RT @nytimesworld: India's prime minister is proposing to give the government vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global tech giants and civil libertarians https://t.co/qMp5ADOqef
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Oh cool, so India is going to hamper their growth.
I had bright hopes for India in this century, but with shit like this they are just setting themselves up to not take advantage of their full potential and condemn themselves to the problems of the past 40 years.
This is coming in the USA too. The government is fed up with the one-sided bias of the internet companies. I'm all for it. Also, why do our so-called techies not make Indian versions of whatsapp, twitter, facebook? Why are they still depending on their coolie service to their sahib bosses? Useless guys. I admire China's response.
There's a ton of messaging services in India but most people use WhatsApp and that's why people stay on a specific platform not because that it is Indian or something. There's an Indian alternative to YouTube but can you even name it?
It's ironic that most people on this sub wants that India should set examples for others but when it comes to thing such as censorship, we starts to look at the US as if they are the standard to follow.
There has been tons of messenger apps by Indian companies. Problem is that WhatsApp was the first to the market and therefore has captured a ton of market share. Social media market is difficult to break into because people do not want to split their experience between different apps. Ask most people why they use WhatsApp and not something else, they'll tell you that their family and friends are on there. This is the problems all Indian startups faced. Also, big companies can simply throw money in marketing or even operate at a loss to gain market share. That's how Amazon did it, that's how flipkart killed it's Indian competition, that's what Jio is doing now. Startups do not have this luxury unless they are acquired or backed up a big company itself. Why do you think Flipkart sold itself to Walmart? They could not keep up with Amazon's agressive push without having a sugar daddy to fund their operations. Until the tech investment scene in India is mature, the whole "Startup India" is but a dream. Startups cannot run without good investors. And I am not just talking about money. Investors also come with expertise and knowledge of business and a finance.
The way how China developed its local industry is by isolation. But not shitty Nehruvian isolation. China banned foreign companies but at the same time heavily invested and pushed for their own alternatives to make them on par with the foreign companies. The government was serious about it, unlike here in India.
> In the era of fake news, I’m glad to see India do the right thing.
Yeah instead of educating people in critical thinking, let's just ban wrongthink!
> Of course, the pro-Pakistan NYT would find fault with it, but who cares.
Imagine how crazy you have to be to think the NYT is pro-pakistan lol.
I meant go read his articles and reports. Wikipedia only goes so far 😏 NYT loves to look down upon India to the extent of holding up Pakistan as some misunderstood naïf. And generally, Progressives in the US get their jollies from exalting suffering around the world, particularly in a country like India that can exist with or without Western liberalism.
Progressives are like the Mother Teresa of liberal politics, lol.
No i hope not. Most likely related to law and order like sex tapes of rape victims or something anti india or fake viral propaganda that causes communal clashes or mass panic. But such laws are a slippery slope though.
I've said this before, software & tech companies are enabling this sort of authoritarian transition in countries and enabling the powerful to stifle voices of dissent.
It is more than likely that the connected world wide web will fraction itself off into regional entities soon enough. With things like data analytics and AI, controlling populations is even easier. The Chinese model will succeed.
In India, a Russian style klepto-plutocracy is slowly taking over. It's only natural that they would want this transition kept hidden.
On one hand, I disapprove of this with the fear of India becoming all watching and dissent suppressing like China. On the other hand, India has a real national security need to know everything that goes on, thanks to its neighbor(s?).
On a parallel note of "foreign" technology companies, I believe we will see data sovereignty being a fundamental right/resource of nations (like natural resources) as a means to fairly redistribute internet technology generated wealth.
Elect fascists, get fascism. Indian governments are always flirting with complete authoritarianism and are always eager to randomly ban things (e.g., any mention of Gandhi in a negative light, smoking in movies and tvs). Not a surprise that the nationalistic fervor whipped up my Modi's government provides a perfect moment to push these desires further. Watch how the public lines up behind this and unwittingly censor themselves in the name of religious protections and nationalistic sentiment. Also fascinating how Mukesh Ambani is shilling for this law to convert Reliance Jio to an Indian Tencent. Amazing how fascists and monopolists are always in bed.
The US would have gone down the same route if WhatsApp or Instagram had happened to be acquired by a Chinese company (and hence under control of Chinese govt). Having your citizens data and communication under control of a foreign government is not something any government would be ok with in the long term. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the US government(and of Silicon Valley) when the next TikTok becomes the major communication tool in the US.
Fake news does need to be tackled, people in India have been lynched. Although the article tries to make the deathes seem lighter than it is, it can always happen again. It's either this or actually verifiable news with legitimate sources can only be posted.