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When this is over, what will the internet be? Inequities in access thrown into sharper relief by coronavirus outbreak
Lifestyle

When this is over, what will the internet be? Inequities in access thrown into sharper relief by coronavirus outbreak

India has 451 million active internet users, second only to China. A solid 66 million of these are between 5 and 11 years old. This is the kind of data point that puts a gleam in the eyes of tech bros who think that India’s education crisis can be solved with a mobile phone in the hand of every child.

The Zoom party is the bridge we need in these times of social distancing and isolation; what it's like to 'attend' one
Lifestyle

The Zoom party is the bridge we need in these times of social distancing and isolation; what it's like to 'attend' one

In varying degrees of enforced isolation, people all over the world have tuned to “Zoom parties”, promoting a slew of editorials about the app, and how it’s the only form of social interaction many users have during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Where does my data body live? Thoughts on the online trail we leave behind
long-reads

Where does my data body live? Thoughts on the online trail we leave behind

For each of our physical bodies, intimacies and experiences, we have several data bodies, too. Ranging from the websites we visit to the CCTV footage we meander into, these digital bodies are not simply extractive data points, but extensions of our very selves. They paint complex portraits of who we are — or at least, who companies believe us to be.

Prompt Twitter: The best of school slam books, the old Internet, and note-writing in ancient Kyoto
Life

Prompt Twitter: The best of school slam books, the old Internet, and note-writing in ancient Kyoto

These past few months Prompt Twitter has made an otherwise often-depressing website an enjoyable place in a way that it has never been enjoyable for me | Nisha Susan writes

Are you supporting Anonymous this Saturday?
News & Analysis

Are you supporting Anonymous this Saturday?

India's burgeoning Internet freedom movement needs the support of groups like Anonymous to scuttle the efforts of government or corporates who threaten to encroach upon web's freedom.

Kolaveri di and other viral videos of 2011
Tech

Kolaveri di and other viral videos of 2011

2011 was the year of Kolaveri, Govind Tiwari and the miniature Darth Vader. Here in no particular order are our favourite viral videos of 2011.

Is Kapil Sibal right? Is social media elitist?
Tech

Is Kapil Sibal right? Is social media elitist?

When Sibal talks elitism, he implies that the elite believe themselves to be better than Sibal or Gandhi or the government generally. People might well believe that, but it doesn't make them elite.