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5 cases in 25 years of Internet that changed how India logs online

In 1995, telecom minister Sukh Ram made the first mobile call to Jyoti Basu. And VSNL’s internet service was terrible. But its dial-up link over poor fixed telephone lines opened up a new world for us.
Aadhaar Card

Why we made Aadhaar a number, and not a card

In ‘The Making of Aadhaar’, former UIDAI CEO Ram Sewak Sharma writes about why the counter-intuitive decision to make Aadhaar a digital ID and not a smartcard worked.
Representational image. Zoom has been lambasted for a variety of security lapses. Photo | Bloomberg

Zoom to strengthen encryption for paying customers

Zoom has seen global usage of its service surge during coronavirus shutdowns, but has come under increasing pressure over vulnerabilities in the app’s software encryption.

The price of Covid freedom may be eternal spying

In the post pandemic world, the individual’s autonomy over her data may be lost forever. Our mobiles will keep us safe — by spying on us.
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More power & data access to govt — all about personal data protection bill

Modi government’s contentious data protection bill has drawn criticism over a free reign to govt agencies. ThePrint explains its main provisions.
Supreme Court of India

‘What is happening to this country’: SC pulls up Chhattisgarh govt for tapping cop’s phone

The top court took strong exception to the Chhattisgarh govt tapping the phones of an IPS officer and his family, stating that such actions meant "no privacy is left for anybody".
Free speech

In India, it’s save-the-internet time once again

Internet freedom is threatened once again as the Modi government is high on power and the opposition dead. We must speak up before it's too late.
A furnished bedroom

Your bed was not always the private space it now is

Before the 19th century, regular families crammed into beds, and sometimes kings used beds for official work.
Inside A Sonos Inc. Store Ahead Of Earnings Figures

Sonos’ new speaker won’t record your conversations

The US-based company's new privacy-friendly speaker doesn't have an internal microphone. It's priced at $179.
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Want to track your child’s every move? It can put them more at risk & harm your bond

A 2019 study shows monitoring a child can become counterproductive to the point of pushing the child further towards rebellion.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.