The pandemic has had a major effect on the entire social and economic structure of the society. In India, limited healthcare resources like covid-kits, medicines, masks, PPEs among others is one of the major issues.

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Understanding Gravity of Coronavirus Pandemic in India?

It is about a month that the onset of Coronavirus or Covid-19 in India has become prominent. Described a rudimentary virus like any other normal cold, fever and chest congestion; its spread can be so fast and certain that the causalities both as sufferers and deaths can reach a very high proportion.

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Hungry, Broken, Bruised, Disappointed

Digital Empowerment Foundation’s team in Nuh works closely with the community through the Community Information Resource Center to cater to the various digital needs. In the time of Covid-19, they have been producing masks which we went to collect to distribute to those in need in Delhi.

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Stemming the wave of knowledge

“Come and sit!” That was the invitation Sharafat Ali made me, when I asked him what he had been learning in the past couple of weeks. The boy, who couldn’t have been older than twelve, kindly showed me a place to sit in his friends circle, while grabbing a couple of batteries and wires in his hands.

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How to bridge the gaping digital divide in India

Almost 27 years ago the World Wide Web rolled out the red carpet for the public without discrimination. Yet, today we stand here still talking about a digital divide that continues to exist, pushing people further into marginalisation, now more than ever before.

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Banking Services at Doorstep to Maintain Social Distancing

Abhinav Pandya is a SoochnaPreneur (Information Entrepreneur) from Guna, Madhya Pradesh. He has been working on the ground to ensure the community’s safety from the corona virus by delivering money to their homes from the schemes that the government has put in place for them.

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DEF’s SoochnaPreneurs of West Champaran at Forefronts of Covid-19 Crisis

Prabhu, a 29 year old digital entrepreneur has been working in the district of West Champaran, Bihar, as a DEF representative from the past few years. As a digitally equipped SoochnaPreneur (Information Entrepreneur) he has been diligently serving the people in his village Fachkahar by providing access to digital services and ensuring government entitlements.

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COVID-19 DEF Dialogues

Covid-19 DEFDialogue is a special series initiated by Digital Empowerment Foundation where the Founder & Director Osama Manzar connects with key individuals within the DEF network in 600 locations across 25 states.

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Trolling: The beast hitchhiking on our shoulders

Social media has seen a surge of sociality in recent times. When social platforms emerged – with a noble pursuit to make communicating as an act more accessible, democratic and personal – barely had anyone anticipated their growth to be so raid and intrusive.

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डिजिटल और कैशलेस इंडिया की अलग ही दुनिया

देश की राजधानी या यू कहे की शहरो में बैठ कर डिजिटल इंडिया, केशलेश इंडिया की कल्पना करना या सपना देखना माध्यम वर्ग और निति निर्माताओ के लिए सुखद अनुभव एवं सपना हो सकता है लेकिन दरअसल दूर दराज़ ग्रामीण इलाके में अभी इन गढ़े हुए नारो का कहि अता पता आज की तारीख में देखने को नही मिलता।

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The Idea of Change

I didn’t know where Deoria was when I first heard that I had to make a trip there. I was told that it is near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. When I shared with others that I’m going to Deoria, they immediately affirmed, “Oh! Uttar Pradesh”.

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A travelogue from the Little Rann of Kutch

One has seen spellbinding visuals of the Little Rann of Kutch in the magazines and the Internet, but nothing prepares you for the experience, than actually being there. I arrived in Ahmedabad, and set off for Patdi, which is around 120 km from Ahmedabad.

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