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Nikhil Pahwa

Founder @medianama | @tedfellow @Asia21Leaders | cofounder savetheinternet ex @internetfreedom / Mere yaar patang udaya kar. Kat jaye toh gham na khaya kar

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Joined on 30 May, 2007

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Replying to @nixxin: 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…

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Quoted @nixxin

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…

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Replying to @Nakul425: A must read thread. As an internet driven business in india, I agree with @nixxin a 100%

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Replying to @JubbaOnJeans: Slowing down internet to a craw in the *nation's capital* is an admission of defeat from the government. Clear indication…

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Quoted @nixxin

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%

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Slowing down internet to a craw in the *nation's capital* is an admission of defeat from the government. Clear indication that they are unable to govern.
Here's @nixxin on how to think about shutdowns

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Replying to @webfoundation: 🎧 What we're listening: @risj_oxford’s “Should platforms have the power to ban leaders like Donald Trump?” https://t.co/…

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🎧 What we're listening: @risj_oxford’s “Should platforms have the power to ban leaders like Donald Trump?”

@rasmus_kleis @nixxin #TheWebThisWeek

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Replying to @logic: @nixxin Tells how much @rssharma3 is disconnected from reality. Railways stopped this practice years back

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@nixxin Tells how much @rssharma3 is disconnected from reality. Railways stopped this practice years back

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Translation:
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".

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Replying to @vishalchandra: @nixxin Not having to care about privacy is a privilege

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@nixxin Not having to care about privacy is a privilege

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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.

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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
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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 +

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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
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8. Most importantly, you shut down avenues of communication such as the Internet under two circumstances: either you want to stop info being shared privately (such as a call to arms), or you want info from being made public (such as police brutality).
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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.
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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.
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These are all significant government failures.
4. AFAIK, this is the 2nd time the Internet has been shut down in the capital of the India, and it is the 2nd time within a year that it has happened. Last time was during the CAA-NRC protests.
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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.

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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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My @TEDx talk on "How to build the Internet of Trust " is now live.

Thanks for the opportunity @TEDxMICA .

Cc @TEDFellow

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