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I'm a technical writer by profession. Was involved in first Indian Wikipedia conference, space org and contribute to Wikipedia, Wikisource, OSM and blog at pradx.me

Claudia Dawson talks about how to access paywalled sites using the Pocket app. Get the url before the paywall pop up appears. Save to Pocket and read on the app.

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Coverage of Chinese cultural news.
New York based SupChina - supchina.com/ - has newsletters, podcasts, etc.

Shanghai based Sixth Tone - sixthtone.com/ - lower frequency but deeper stories.

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Hope - formation of communities who see people as individuals. sympathetic to each other.
Despair - identities re-affirm existing biases. consumer protests. making increase of cost and reduction of subsidies more difficult.

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Technology enables surveillance as well. Tech cause of both hope and despair.

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Discussion on Preference Cascades - lot of people didn't share before advent of technology because they thought no one shared their ideas. Tech showed people that many more share their ideas than before. eg. Trump, Modi etc.

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As State grows stronger - liberty of individuals would be enabled by technology.

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India has had no qualms for giving more powers to the State. Liberty argument made by Amit Varma and Pranay Kotasthane has not many takers currently.

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State providing Security - Instrumentality vs Morality debate

Privacy vs Security -

Instrumental term - takes away certain rights to provide certain securities

Morality - don't consider instrumentality. No restriction on rights for security.

We want the State to take away as little of our rights as possible. State already takes away a lot of our rights.

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India currently exploring all the options of the Government response.

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States present to safeguard rights. State has the monopoly on violence. Some coercion and violence exists for it to protect our rights. Liberty vs Security trade-off.

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Government response - violence, Governments embedded in network and better emergency communication, surveillance, penalties and legal response. - Hierarchical states responding to radically networked societies.

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Clash between radically networked society (product of information age) and hierarchical states (product of industrial age).

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Amit Varma mentions Alika Gupta as his artist. I've loved the art work on the Seen and the Unseen. Wondering if this is she - instagram.com/capefoxalix/

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