Category Archives: transparency

Two Cultures

When C. P. Snow talked about Two Cultures, he had in mind the two supposedly different ways of life. The sciences and the humanities. Snow tries to see the differences between the two cultures and makes it a point to … Continue reading

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On Privacy…

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we’re doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance. Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it … Continue reading

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Free Press and Democracy

A free press is an essential part of a democratic system. In a society like ours, with its stark inequalities, only a media free of government and corporate pressures can ensure that the voiceless are heard. What we are seeing … Continue reading

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Gadkari Newspeak

“It’s not important how much money has been earned. It’s important how it has been put to use, whether it has been put to good use or not.” via Indian Express. Nitin Gadkari , the incumbent BJP president, is in … Continue reading

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Reading in e-book era

Reading without surveillance, publishing without after-the-fact censorship, owning books without having to account for your ongoing use of them: these are rights that are older than copyright. They predate publishing. They are fundamentals that every bookseller, every publisher, every distributor, … Continue reading

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What Wikipedia is not… then what it is?

Although anyone can be an editor, there are community processes and standards that make Wikipedia neither an anarchy, democracy, nor bureaucracy. via What Wikipedia is Not Disclaimer: Let me make some things clear, I am not against Wikipedia, or its … Continue reading

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In Denial of Fukushima

The arrogance and jingoism exhibited by the Nuclear lobby in India is well known. Even in face of disaster Fukushima, the people in DAE remain adamant that there is no option to Nuclear Energy and also that it is safe … Continue reading

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