Cyber Democracy

The second season of Cyber Democracy podcast focuses on understanding how technology is a site for gendered politics in India. Through conversations with female and trans-queer grassroots practitioners, the podcast will discuss how our gender and intersectional identities shape our experiences of and engagements with technologies and the Internet.

Show Host: Radhika Radhakrishnan

Season 1

What does Democracy mean in this age of cyber? How does the government benefit from the sale of our data? What is data economy? And does the internet give us the right to be forgotten? These and many more questions will be discussed, debated and answered in Cyber Democracy, a new podcast offering from Suno India.

Show Host: Srinivas Kodali

Season 2

S2E3: Digital Platformisation of Domestic Work

S2E3: Digital Platformisation of Domestic Work

The rise of the gig economy and its digital mediation has led to various online platforms for workers. Some such platforms are targeted towards domestic workers. In India, domestic workers…

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S2E2: Technology-mediated exclusion for social protection schemes for women

S2E2: Technology-mediated exclusion for social protection schemes for women

An important way to ensure that health pandemics do not turn into socio-economic crises is through social protection, which ensures that the livelihoods of the poor and marginalised remain protected.…

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S2E1: Gendered access to Internet at home during COVID-19

S2E1: Gendered access to Internet at home during COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit India, and a national lockdown was ordered, we were pushed back into the space of our homes. Because of this, our ability to survive and…

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Season 1

Future of Labour Post COVID-19: Part 3

Future of Labour Post COVID-19: Part 3

COVID has accelerated automation of labour and has forced monitoring of workers and their bodies. This excessive collection of data of labour not only brings in the question of violations…

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Future of Labour Post COVID-19: Part 2

Future of Labour Post COVID-19: Part 2

COVID has accelerated automation of labour and has forced monitoring of workers and their bodies. This excessive collection of data of labour not only brings in the question of violations…

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Future of Labour Post COVID-19: Part 1

Future of Labour Post COVID-19: Part 1

COVID has accelerated automation of labour and has forced monitoring of workers and their bodies. This excessive collection of data of labour not only brings in the question of violations…

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Episode 19 – The Great Chinese Block

Episode 19 – The Great Chinese Block

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a press release to ban around 59 prominent Chinese mobile applications from both Android and iOS app marketplace within under 69A…

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Episode 18 – Digital Pipe Dreams

Episode 18 – Digital Pipe Dreams

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has recently started holding consultations on a whitepaper titled “National Open Digital Ecosystem” or NODE.The aim of the consultation process is to come…

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Episode 17 – Tindering with Bumble & Hinge

Episode 17 – Tindering with Bumble & Hinge

With the COVID-19 lockdowns and the dearth of meeting people in real world, several people are exploring options for date online. While dating apps like tinder and bumble have been…

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Episode 16 – Boots on the ground need of the hour, not more apps- Part 2

Episode 16 – Boots on the ground need of the hour, not more apps- Part 2

In this episode of the Cyber Democracy, Suno India editor Padma Priya and Cyber Democracy host Srinivas Kodali continue exploring more about surveillance architecture, including contact tracing and the lack…

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Episode 15 – Boots on the ground need of the hour, not more apps- Part 1

Episode 15 – Boots on the ground need of the hour, not more apps- Part 1

The Indian government launched Arogya Setu app, saying that it could be an effective solution to combat COVID-19.  Lately, the terms ‘contact tracing’ and ‘disease surveillance’ are being used widely.…

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Episode 14 – Switching off the Internet

Episode 14 – Switching off the Internet

It has become clear that without internet, the world would not have been able to be under lock down because of corona virus and carried out any work from home.…

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Episode 13 – Aarogya Setu: Contact Tracing & Privacy

Episode 13 – Aarogya Setu: Contact Tracing & Privacy

Cyber Democracy podcast was on a mid-season break. We are back now with some bonus episodes. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen unprecedented steps being taken by countries across the…

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Episode 12 – Muting the Internet

Episode 12 – Muting the Internet

The internet enabled new content to be created and distributed as there was no regulation over the content. Over the years government has been trying to regulate the internet and…

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Episode 11 – Mechanical Birds

Episode 11 – Mechanical Birds

Since 2010 with the launch of Parrot AR, drones have become consumer technology and are being used everywhere from movie shootings, wedding videography and scientific activity like mapping. The ability…

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Episode 10 – People’s Movement to Save the Internet

Episode 10 – People’s Movement to Save the Internet

The internet was built by people, they made it there home and used it to teach people skills and spread knowledge. Several individuals grew up with internet, they knew the…

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Episode 9 – Midnight Machines

Episode 9 – Midnight Machines

Technology has always been political, people developing the technology or promoting it have influenced it everywhere. India is no different to this paradigm, our first prime minister Nehru influenced it…

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Episode 8 – Turning Missed Calls into Votes

Episode 8 – Turning Missed Calls into Votes

Cambridge Analytica is popularly known to influence voters across the world, including US elections of 2016 and UK leave EU referendum, using personal data. It is said Cambridge Analytica had…

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Episode 7 – Mother database, National Population Register

Episode 7 – Mother database, National Population Register

The National Population Register was designed to be maintained by Registrar General of India and was subsequently linked to Census 2011 and carried out along with it by the Register…

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Episode 6 – The All Seeing Eye

Episode 6 – The All Seeing Eye

Across India there are reports coming in about use of facial recognition systems to track people assembling to protest against the citizenship amendment act. Indian Express has reported the Delhi…

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Episode 5 – Personal Data Protection Bill – What does it mean for your right to privacy?

Episode 5 – Personal Data Protection Bill – What does it mean for your right to privacy?

The much awaited personal data protection bill for India has been introduced in the parliament last week. After appointing a committee lead by Justice Shri Krishna for framing the law,…

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Episode 4 – Data of the People, by the People and for the People

Episode 4 – Data of the People, by the People and for the People

Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, the Minister for Road Transport and Highways has revealed that the government is selling personal data related to vehicle registration and driving licenses…

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Episode 3 – Safety Trouble

Episode 3 – Safety Trouble

Last week the country was shocked to hear about the rape and murder of a young veterinary doctor in Hyderabad. The Home Minister of the Telangana blamed the victim for…

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Episode 2 – Bugs in Cyberspace

Episode 2 – Bugs in Cyberspace

In cyberspace, a bug is an error in a software program which may cause a malfunction like shutting down systems or behave in an unintended manner. Across the world, security…

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Episode 1 – FASTag Conundrum

Episode 1 – FASTag Conundrum

The Ministry of Road Transports and Highways recently notified all national highway toll plazas to dedicate all lanes except one cashless lanes using FastTag. The Ministry is effectively making FastTag…

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