Technology is a tool. It can also be a weapon. During a day-long workshop organized by the School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics as part of the JustData project, activists, academics, legal scholars, and data scientists (see list of participants below) debated the impact that one particular type of technology – biometric identification – is having on civil liberties and democratic values, especially in India where the Aadhaar Act became law in 2016.
Associate Professor Sahana Udupa has given a series of talks in recent weeks commenting on various aspects of online media based on her fieldwork in India. On March 21, she spoke at the Annual Anthropology Research Seminar at the University of Bern, Switzerland. In her invited talk on "Imagining the Nation on Social Media: Facts, Play and Politics," Udupa examined the rise of online debate cultures in India.
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