Nations need to take a bespoke and multi-faceted approach to online regulation

by Rashmee

Posted on May 14, 2019 / The National


Social media possesses immense power to influence our societies. Now, a number of countries are searching for ways to rein it in In the name of fighting “fake news”, Singapore recently passed a law that requires websites and social media apps to remove content the government deems false or “against the public interest”, and to … Continue reading “Nations need to take a bespoke and multi-faceted approach to online regulation”

Read More

Is social media getting too much blame when things go wrong?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 29, 2018


Elections. The Arab Spring. Racism. Populism. Rumours, vile as they come. Hatred towards ‘the other’. Social media is now routinely identified as the key driver of almost everything. And its influence is not just seen to throw up negative tsunamis. Book sales, charity fundraisers, GoFundMe campaigns, missing person notifications, traffic reports, solidarity with cities that … Continue reading “Is social media getting too much blame when things go wrong?”

Read More

So, now we know. #Facebook friends aren’t real friends

by Rashmee

Posted on November 20, 2018


Enormously impressed by Florida highest court. It’s ruled on something people should know, except that sometimes they don’t. Facebook friends aren’t real friends. Unless they already are, in real life. The common sense ruling, issued on November 15, was in the context of judge-lawyer relationships. Could a judge hear a case if the lawyer arguing … Continue reading “So, now we know. #Facebook friends aren’t real friends”

Read More

As scandal-hit Zuckerberg prepares to face a grilling in the US Senate, what counts as fact in a world of fake news?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 10, 2018 / The National


Facebook’s founder is testifying before US legislators but it is doubtful the real questions will be asked or answered: do most people have an inherent problem with facts? Should Facebook, the world’s largest social network, be obligated to actively promote “factfulness” along with conversation? These are timely questions. Factfulness is the title of the late … Continue reading “As scandal-hit Zuckerberg prepares to face a grilling in the US Senate, what counts as fact in a world of fake news?”

Read More

The story of Alfred Nobel should sound a warning for Zuckerberg and his legacy

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2018 / The National


The story goes that Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was so mortified by an obituary mistakenly run about him by a French newspaper that he  tried to make amends to society by endowing five international prizes for excellence , including one for peace. What was it about the obit that hit Nobel so hard?  Le marchand de … Continue reading “The story of Alfred Nobel should sound a warning for Zuckerberg and his legacy”

Read More

How to make Twitter the world’s most successful company. A pay-to-tweet plan?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 1, 2017


I’ve been wondering for months what would happen to @realdonaldtrump if Twitter folded up. Would he get into a frightful sulk? Would he shrivel into himself? Might he start it up again and turn it into a success, rather contradicting the Donald Trump business model of bluster and bankruptcy? Who knows? But perhaps it won’t … Continue reading “How to make Twitter the world’s most successful company. A pay-to-tweet plan?”

Read More

Why do we put so much expectation on Facebook?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 22, 2016 / The National


When the year draws to a close, Facebook will begin its second decade as a free service for anyone aged 13 or older in almost every part of the world. Some might fervently hope it never gets to its 30th birthday, or at least not like Atlas, carrying the world on its shoulders. Facebook, a … Continue reading “Why do we put so much expectation on Facebook?”

Read More

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