Belittling a fundamental right doesn't inspire much confidence in a person who is chairing a group that will be doing massive data collection on behalf of the government. In this day & age, that kind of info shouldn't be pasted on the compartment anyway.
Replying to @paritoshZero: Translation:
1. Privacy is tosh.
2. We will publish apps and set up systems which are supposed to establish unique IDs. H…
Mobile Internet has been shut in parts of Delhi+reduced to 2G for rest,since mid-day yesterday. I'm tweeting via WiFi,which is a privilege in India with ~99% on mobile Internet.
Not commenting on farmer protests but here's thread on how I think about Internet Shutdowns:
A must read thread. As an internet driven business in india, I agree with @nixxin a 100%
1. Privacy is tosh.
2. We will publish apps and set up systems which are supposed to establish unique IDs. However, they are will be useless.
"In the process, we are also issuing unique IDs to people and we can utilise this time to create a robust digital platform".
preventive measure here.
10. Unfortunately, like many things government (including consultations on policy issues) there is no transparency and accountability regarding Internet Shutdowns, re decisions taken. Even the orders to shut down the Internet aren't made public by govt.
no issues regarding transparency. There should be either bipartisan political oversight, or judicial scrutiny.
9. If the decision is being taken keeping in mind prevention of public airing of police brutality, then of course, that is illegal, & transparency should act as a
8. While a call to arms would be illegal, I'm not sure whether pre-censorship here should be legal, unless there's a clear & present danger, based hard facts that the Internet is being used to disrupt law & order, and there's NOTHING ELSE you can do to address this,except +
shut the Internet down as a LAST RECOURSE. Is the decision to suspend our fundamental rights here a proportionate one? There should be scrutiny & transparency regarding this adjudication post-facto. If the decision to shut down Internet is legitimate, governments should have
7. In case of longer Internet Shutdowns, for ex, in Darjeeling or Kashmir, businesses have been shuttered. Digital India=virtual college applications, digital payments,digital tax filings. Everything gets effected. Such government failures have a disproportionate impact now.
6. There is no established correlation between an Internet Shutdown & the ability to maintain law & order. There is no research which indicates its effectiveness of Internet Shutdowns, only the cost of one: for biz, students, families. Often cant contact friends & family.
5. An Internet shutdown is a suspension of our fundamental right to free speech. When the medium of enabling speech such as the Internet is shut, it has a disproportionate effect of censorship. 2G barely works, so it is no different from an Internet Shutdown.
We tend to accept such acts because we're used to government failures in India.
3. India has had the highest number of Internet Shutdowns, prior to pandemic: Over 100 a year for a few years. Has had the longest shutdowns in the world - including in Darjeeling and Kashmir.
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