A patron saint of the internet?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 3, 2020 / The Focus


News that a nerdy Italian teenager is close to achieving sainthood shows that the Catholic church may be busy with a great act of brand repositioning — appealing to the young and staying relevant to the moment. The Vatican has credited Carlo Acutis, who died from leukemia in 2006, with a miraculous healing. A Brazilian boy recovered … Continue reading “A patron saint of the internet?”

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India’s internet gag in Kashmir has completed 105 days

by Rashmee

Posted on November 18, 2019


India’s internet gag completed 105 days on Sunday, November 17. The Wire’s Mudasir Ahmed reported the milestone – if 105 days can be called a milestone, being neither a nice round number, nor particularly memorable. But the report came in the context of a different sort of milestone – Kashmir’s local government departments were restive. … Continue reading “India’s internet gag in Kashmir has completed 105 days”

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The worldwide web doesn’t really span the globe anymore

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2019


On April 22, Amazon announced that it would, for all practical purposes, shut down operations in China. Many see a significance that goes beyond a business decision by a commercial entity. According to Axios, it’s “another step in a reorganization of the world into two distinct, digitally driven universes.” The online world is being “rebordered”, … Continue reading “The worldwide web doesn’t really span the globe anymore”

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Censorship of the web is already a worldwide norm, not the exception

by Rashmee

Posted on September 5, 2018 / The National


When Facebook and Twitter face US congressmen’s questions today (September 5) about policing online content, the tech giants won’t be able to prove they work to the Goldilocks principle. Is what they serve up like our heroine’s porridge — not too hot, not too cold, but just right? Are the tech titans doing too little to police … Continue reading “Censorship of the web is already a worldwide norm, not the exception”

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Why Tim Berners-Lee’s call for a Magna Carta for the internet may not work

by Rashmee

Posted on January 25, 2016


Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world’s first web page more than 25 years ago, wants a Magna Carta for the internet. He’s been telling the World Economic Forum in Davos that it’s time all Net-users were guaranteed complete freedom – by governments everwhere. It’s not something he’s thought up this week. Last … Continue reading “Why Tim Berners-Lee’s call for a Magna Carta for the internet may not work”

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Not an April Fool joke: This tiny device is like a hi-tech Jeeves

by Rashmee

Posted on April 1, 2015


A projector that looks like a lightbulb and can be screwed into a lamp? That’s about the size of it. Beam screws into any standard light fixture, can project a hi-res image up to 120 inches in size and doesn’t need the tangle of power cables. If all goes well, they should be available from … Continue reading “Not an April Fool joke: This tiny device is like a hi-tech Jeeves”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK