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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.
File photo of a health worker explaining the working of the CoWin app to beneficiaries in Hyderabad| Photo: Noah Seelman | AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

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.
Students attend a class after schools re-opened in Nagaon district of Assam on 2 November 2020 | ANI

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.
Representational image | People use smartphones at a railway station in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

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.
A market stands closed in Srinagar in view of the curfew imposed ahead of the anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 on 5 August | Photo: ANI

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. 
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

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.
A market stands closed in Srinagar in view of the curfew imposed ahead of the anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 on 5 August | Photo: ANI

J&K govt extends 2G mobile internet service in 18 out of 20 districts till 26 November

Principal Secretary, Home Department said high-speed data services will continue in Ganderbal & Udhampur districts, while internet speed will be restricted to 2G only in other places.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal | Linkedin

Parag Agrawal of Twitter signals Brahmin clout at IIT ending. Kota is now Baniya phenomenon

Baniyas, with their financial might, have breached the sanctum sanctorum of IITs. Money is playing a bigger role than birth in a certain caste. Change is welcome.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.