Author Archives: Loknath Das

Caroline Flack’s death shows how social media has democratised cruelty

 Illustration: Nate Kitch The days after the death of Caroline Flack have seen an admirably sober, reflective mood on the part of politicians and the public. Labour leadership candidates are denouncing press intrusion and calling for regulation of social media, while Downing Street wants social media firms to be more proactive in removing “unacceptable content”. Journalists are contrite over allegations that the tabloids hounded ... Read More »

Social media platforms propose an alliance to censor harmful content

With an aim to purge misinformation and fake news from circulating on social media platforms, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Bytedance have reportedly proposed an alliance called the Information Trust Alliance (ITA). The association comprising of digital platforms, publishers, fact-checkers, civil society and academia, will help guard the social media platforms in India against harmful content such as spurious news and ... Read More »

How will digital natives leverage their technology advantages?

There is a digital gap among users within the technology space split into two groups: digital natives and digital immigrants. Essentially, a digital native is an individual born in the 1980s or later who has grown up surrounded by multiple mediums of technology and experienced the evolution of technology, whereas a digital immigrant is someone born prior to 1980 who ... Read More »

Social media firms to be held liable for advertisements, commissioned content

Social media firms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok will soon be held liable for advertisements and commissioned content on their platforms. They would also be required to specifically tag such content for clear distinction between them and user-generated content. According to the new intermediary guidelines — under works and expected to be notified next month — these platforms ... Read More »

Social media makes break-ups worse

New York: Estrangement has become harder in the digital age and social media platfroms, such as Facebook and Instagram, can make break-ups much worse, say researchers. People who use features like unfriending, unfollowing or blocking still face troubling encounters with ex-partners online. For the study, published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction’, the researchers recruited people ... Read More »

This ‘social media’ app full of bots constantly complimenting you is intensely bizarre

My first post on Botnet got over 480,000 likes. A new social media-style app offers users the chance to live in a world where millions of adoring followers hang onto their every word. There’s just one catch: On Botnet it just so happens that you’re the only real person. Oh yeah, and you’d better believe you’re famous as hell. The ... Read More »

Technology helps city manage stormwater system

Wilson is using technology, some engineering and old-fashioned public education in hopes of tackling localized flooding and other stormwater issues. “In a hurricane, you will get some sort of idea how long the storm will be in our area, how much rain it will bring, but for a typical storm, we don’t know if we’ll get 3 inches in four ... Read More »

Building better workspaces with technology

There are approximately 7.6 billion people in this world and nearly half of them are connected to the Internet. The possibility of connecting with everyone, everything and everywhere is changing the way we do things. With most business and corporates offering solutions in IoT and AI, there are tremendous opportunities for further growth. Technology coupled with constantly evolving management practices, has changed ... Read More »

Idaho State University College of Technology Awarded $2.3 Million Grant

From left, Tuckoda Lish from Bancroft and Christopher Evans from Pocatello are current students in the ISU College of Technology’s diesel technology program and they will graduate in May. The Economic Development Administration awarded the grant to Idaho State because the demand for a trained workforce is critical. Idaho State is one of only two schools in the nation that ... Read More »

Social media exposes Libyan warlord’s mercenaries

ISTANBUL Foreign mercenaries fighting in Libyan renegade commander Khalifa Haftar’s ranks normally remain out of the public eye, but photos and videos they share on social media reveal their true nature. Haftar launched a military operation in April last year in a bid to capture Libya’s capital. Since then, however, he has been unable to achieve a quick and decisive ... Read More »