Blogging & RSS Ethics & Legal issues Freedom of Information Internet

The madness continues

As of this writing many blogs continue to remain out of bounds — typical bureaucratic overkill. One obviously is concerned about hate mongering. The disproportionate noise that fundamentalists of all hues are able to inflict on the online world is evident. There are techno-fundamentalists, of course, who think that blogosphere or cyberspace will somehow filter […]

Ethics & Legal issues Telecom

Disconnecting unverified people

Rupesh Janve & Khomba Singh report in the Business Standard today that the DoT has asked Hutch, Airtel, Reliance, Idea, Tata and MTNL in Mumbai and Delhi and BSNL in three circles to to discontinue all connections issued without proper verification. According to  the report  “it raises the prospects of millions of mobile connections being […]

Broadcast Ethics & Legal issues Freedom of Information Journalism Ownership

Dasmuni broadcasting

Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi’s diatribe against media owners is not without merit. If the proposed Broadcasting Bill facilitates a discussion on the way the media function, we need to welcome it. While the ratcheting up on the supposed attack on freedom of the press in the Bill is good, even it is unfounded. […]

Business Content Ethics & Legal issues Freedom of Information Internet Online Journalism Technology

Monitoring e-mails

A company, Email Data Source Inc‘s business it to “analyze, organize, and archive thousands of daily email marketing messages” and, of course, make money by doing that. The website claims that Email Data Source’s “catalogue currently contains over 900,000 email marketing messages on 18,000 brands, sent by 14,000 companies, through more than 6,000 mailing lists”.

Ethics & Legal issues Freedom of Information

Heading in the same direction

A headline in The Progressive reads thus: VA Nurse Investigated for “Sedition” for Criticizing Bush. Hallelujah! It surprised me to hear a journalist-friend say that he wasn’t particularly concerned about what Yahoo!, Google or AOL do with the personal information they have of their customers as long as he gets to use what’s on offer […]

Ethics & Legal issues Ownership Uncategorized

Basis of media reform

If public interest is the basis of media reform then the professional and economic independence of media practitioners is a yardstick to measure the scenario. From the multi-edition big newspapers to the small town tabloids a de-unionised workforce is the norm. The implications are manifold: contract labour, job insecurity, harassment of various kinds and so […]