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Javed Anwer

Javed Anwer

Tech editor, ITGDjaved.anwer@intoday.com
Tech editor at http://www.indiatoday.in . I review stuff. and occasionally write at http://www.dailyo.in . can speak intelese. usual disclaimers apply.

By Javed Anwer

Indian ban on Twitter? Why Jack Dorsey or Twitter probably don't give a tweet

Losing access to the Indian market may not turn out to be a big deal for Twitter.

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Mark Zuckerberg did not ban Trump to save democracy, he banned him to save Facebook

For years, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook turned a blind eye to everything the ultra-right and Trumpists did on the platform. All in the name of free speech.

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Aarogya Setu is similar to Chinese tracking app. For a democracy, it is too close for comfort

While the world is balancing privacy and public health even in this difficult time, the Indian government's Aarogya Setu app is emulating Chinese government's all-controlling, all-tracking system.

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The great hoax of India

The country lives from moment to moment, without forming a memory, without contemplating the past or the future.

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When We Spoke: In memory of all the deep, meaningful conversations we have lost thanks to instant messaging

News flash: Conversation, as we know it, is dead and there is nothing we can do about it. The culprit through, is someone we all love and adore.

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Pulwama attack aftermath: Why it's a moment of reckoning for WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Google

Much has been theorised about how big tech and social media have disrupted societies across the world. The aftermath of Pulwama is this theory demonstrated in practice.

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Bandersnatch is not just fun, it may herald a dystopian future

Interactive videos may turn out to be mindless fun and good entertainment, but they may also enable a kind of dystopia that will go beyond even the ones imagined in sci-fi novels.

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I now worry about every click I make because they are watching us

The internet remembers every click we make and then uses the information to define you and me.

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Spoilt with choices? Why 'Black Mirror' episode 'Bandersnatch' is not the future of entertainment

The interactivity offered by this episode of 'Black Mirror' on Netflix is overbearing.

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2018 showed us that democracy can be hacked using Facebook. This should make us worry about 2019

The problem is that our belief in the goodness of technology blindsided us to the devil inside us humans.

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Wake up EC, it's time to see if foreigners are hacking Indian elections or not

Ahead of 2019 polls, India needs to be prepared for 'hackers' looking to meddle with its internal politics.

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Dear telcos and banks, please delete our Aadhaar data that you extorted

With immediate effect, banks and telecom companies have to stop asking people for their Aadhaar numbers or conduct e-KYC based on Aadhaar.

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Aadhaar loses its teeth after SC verdict but it will still bite you because we are Indians

The dissent by Justice DY Chandrachud in today's verdict recognises the perils of Aadhaar well.

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'Lynchistan' India is proving the great 'firewall' of China right

Brutal lynchings fuelled by rumours spread via unrestricted WhatsApp in India is making the Chinese model of tight control on internet and messaging look good.

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Why Apple is fighting the likes of Facebook and Google over privacy

Selfish as it is in its privacy push, the tech giant is looking at greater good.

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OnePlus 6 is a good phone, but here’s what should worry Apple and Samsung

A success story unlike any other.

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Google Assistant learning to talk like a real person and that should worry humans

At I/O 2018, Google demoed Duplex, a new kind of AI that will talk to people on behalf of its human masters in a very human-like manner.

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Government admitting it misled people into linking mobile number with Aadhaar is not its only lie

Let there be no confusion that Aadhaar is a surveillance technology for all practical purposes.

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Facebook is in middle of big data scandal so why is EC working with it in India?

After how people have used FB data to undermine democratic processes, Indian regulators cannot be seen working with the firm.

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Aadhaar face recognition is the worst idea UIDAI has come up with

Face scanning is more expensive, more difficult to do and arguably less secure and robust than fingerprint scanning.

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Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, why Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal should scare EC

This conversation needs to be happen now because in 2019 we will be voting in the general election.

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On Aadhaar, SC offers temporary relief, but suffering won't end

The only way to end the UID tyranny is to throw it out.

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Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology

The results are not going to be pretty.

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How I fell in love with kushari — Egypt's khichdi — in Cairo

A rather unusual choice for a national dish in a country full of eateries serving kababs, koftas and, ahem, grilled pigeons stuffed with rice.

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Great cons of Cairo: Don't ever fall for 'hello, my friend'

Behind every friendly face, behind every smile, there is a motive.

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Data democracy is a terrible idea, so why is TRAI for it?

Even in mature democracies, only the legislature is democratic. The executive and judiciary aren't.

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Why Congress has no right to criticise Aadhaar

If party leaders say they were not warned about Aadhaar, they are lying.

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Good riddance if our 'nationalists' follow Sonu Nigam and leave Twitter

They derive too much power from the networking site.

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Aadhaar-enabled phone was a joke - now jokers are making it real

I don't understand what is the more frightening part here.

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Many legitimate websites are banned in India. Here's how to unblock them

Since there is no proper procedure in the country for internet practices, the list of websites you can’t access in India has only grown.

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