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Planes are grounded, factories shut & cities on lockdown, yet data keeps flowing

Broadband providers are proving to be the one industry that can cope with coronavirus-induced turmoil without massive state intervention.
People wearing protective masks embrace while standing against the city skyline at night in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong | Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Coronavirus porn is becoming famous and revealing human stupidity once again

Making porn in deserted Wuhan may not be the best way to tell the world about the dangers of COVID-19, but it's still happening.
B.K. Syngal

How VSNL launched internet services in India in 1995 when even China hadn’t

India's 'Telecom Man' Brijendra K. Syngal, under whose guidance internet was introduced, recounts in a new book the pains VSNL went through to set up the system.
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Broadband services, 2G internet partially restored in Jammu and Kashmir

J&K administration has allowed internet service providers to offer broadband facility to all institutions dealing with essential services, hospitals, banks and government offices.
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The internet should hide your data, not share it

People who go to the effort of protecting their privacy inherently seems suspicious. But imagine if we regarded privacy protection as akin to a form of vaccination.
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Internet not fully restored, but J&K Police to connect with people on social media

A J&K Police circular issued in December asks units to use social media platforms to publicise work done by them and seek people’s feedback.
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Mobile internet services restored in Ladakh’s Kargil district after 145 days

Internet services, which were suspended on 5 August after Article 370 was scrapped, were restored as no untoward incident took place in the past four months.
Signage is displayed at the TikTok Creator's Lab 2019 event hosted by Bytedance Ltd. in Tokyo. | Photographer: Shiho Fukada | Bloomberg

What happens when TikTok’s popularity soars and internet gets less American

There has been anxiety in technology circles that the world is being divided into two or more versions of the internet- broadly the American, Chinese, European and Indian.
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The web might be a monopolist’s best friend

It's possible that superstar companies dominate capitalism simply because the internet has made dominance easier.
IT Ministry Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney (in red tie) and other key guests at the event

Govt to launch national mission for digital content in Indian languages, says IT secretary

IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney says the mission will help people access digital content, especially on government websites, in their native languages.

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Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

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Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.