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Facebook And YouTube Ban Reversed – A Big Win For Freedom Of Speech In Pakistan.

In Human Rights, India, Technology on June 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Generally Pakistan is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Here is one story that needs wider exposure in mainstream media than it is getting.

We can’t have peace and a stable Pakistan if all we hear coming out of Pakistan is news of terrorism, the Taliban and hardline Muslims denouncing what the rest of us believe is freedom of choice. We must celebrate the positive news that comes out of there as well.

A Pakistan court on Monday lifted a ban on Facebook, two weeks after it was blocked when a member of the social networking site used it to host a competition to draw images of the prophet Mohammad. (Full post at Financial Times)


The World We Live In – Social Media Revolution.

In India, Technology, Viral Videos on May 19, 2010 at 7:29 am

Pretty solid case for jumping on the social media bullet train. Unless you are one of those that believe 68.7% of statistics are made up on the spot.

9 Things To Do If You Friend Your Kid On Facebook.

In Family, India, Technology on May 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

Mashable says 48% of parents friend their kids on Facebook. That’s a pretty cool stat isn’t it? A stat that shows a healthy number of parents and kids trusting each other.

So if you are among the 48%, here are 9 kid-friendly Facebookiquette things to do:

  1. Watch your own posts. Keep them kid friendly, inspirational and uncontroversial.
  2. Don’t Facebook stalk with relentless commenting and tracking your kid’s every move.
  3. Take a moment to post an encouraging message on their wall once in a while.
  4. DO NOT say things that would embarrass or humiliate them in front of their friends.
  5. STAY OUT of their gossip or kid chatter. It’s not your place.
  6. But, if you see signs of bullying or harmful gossip in #5 take a moment to have a conversation about it over dinner.
  7. Don’t friend their friends. That’s just creepy.
  8. Use your Facebook privacy features wisely.
  9. As in life, remember you are the parent not a friend. There’s a big difference between being a cool parent and a BFF.

If you’re not among the 48%, give it a try. It is a lot of fun and very healthy thing to do.

Mayapuri Radioactive Waste Came From Delhi University, Not Imported Scrap.

In India, Technology on April 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

It wasn’t scrap imported from foreign countries as the NY Times suggested, but waste that came from the Delhi University which runs nuclear physics courses. Of course, it gets better…the University has supposedly buried 20 kilograms of radioactive waste in a pit on campus!

Add the incident to the list of the number of apologies, moral responsibilities accepted and inquiries launched.  None of which will help the three victims in critical condition, and one that has succumbed from exposure.

5 Tips To Successful Blogging We Learned In Year 1.

In Education, India, Technology on April 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

5 things we learned and intend to perfect in our second year:

#5Read Read Read and be inspired – we read hundreds of blogs and news sources, and these 3 rank highest on our ‘we aspire to be’ list – Andrew Sullivan for his objectivity, range and sheer damn good writing; Amit Verma at India Uncut for his biting humor and fearless Indian blogging; and Kottke for fresh and interesting ideas.

#4Be consistent – post regularly if you want people to come back.

#3Be fearless and confident in your opinions.

#2Be supportive – when you find a blog you like, post a comment in support.

#1Be curious – live to learn.