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By NS Ramnath
Published: 29, Nov 2012

I have been with Forbes India since August 2008. I like writing about ideas, events and people at the intersection of business, society and technology. Prior, I was with Economic Times. I am based in Bangalore. Email:



Section 66A of IT Act Mahesh Murthy, Principal/Founder at Passionfund captured the absurdity of Section 66A in a column in Hindustan Times. It “can jail you for three years if you post, and I quote, “information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character”. And the person who defines this offensiveness or menacing character? Not a judge or a magistrate, but anybody who feels so. A girl happens to mention on Facebook that one shouldn't shut down cities when politicians die. A Shiv Sena pramukh takes objection — he calls and threatens her, sends goons to break down her uncle’s hospital, complains to the local police — and they arrest her while letting the goons off. This is basically what it’s about. Using 66A to intimidate into silence.”

Pranesh Prakash, a policy director at the Centre for Internet and Society suggests (in Mint) fixing the IT Act and its rules. The first step would be to form a committee with “adequate representation from senior lawyers, Internet policy organizations, government and industry... to review and suggest revisions to the IT Act,” he says.


Tip of the day: Workflowy
If you haven’t tried Workflowy, you should. It’s probably the best tool I have come across to take notes, organize thoughts, make to do lists, collaborate, etc. It’s simple and flexible - lending itself to a range of uses. It works well on PCs, mobile and tablets. Try it.


Also of interest:

  • Young teens in U.S. use mobile devices for homework | Reuters
    Smartphones were used at home for schoolwork by 39 percent of 11 to 14 year olds, 31 percent of those surveyed said they did assignments on a tablet while nearly 65 percent used laptops, the poll by research firm TRU, which specializes in data on tweens, teens and twenty-somethings, showed.


  • Hewlett-Packard Credit Rating Cut by Moody’s on Competition | Bloomberg
    Moody’s cut the company’s long-term credit ratings to Baa1, three levels above junk, from A3, the credit-rating company said in a statement. Its outlook is negative.


  • Mind-Controlled Artificial Limbs Fusing Man and Machine Coming Next Year | Wired Science
    “This technology can then become a reality for lots of people. We want to leave the lab and become part of the patients’ everyday life. If the first operations this winter are successful, we will be the first research group in the world to make ‘thought-controlled prostheses’ a reality for patients to use in their daily activities, and not only inside research labs.”


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