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Investigative journalist, founder: Reporter At large, fellow: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), Oxford University, Alumna: Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), St Xavier's College (Kolkata), Fojo Media Institute (Linnaeus University). Winner: Kurt Schork Memorial Award, United Nations Correspondents Award, ICRC-PII Award etc. Research Scholar: AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia. Dog mom, coffee addict, bookworm. Cheers!

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Would love to hear your views about online safety, political/problematic content on social media (my research topic). If you are a dog parent, you are my best friend!

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You can ask me any #digital #security question for today’s office hour from 8pm IST. Use hashtag #securityofficehour and tag me in the question.

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Bad news: Frivolous SLAPP lawsuits chill the speech of underresourced journalists and media activists without a large legal team.

Good news: @iamjohnoliver has a large legal team.

On @LastWeekTonight, he explains how SLAPPs threaten press freedom. t.co/6ywb64Zt0D —@[email protected] twitter.com/FreedomofPress/sta

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@BhavanaVarun True, it seems like an eternal and often pointless struggle. I don't have any insights, really; was just thinking aloud. Many UC people, growing up in their UC worlds, never learn how caste really works (speaking from personal experience). All they know is reservations. I don't know how much efforts like Article 15 have helped, but maybe some sort of campaign is required. Maybe an organised, sustained initiative. Can't see behavioural and attitudinal change happening any other way.

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The first rule of mastodon club: Don't try to act popular

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Hello Academic Tooters (#AcaTooters), as promised, this is my first thread for desi academics (thought not limited to) who want to connect with each other in this new space, and create a virtual support system. Please introduce yourself under here with your name, field, area of research, geographical location (optional). Once we have the thread going, I'll create a list.
Will be also holding future threads on conference, publishing, writing, and other #AcaWoes you can think of.
Boost and tag!

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**India cracks down on social media after religious-site ruling**

"Police acted on 7,681 social media posts across Uttar Pradesh by either reporting them or asking users to delete them."

aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/ind

#news #bot

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#HindutvaHandbook

Step 1: co-opt minority elites (through coercion) who will defer to the majority consensus

Step 2: claim that Muslims are happy with the verdict, and rest are all fools.

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We are getting asked about "verified accounts" quite often recently, so lets try to clear this up: There are no verified accounts on Mastodon like there are on Twitter. Some Mastodon instances have a custom emoji that looks like the verified icon on Twitter and people put that in their display name, probably because it looks fancy. It does not mean anything though.

The Global Burden of Disease study by the U.S.-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said poor diets killed 11 million people - one in five - in 2017, more than smoking, which kills about 8 million people a year. Most vulnerable: Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

news.trust.org/item/2019110723


Why am I talking so much about the difficulties people who are not white middle class men face? It’s not just because the current situation is morally wrong. It’s because if you change who makes programmes, you change the programmes. If you change you who defines the news agenda, you change the agenda.

reutersinstitute.politics.ox.a

"Playing with history has become our favourite national pastime. Maharana Pratap lost the Battle of Haldighati to Akbar? No problem. Change it. Rani Padmini of Chittor may or may not have existed? Never mind. A poem written 200 years ago extols her virtues, so check, she's real enough to call for a ban on a film based on the poem," writes Bamzai.

dailyo.in/politics/somnath-tem

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Have you seen those ridiculous debates on TV News channels where they outrage about Delhi pollution while inhaling the toxic ass fumes the city offers?

We did too. But we decided to go on the scene and talk to these people about why they do this nonsense.

Not just that, we made a short film out of it. Watch!
youtu.be/FPjMqgj0gOM

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Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict rests on a glaring contradiction—The bench ruled that Muslims failed to show they offered namaz and were in “exclusive possession” of the mosque from 1528 to 1857. Yet the Hindu plaintiffs, who also failed to show this, get the land on “balance of probabilities”. thewire.in/law/supreme-court-a

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So three findings emerge:

1. That the 1949 installation of idols was illegal
2. That the 1992 demolition was illegal.
3. No evidence that Babri masjid was build by *demolishing* a temple.

Who is the wronged and who is the wrongdoer again?

“You have said that there was a structure under the mosque but you have not said that the structure was that of a temple. There is no evidence that after the demolition of a temple, a mosque has been built. On the basis of what archaeological insight can court decide that after 500 years?” said Ganguly, who is also a former chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

Read: tiny.cc/0yzzfz

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Alternatives to popular apps.
WhatsApp --> Signal
Gmail --> Tutanota/Protonmail
Videos --> Peertube
Search Engine --> Duckduckgo
Browser --> Mozilla
VPN -- 2 Uses( 1. Bypass = Proton VPN - 2. Privacy = Self hosted, Torrent = Mullvad etc)
Operating System --> Linux(Debian/Ubuntu, Arch, CentOS etc..)
Media Players --> MPV/VLC
Text Editor --> Notepad++
ART --> Krita

Boost/Follow for more, also let me know your favourite app.

#tootnow #foss #alternatives #tech

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