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Maniac Killers of the Bangalore IT Department
On "techies" and their tenuous relationship with Indian society:
Technology was supposed to deliver India from poverty, but in Bangalore it’s also deepened the division between rich and poor, young and old, modern and traditional. As the city has grown richer, it’s also become unruly and unfamiliar. If the tech worker is the star of the Indian economy, then the techie is his shadow— spoiled, untrustworthy, adulterous, depressed, and sometimes just plain senseless. (“TECHIE WITH EARPHONES RUN OVER BY TRAIN.”) In one occupational boogeyman, Bangaloreans can see their future and their fears. [....]

“TECHIE’S WIFE MURDERED” read the headlines in both the Hindu and the Bangalore Mirror. “TECHIE STABS FRIEND’S WIFE TO DEATH” ran in the Deccan Herald. To read the Indian newspapers regularly is to believe the software engineer is the country’s most cursed figure. Almost every edition carries a gruesome story involving a techie accused of homicide, rape, burglary, blackmail, assault, injury, suicide, or another crime. When techies are the victims, it’s just as newsworthy. The Times of India, the country’s largest English-language paper, has carried “TECHIE DIES IN FREAK ACCIDENT” and “MAN HELD FOR PUSHING TECHIE FROM TRAIN”; in the Hindu, readers found “TEACHER CHOPS OFF FINGERS OF TECHIE HUSBAND” and “TECHIE DIED AFTER BEING FORCE-FED CYANIDE.” A long-standing journalistic adage says, “If it bleeds, it leads.” In India, if it codes, it explodes.
crime  tech  india  bangalore  pune  society  techies  work  jobs 
8 weeks ago by jm
India lifts porn ban after widespread outrage - BBC News
After a brief couple of days.
News of the ban caused a furore on Indian social media, with several senior politicians and members of civil society expressing their opposition to the move. The Indian government said that it was merely complying with the Supreme Court order and was committed to the freedom of communication on the Internet. "I reject with contempt the charge that it is a Talibani government, as being said by some of the critics. Our government supports free media, respects communication on social media and has respected freedom of communication always," Mr Prasad told PTI.
india  porn  filtering  isps  internet  web  child-porn  censorship 
august 2015 by jm
Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance | Enemies of the Internet
The mass surveillance methods employed in [the UK, USA, and India], many of them exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, are all the more intolerable because they will be used and indeed are already being used by authoritarians countries such as Iran, China, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to justify their own violations of freedom of information. How will so-called democratic countries will able to press for the protection of journalists if they adopt the very practices they are criticizing authoritarian regimes for?


This is utterly jaw-dropping -- throughout the world, real-time mass-monitoring infrastructure is silently being dropped into place. France and India are particularly pervasive
journalism  censorship  internet  france  india  privacy  data-protection  surveillance  spying  law  snowden  authoritarianism 
march 2014 by jm
Biometric authentication failing in Mysore
Biometrics was rolled out for food distribution in order to cut down on fraud, but it's now resulting in a subset of users being unable to authenticate:
The biometric authentication system installed at the PDS outlets fails to establish the identity of many genuine beneficiaries, mostly workers, as their daily grind in the agricultural fields, construction sites or as domestic help have eroded the lines on their thumb resulting in distorted impressions.
fail  risks  biometrics  authentication  mysore  security  india  fingerprinting 
september 2013 by jm
Charanjit Singh on how he invented acid house ... by mistake
An interview (of sorts)! 'Cast your mind to the acid house scene and your immediate thought probably doesn't involve an ageing Bollywood session musician. Yet the softly spoken Indian man who greets me at the door of his friend's suburban Acton home on a sunny Sunday morning is credited with creating what some have labelled the first ever acid house record.'
acid-house  music  via:xxjfg  guardian  interviews  history  india  bollywood  ragas 
may 2011 by jm
Indian Street Graphics - a set on Flickr
a great collection (via Bruce Sterling)
via:bruces  art  culture  design  flickr  india 
may 2011 by jm
The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | A lesson for colony cousin
So much win in one article. (a) the Bengali equivalent of "craic" is, roughly, "phatiphati"; (b) "In Irish pubs, amid the tiddly-doo music, this is a craic"; (c) wtf Gadaffi references; (d) shared post-colonialist glee
craic  funny  colonialism  bengali  phatiphati  tiddly-doo  libya  india  cricket  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
The 2011 Cricket World Cup: A Documentary
my mate Sush is looking to fund 'a documentary set in India during the World Cup of Cricket in 2011 about Indian cricket fans and their personal stories.' Looks great -- might blog about this a bit more...
sush  movies  kickstarter  funding  documentaries  cricket  india  from delicious
december 2010 by jm

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