1. Drug-buying robot arrested in Switzerland, Patrick Howell, DailyDot.
2. Flipkart content ‘objectionable’ for Telangana, Anandita Singh Mankotia, TheEconomicTimes.
1. Net neutrality: Trai’s paper to give insight into what future holds for freedom of internet in India, Romit Guha, EconomicTimes.
2. A Robot Really Committed A Crime: Now What?, Ryan Calo, Forbes.
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Back in the year 2001, when the same government was in power, it tried to pass a bill called the Communication Convergence Bill, 2001. The Bill failed, due to reasons mentioned later in the post, but apparently it isn’t quite ready to die yet. The Bill has now been revived as the Communication Convergence Bill, 2014, with news reports indicating that the Telecom Minister is quite definitely going to push for it.
1. It Looks Like India’s Going to get a Web Filter, by Nikhil Pahwa, Medianama.
2. Up-vote all you want, but the Internet isn’t a democracy, by Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post.
It is my great pleasure to announce our new Guest Editor, Sahebjot Singh. Sahebjot is currently a computer science major at the Manipal Institute of Technology, and is an avid programmer and web developer, who also enjoys dabbling in physics. He has worked earlier at a few startups, including Fracktal Works, a 3D Printing startup, and WLS Global, a Web Consultancy service, and is currently working on a few separate projects of his own. He’s also a Counter Strike dilettante, and a connoisseur, if you can call it that, of mangas and animes.
Saheb will be bringing to the [email protected] the perspective of an engineering student on issues related to technology and law, both, and would also be writing a series of 101s on technological topics. His first post on Machine learning is available here.
Amlan Mohanty, an NLSIU-grad currently working at Trilegal and an all round Technology Law scholar (read: stud), has launched a new project – Techlawtopia. Techlawtopia is a non-profit website exploring the intersection of technology, law and society, and has blog posts, legal resources, and primers (which, personally, I found extremely interesting) on technology law-related topics.
The website already looks quite interesting, and I’m sure it’ll only get more so. Do check it out!
A little bit about us:
Shaastra, Asia’s largest student run festival, is the annual technical festival of IIT Madras. It is the first ISO 9001:2008 certified student-organized technical festival.
1. Why the Trolls Will Always Win, by Kathy Sierra, Wired.
2. Online Native Ads Are Held To Higher Standards Than Those On TV, by Danielle Wiley TechCrunch.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the [email protected] Blog has found mention on SpicyIP in its list of “New Online IPR/Media/Tech Resources – For Students, Teachers and Researchers“! The post specifically notes the 101s and the Commons, and also notes the wonderful Teaching and Learning Resources initiative of the Centre for Communication Governance (CCG, NLU-D), along with other resources. (In the interests of full disclosure, we would like to note that SpicyIP’s Editor-in-Chief Swaraj Paul Barooah is the External Advisor of the Blog).
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After the scrapping of the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ (SOPA) and the ‘Protect IP Act’ (PIPA) in the U.S., one could have been under the impression that the Internet would be free from unadulterated interference by the government. SOPA and PIPA basically gave the government unprecedented powers to shut down any website/blog at will. Be that as it may, few know about the presence of an equally perilous agreement called the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership’. U.S. is a key member of this partnership bolstered by corporate lobbyists and this will ultimately be pushed down on all countries around the world by means of trade deals. WikiLeaks in recent times has released some draft chapters of the TPP. In this blog post, I will try to analyze some contentious provisions of the TPP from the viewpoint of an Indian internet user.