Furious at the controversial podcast hosted by Joe Rogan, music legend Neil Young asked Spotify to remove all his music from its platform. The company did just that—raising a big question: Does your favourite streaming service really give a damn about music? The short answer: no.
Is the Indian media broken beyond repair? Or is it thriving as feisty regional and independent outlets report truth to power? The answer lies not in the specifics but the larger systems. The answer is also complicated, not even remotely captured by tweet-sized debates that often occupy our attention.
California State University System has added ‘caste’ to the list of categories protected from discrimination—alongside race, gender etc. The decision has infuriated the Hindu American Foundation—and a number of faculty members who belong to it. They claim the move, in fact, discriminates against all Indians.
It's one of the hottest tech buzzwords—and is being touted as the future of the internet, especially by Mark Zuckerberg. But no one really knows what it means. And there are already reasons to worry about navigating this virtual universe. One big reason: Meta, formerly known as Facebook.
Where fates of polls elsewhere are determined by electoral tides, in India, it is all about hawa—and the direction of the wind of popular sentiment. And that’s why the mini-exodus of Other Backward Caste leaders from the BJP has been raising eyebrows—and questions about the saffron party’s future in the state. This time around, all the talk is about the other ‘C’—caste not communalism.
The Wire’s three-part investigation into a secret BJP app called Tek Fog raised great concerns about a powerful tool that hijacks social media, and targets thousands with a click of a button. But a closer look at the evidence reveals glaring holes. What we have, in fact, is a grab-bag of possibly interesting leads and great leaps of extrapolation held together by ‘confirmation bias’.
India’s antitrust body—the Competition Commission of India (CCI)—is investigating Google to determine whether it is abusing its market power to cheat Indian media companies. The issues it raises reveal what a huge impact a simple Google search has on the fortunes of a news outlet.
Novak Djokovic spent most of the past week holed up in an immigrant shelter in Melbourne—waiting for permission to enter Australia. The controversy centres over the fact that one of tennis' greatest players refuses to get vaccinated. But he claims he has the right to play in the upcoming Australian Open on January 17. A federal judge now says ‘yes, he can’, but can the Oz government afford the political price of letting him in?
Yesterday, Mumbai police arrested an engineer in Bangalore and a woman in Uttarakhand in connection with an app called ‘Bulli Bai’—which created and shared hateful content targeting Muslim women. This is not an isolated case—but part of an appalling trend that has gathered steam over the past six months. What’s surprising is that this time the police have actually taken action.
On January 1, over 12,000 Non Governmental Organisations lost their ability to receive foreign donations. These include prominent charities such as Oxfam India, educational institutions like Jamia Millia Islamia and organisations such as the Indian Medical Association and the Tuberculosis Association Of India. This is the fallout of a massive clampdown on foreign funding for non-profits—which has long been viewed as a potential national security threat.