Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the dystopian social media carnival

By Mehak Bajpai The verdict is in. A US jury on Wednesday ruled that Johnny Depp was defamed by Amber Heard through her op-ed in the Washington Post titled “I spoke up against sexual violence, and faced our culture’s wrath.” Depp had also alleged that the op-ed made him lose significant movie roles and be ostracised in Hollywood. He claimed that his children and other … Continue reading Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the dystopian social media carnival

Social Media and Mental Health: The debate is ignoring the realities of the developing world

By Dr. Ameya Bondre With the recent marriages of Microsoft and Facebook to ‘metaverse’ (“virtual reality + digital second life”), we are now on the verge of always being online and enter the mind of a computer. With the existing toll on mental health due to our parallel digital lives, what would this lead to? A mental health catastrophe, as suggested by a coalition of global scholars to ‘Meta’ CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Science and … Continue reading Social Media and Mental Health: The debate is ignoring the realities of the developing world

Making online spaces safe for women

NCRB data shows that every 6th cybercrime in India is committed through social media. Online harassment has become a common occurrence on social media and women often find themselves on the receiving end. The time is to make online spaces safe for women and #BreakTheBias. The issue of online violence against women needs a systemic inquiry. Studies & data exist in bits & pieces giving … Continue reading Making online spaces safe for women

TA Explained: OTT and Digital Media Guidelines

We bring to you the major highlights of OTT and digital media guidelines released today by IB Ministry. As per the new guidelines, both digital media and OTT platforms will have to adhere to further disclosures & have a robust redressal mechanism. Rules are framed under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) … Continue reading TA Explained: OTT and Digital Media Guidelines

Propaganda based politics is killing the spirit of media

We live in the era of information where the influx of data is easy and effortless, just one touch away. This regular inflow and outflow of information is considered to be foundation of a healthy democracy and media plays an integral part in its coherent practice. Media manifests or realizes the interest of the common citizen of its nation. It has changed its attribute from … Continue reading Propaganda based politics is killing the spirit of media