Category Archives: Editors’ Picks

Editors’ Picks (05/05/2015)

1) Facebook’s Internet.Org is a privacy nightmare, Nikhil Pahwa,  Medianama.

2) How ICANN pressures net engineers to give it behind-the-scenes control of the web, Kieren McCarthy, The Register.

3) Appearing happy on Facebook may be used against you in a court of law, Amanda Hess, Slate.

4) Online fact checking tool gets a big test with Nepal earthquake, Mike Orcutt, Technology Review.

5) IP in a world without scarcity, Mark A. Lemley, SSRN.

6) Despite a startup boom in India, regulatory challenges are spooking entrepreneurs, Madhura Karnik, Quartz.

7) Can the government license OTT?, Rahul Matthan, Medium.

Editors’ Picks (22/3/15)

1. Dot wants to be the Wikipedia of location mapping, Napier Lopez, TheNextWeb.

2. Hardware Designs Should be Made Free: Here’s How to Do It, Richard Stallman, WIRED.

3. Humans: The Next Platform, Geoffrey Woo, TechCrunch.

4. Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949), OpenCulture.

Editor’s Picks (08/03/2015)

1) Anatomy of a Hack, Russell Brandom, The Verge.

2) Documentary on 2012 Delhi gang rape banned in India, Nikita Doval, Live Mint.

3) Opinion: The FCC’s Net Neutrality victory is anything but, Geoffrey A. Manne, Wired.

4) Facebook post written in Florida lands US man in United Arab Emirates jail, David Kravets, Ars Technica.

5) Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal, Rex Santus, Mashable.

Editors’ Picks (02/03/15)

1) Defining Offensive: SC reserves verdict on pleas against 66A of IT Act, First Post.

2) Net Neutrality activists score landmark victory in fight to govern the Internet, Dominic Rushe, The Guardian.

3) Snapdeal has just been taken to court for selling vibrators, Manu Balachandran, Quartz India.

4) How the Military will fight ISIS on the dark web, Patrick Tucker, Defense One.

5) The Dark Web, anarchy, law, freedom and anonymity, Mark Stockley, Naked Security.

6) Online Intermediaries in India, Chinmayi Arun & Sarvjeet Singh, Social Science Research Network.

7) How cards are quietly transforming the web, Robert Fan, Tech Crunch.

8) I spent 2 hours in a virtual world – and I didn’t want to leave, Taylor Hatmaker,  Daily Dot.

Editor’s Note: We would like to announce with great pleasure that one of our TLF’s own posts – “Intermediary Liability – An Explanation” by Kartik Chawla,  has found mention in the 2014 Web Index, published by the World Wide Web Foundation (the world’s first measure of the World Wide Web’s contribution to social, economic and political progress in countries across the world). The citation is in the ‘Copyright and Intermediate Liability’ head.

Editors’ Picks (17/02/15)

1) The great Internet swindle: ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Jon Henley, The Guardian.

2) Google boss warns of ‘forgotten century’ with e-mails and photos at risk, Ian Sample, The Guardian.

3) Can Twitter fix its harassment problems without losing its soul? Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review.

4) Millions of Facebook users have no idea they are using the Internet, Leo Mirani, Quartz.

5) Digital India Programme: Government rolls out beta version of ‘digital locker’, Neha Alawadhi, The Economic Times.

6) Aaron Swartz stood up for freedom and fairness – and was hounded to his death, John Naughton, The Guardian.

7) Twitter reveals all it can tell you about government surveillance of users, Jenna Mclaughlin, Mother Jones.

Editors’ Picks (8/2/15)

1. We Can Now Build Autonomous Killing Machines. And That’s a Very, Very Bad Idea, Rober McMillan, WIRED.

2. Blocking online porn: who should make Constitutional decisions about freedom of speech?, Chinmayi Arun,

3. Office Puts Microchips Under Employees’ Skin, Luke Karmali, IGN.

4. Why economists are wrong about tech, Michael Baxter, The Next Web.

5. Watch Vestigen’s Project Ara Sensors Show How Modular Smartphones Could Change The World, Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch.

6. #Mufflerman vs #IronLady: it’s hashtag war in Delhi politics, Tania Goklany, Hindustan Times.

7. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality, Tom Wheeler, WIRED.

8. Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine, Josh Constine, TechCrunch.

Editors’ Picks (01/02/15)

1. Securing a future for Digital India, Arun Mohan Sukumar, The Hindu.

2. SC orders Google, Yahoo! And Microsoft to stop advertisements relating to sex determination, Apoorva Mandhani, LiveLaw.

3. Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing, Sean Gallagher, ARSTechnica.

4. The Pirate Bay is live once again,  Selena Larson, DailyDot.

Editor’s Picks (11/1/2015)

1. The Creepy ‘Black Mirror’ Universe Could Be Closer Than You Realize, Sara Bobitz. Huffington Post.

2. A Cyberattack Has Caused Confirmed Physical Damage for the Second Time Ever, Kim Zetter, Wired.

3. CES 2015: Toyota opens up hydrogen patents, BBC News.

4. Mumbai police block over 650 controversial Charlie Hebdo posts on social media,  FP Staff, FirstPost India.

5. StartupBlink maps startups, accelerators and coworking spaces around the globe, Abhimanyu Ghoshal, TheNextWeb.

6. Does the Internet of Things herald an era of digital feudalism?, G. Sampath, LiveMint.

7. Thom Yorke made as much as $20M from his BitTorrent experiment, Matthew Ingram, Gigaom.


Editors’ Picks (14/12/2014)

1. Cases that will define the contours of Free Speech over the Internet in India, CCG NLU-D,

2. Government admits that S. 66 A is prone to abuse, Supreme Court says the Section lacks guidelines, by Gaurav Pathak, LiveLaw.

3. India can do better than this luddite response to Uber, by Apar Gupta, Quartz India.

3. Surprise: Spanish Newspapers Beg Government And EU To Stop Google News Shutting Down, Glyn Moody, TechDirt.

4. The Web’s Inventor Says Affordable Internet Should Be A ‘Human Right’, by Sylvia Hui, Huffington Post.

5. Leaked email reveals secret anti-piracy meeting between Google, Sony, and Homeland Security, by Russell Brandom, The Verge.


Editors’ Picks (30/11/2014)

1. Should digital monopolies be broken up?, The Economist.

2. The Snowden effect, quantified, Alex Wilhelm, TechCrunch.

3. Facebook can gain direct access to your mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time, MPs warn, Cristopher Hope, Telegraph.

4. Steve Jobs Lives on at the Patent Office, Antonia Regaldo, MIT Technology Review.

5. EU wants Google to extend the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ globally, Stan Schroeder, Mashable.