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'Digital divide' persists despite the country's desire to become a digital giant

  A recent report of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) brings forth the dichotomy between digital divide and India’s transition towards a cashless economy. The rural-urban divide in access to computer and internet is quite stark, according to the report entitled 'Key Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India, July 2017 to June 2018'.   The 75th round National Sample Survey (NSS) report on education finds that...

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Mob Lynchings: What kind of WhatsApp users and groups spread fake news?

-TheWire.in A new study from LSE, funded by a grant from WhatsApp, shines a spotlight on Hindu males and disinformation against minority groups. New Delhi: New research suggests that the spread of fake news in India that sparks mob lynchings is largely done out of “reasons of prejudice and ideology”, rather than “ignorance or Digital Literacy”. “It can be seen…that assuming most misinformation spreads through rural and/or illiterate users and targeting functional digital...

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Inequality of another kind -Sumeysh Srivastava

-The Hindu Why the right to Internet access and Digital Literacy should be recognised as a right in itself Recently, in Faheema Shirin v. State of Kerala, the Kerala High Court declared the right to Internet access as a fundamental right forming a part of the right to privacy and the right to education under Article 21 of the Constitution. While this is a welcome move, it is important to recognise the...

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Incentivising rural development: How Haryana's Rainbow scheme is transforming its villages -Varinder Bhatia

-The Indian Express Based on seven social parameters, each allocated a different colour star, the villages are analysed on their performance and given star-ratings. Chandigarh: Chhattan, a small village on the outskirts of Shahzadpur Tehsil in Ambala district of Haryana, around 46 km from state capital Chandigarh, is transforming at a great pace. From a village’s own garbage disposal plant to a herbal park, a two-acre playground for children, a well-maintained...

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Online payment of bills: Four-fold surge in rural and semi-urban India -Karishma Mehrotra

-The Indian Express Launched in 2006, the IT Ministry’s WiFi-enabled Common Service Centres shops act as physical access points to avail government and business services online in almost all the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats. New Delhi: With Common Service Centres (CSC) replacing pre-mobile era PCO booths, government data show a surge in electricity bill payments and insurance premium renewals, which have emerged as some of the fastest growing non-banking services across...

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