With the world’s largest General Election now fully underway, more and more people are expressing concern of a national impasse in India: a crossroads in terms of social, economic, and perhaps even constitutional identity. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, questions around India’s economic potential have become inextricably linked to issues around the pattern of its politics – in particular, debates centred on authoritarianism. Autocracy tends to be associated with a deficient rule of law and socio-political abuse, often with militarian tendencies. It goes without saying that this should be vehemently opposed. But could India’s economy do with a little more “authoritarian” direction? Or rather, is the Indian economy in need of a little more central planning? Like China and the former Soviet Union, India used to have five-year plans, between 1951 and 1997. During this period, it sustained real growth rates of four per cent a … [Read more...] about India’s economic reform needs a little more authoritarianism
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Governments on at least four continents are stepping up their calls to regulate Facebook, YouTube and other social media companies after years of frustration with how tech companies have managed violent content on their services. With a wave of new and proposed laws in recent weeks, the governments — not including the United States — are making a sweeping challenge to the free-wheeling speech rules of the internet that have opened up politics to new voices but also allowed the flowering of violent extremist groups. Australia this month threatened prison time for tech workers in a law it passed to fight violent imagery online. The British government has proposed a new internet regulator that could fine senior managers if they don't meet a "duty of care" to users, while Europe has moved forward with proposals for stricter regulation of both terrorist content and copyrighted material. Singapore is considering a law that would penalize tech companies that publish falsehoods, … [Read more...] about Foreign governments are fed up with social media — and threatening prison for tech employees
By Washington Post PUBLISHED: March 24, 2019 at 12:30 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2019 at 7:39 am By Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg, (c) 2019, The Washington Post As most of the world condemned last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, a contrary story line emerged on 8chan, the online message board where the alleged shooter had announced the attack and urged others to continue the slaughter. “who should i kill?” one anonymous poster wrote. “I have never been this happy,” wrote another. “I am ready. I want to fight.” To experts in online extremism, the performance echoed another brand of terrorism – that carried out by Islamic militants who have long used the Web to mobilize followers and incite violence. Their tone, tactics and propaganda were eerily similar. The biggest difference was their ambitions: a white-supremacist uprising, instead of a Muslim caliphate. As Facebook, YouTube and other tech companies raced to contain the sounds and … [Read more...] about 8chan looks like a terrorist recruiting site after the New Zealand shooting. Should the government treat it like one?
A specialist unit set up last year to monitor and combat “fake news” and disinformation online is set to continue operating after its pilot phase was deemed a success by the Government. The Rapid Response Unit, which is based across the Cabinet Office and Number Ten, has secured funding to continue its work for the foreseeable future after launching in April 2018. The team – dubbed the “fake news unit” by the media – monitors online trends and decides the best way to respond to “stories of concern” with a Government and public services link.When the Times reported last year that murder rates in London had outstripped those in New York for the first time, the RRU took action to “prevent panic” in the face of what it said were “alarmist news stories”.It pushed out content on social media to “rebalance the narrative and reassure those most engaged with the topic”, Government communications director Alex … [Read more...] about Government’s ‘fake news unit’ secures funding to continue battle against disinformation online
President Donald Trump has found a strongman he does not like: Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro. Trump’s forceful stance against Maduro stands in contrast with his position toward other authoritarians. As Trump denounces Maduro, he’s simultaneously embracing another controversial leader in the region: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. There is a distinct contradiction between President Donald Trump’s forceful repudiation of Nicolas Maduro’s authoritarianism in Venezuela alongside his warm embrace of Jair Bolsonaro – the region’s newest strongman in Brazil. As Venezuela descends into further chaos as a result of Maduro’s inept, callous policies that have led to economic collapse and mayhem on the country’s streets, Trump has taken the opportunity to work with allies to undermine his authority. Earlier this week, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself the country’s interim president as protests … [Read more...] about Trump is decrying Maduro’s authoritarianism in Venezuela as he simultaneously embraces the region’s newest strongman in Brazil