The Dark Web : To Regulate Or Not Regulate, That Is The Question.

[Ed Note : In an interesting read, Shweta Rao of NALSAR University of Law brings us upto speed on the debate regarding regulation of the mysterious “dark web” and provides us with a possible way to proceed as far as this hidden part of the web is concerned. ]

Human Traffickers, Whistleblowers, Pedophiles, Journalists and Lonely-Hearts Chat-room participants all find a home on the Dark Web, the underbelly of the World Wide Web that is inaccessible to the ordinary netizen.  The Dark Web is a small fraction of the Deep Web, a term it is often confused with, but the distinction between the two is important.

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Muting the ‘Immutable’ – The Curious Case of Cryptcurrency Mining Pools

Editor’s Note: In a longer read, Viraj Ananth explains how the existing regime of regulations for Cryptocurrency Mining Pools is inadequate.

Viraj Ananth is a third-year student at NLSIU. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology and is the Founding Editor of The Boardroom Lawyer. He has served as an invited member of the Karnataka Government’s Consultation Team on Innovation and Regulatory Sandboxes where he co-authored the Karnataka Innovation Authority Bill, 2018.

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Net Neutrality And Economics 101 (Part II)

In Part I, I attempted to provide an overview of the ISP market structure, market players and associated economic phenomena. In Part II, we will be discussing the more specific topic of Net Neutrality and its intersection with economics.

Please note that over the course of the ensuing write-up, I have referred to two kinds of fees:

(i) Fee imposed by the ISP on the end-consumers

(ii) Fee imposed by the ISP on the content providers.

So, please pay close attention to the exact nature of the fee throughout the piece.

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YouTube and Censorship

One of the most discussed topics in the world today is how much we can trust the sources of news around us. Fake news seems to be running rampant and it is obvious that we have to evaluate how much faith to put in what we read. That being said, the situation becomes considerably worse when several viewpoints on contemporary problems are removed from the conversation entirely, which seems to be becoming a common occurrence on social media sites. YouTube in particular has been repeatedly associated with this trend. Since its ascension to one of the premium sources for news and information, with viewers gaining information as per their own convenience and hearing different opinions on issues, it has fast been accepted as a stalwart of social media. It is no secret that YouTube has had several problems with content regulation in its 13-year lifespan, the most recent of these being the removal of advertisements from videos deemed ‘unsuitable for advertisers’, thereby preventing their creators from earning money in an event that has come to be known as the ‘YouTube Adpocalpyse’. It appears that YouTube is now going one step further, with the outright removal of several videos from the platform.

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Regulation of Artificial Intelligence : The Way Ahead

The “employee” at JP Morgan called COIN,  “recruited” in June 2017, is highly efficient to say the least. It does work that earlier took 3,60,000 hours in a matter of seconds. Meanwhile, in a few developed countries ghost cars that are programmed to “drive themselves”, that is, driverless cars, are hitting the roads. On the military front, among other machines, Russia has created a semi – autonomous robot soldier called Ivan that can accurately copy the movements of a human. Attempts are being made to make Ivan fully autonomous. If Russia can create one Ivan, in time, it can also create an army of Ivans. USA also has similar “soldiers”.

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