Wednesday, 6 July, 2022
TopicInternet access

Topic: Internet access

Digital India dream and arbitrary internet shutdowns can’t go together. Just see the loss

The right to internet access should be treated as a fundamental right. Frequent shutdowns adversely impact both Indian economy and society.

Myanmar crisis forces kids in Mizoram village to climb a mountain for ‘Indian’ internet 

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.

India to South Africa — Lack of internet access is affecting vaccine uptake

Unequal access to high-speed internet and a computer or smartphone — as well as confidence navigating the web — can affect the number getting vaccinated.

Only 39% schools in India had computers, 22% had internet access in 2019-20, govt data shows

The Unified District Information System for Education report also said that 84% schools have libraries and reading rooms, but only 69.4% of them have libraries with books.

More people in India got internet access in 2020, but fewer mobile connections: Niti report

Niti Aayog's SDG India Index 2020-2021 finds Delhi, Punjab had the most internet subscribers while Jharkhand, Bihar ranked lowest. 

Taken note of DDC polls, resumption of 4G internet services in J&K, says EU spokesperson

The EU spokesperson's comments came a day after top diplomats from the 27-member bloc returned from Jammu and Kashmir after a two-day visit.

Why cyber-risk education is the new form of literacy countries must keep up with

Increased internet use during the pandemic has increased our vulnerability to cybercrime. Yet, most lack the skills to keep themselves & their employers safe.

J&K govt extends 4G internet ban till 8 January, exempts Ganderbal, Udhampur

Adding curbs on high-speed internet has helped check attempts by terrorists trying to infiltrate from across the border, the order said.

Why diluting internet safe harbour laws threatens both child safety & user privacy

Calls for diluting safe harbour protections for internet intermediaries, though well-intended, lead to deleterious implications on the fundamental right to free speech and user privacy. 

As digital divide widens, India risks losing a generation to pandemic disruption

India has the world’s second-largest pool of internet users, about 600 million, comprising more than 12% of all users globally. Yet half its population lacks internet access.

On Camera

YourTurn

Mamata Banerjee holding a rally in Kolkata, kali

Bengal has many Kalis, but TMC can’t accommodate them anymore. UP, Haryana is in the way

Moitra, TMC leadership need to have a conversation. And send everyone else a memo: Protecting Bengali identity is not the party’s only line anymore.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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