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Twitter Diplomacy: A Brief Analysis
May 11, 2023

Twitter Diplomacy: A Brief Analysis

In the past few years, Twitter has served as a versatile form of political public square for domestic and world affairs. The use of Twitter, largely propelled by the prominence of social media in the current environment for the discharge of diplomatic functions, has become an integral part of contemporary international relations. Indeed, Twitter has created its own form of diplomacy by incorporating itself to augment traditional diplomatic functi

India’s Gender Digital Divide: Women and Politics on Twitter
Oct 29, 2015

India’s Gender Digital Divide: Women and Politics on Twitter

This study explores the spatial politics of Othering and whether women aremarginalized in political conversations online in India. It's methodology consists of an analysis of23,350 tweets over an eight-day period. It shows a significant underrepresentation of women inTwitter's political conversations, which mirrors a real-world marginalization of women in India'spolitical processes.

Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter
Aug 28, 2014

Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for using social media to address the public directly has apparently caused a rift within India's mainstream press.

Risk Communication, Omicron & Twitter: Learnings from South Africa
Jan 17, 2022

Risk Communication, Omicron & Twitter: Learnings from South Africa

Focusing on agency and self-efficacy of people, encouraging risk communication at local levels, showing coordination among authorities, and focusing o

After US cyber revelations, China looks inwards
Sep 09, 2014

After US cyber revelations, China looks inwards

China has been cracking down on US companies for a while and the pressure has intensified after revelations that many of them have collaborated with the NSA to spy on the Internet. Google is virtually persona non grata in China now, as are Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Big Tech: The phony knight of democracy
Feb 18, 2022

Big Tech: The phony knight of democracy

The titans of tech evade regulations on the ground of free speech as they rake in profit from misinformation in host countries, while complying to sim

Can competition tools fix social media?
Oct 13, 2021

Can competition tools fix social media?

Replacing tech authoritarianism with state overreach will only exacerbate problems plaguing social media platforms

China-Japan-Korea:Tangled Relationships
Aug 11, 2023

China-Japan-Korea:Tangled Relationships

Territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea and between Japan and South Korea over the Takeshima/Dokdo islands in the Sea of Japan have,particularly in the second half of 2012, given rise to concerns about peace and security in North East Asia. Territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea and between Japan and South Korea over the Takes

Community Driven Development in Developing Countries
Aug 11, 2023

Community Driven Development in Developing Countries

This paper highlights the increasing importance of Community Driven Development (CDD) in the delivery of public services to the poorest sections and enhancing access, voice and accountability in developing countries. Community participation in the delivery of ‘public services’ to the poorest sections of the population in developing countries has often been regarded as an effective mechanism to enhance access, voice and accountability.

History of the internet and the future of inclusive communities: A case study
Oct 18, 2021

History of the internet and the future of inclusive communities: A case study

Delving into the future of the Web and going beyond traditional social media platforms to study the new inclusive platforms of the future

Home Enquiry and the Rehabilitation of Trafficking Survivors
Dec 02, 2015

Home Enquiry and the Rehabilitation of Trafficking Survivors

Human traffcking remains a highly acute issue in India and rehabilitation efforts must be stepped up to make sure that those rescued from these hazardous situations are given a chance to rejoin mainstream society. However, various loopholes exist in the judicial and executive processes involved in the country’s rehabilitation systems. This paper describes such problems evident in the process of home enquiry for the rescued victims: fraugh

India elections and the social media
May 21, 2014

India elections and the social media

India's online population is small as compared to its offline population - about 213 million users to 1.2 billion people - but it is growing. Though these figures expand and contract depending on whom you ask, we do know that 33 million are on Twitter and Facebook has hit the 100 million-user mark.

Koo’s chirps won't silence the blue bird
Feb 25, 2021

Koo’s chirps won't silence the blue bird

Koo and Parler or Gab are operating under different socio-cultural contexts with differing implications on how users understand and utilise social med

Nepal’s Continuing Quest for Federalism and Peace
Aug 11, 2023

Nepal’s Continuing Quest for Federalism and Peace

This paper analyses the debate surrounding federal restructuring in Nepal and the position taken by various political stakeholders. It argues that an early political consensus on federalism is imperative; otherwise, the country may slip into greater ethnic conflict. Nepal is currently experiencing perhaps one of the most turbulent phases in its contemporary political history. In 2008, Nthe 240-year-old institution of monarchy—for long seen a

Reinforcing global and Indian democracy
Mar 16, 2022

Reinforcing global and Indian democracy

The emergence of ‘Surveillance capitalism' has tarnished the quality and undermined the principles of democracy all around the world

Renewable Energy: Market and Policy Environment in India
Nov 12, 2013

Renewable Energy: Market and Policy Environment in India

This Paper outlines the potential of renewable energy in addressing India's energy supply and access; it identifies challenges and provide a discursive overview of the various market and policy instruments developed to scale up renewable energy generation. India’s significant economic growth over the last decade has led to an inexorable rise in energy demand. Currently, India faces a Ichallenging energy shortage. To grow at 9 per cent over t

Republican divide: Testing limits of anti-wokeness in the US
Jun 02, 2023

Republican divide: Testing limits of anti-wokeness in the US

By striking a balance between conservative principles and wider appeal, DeSantis could position the party for electoral success in 2024

Rise of Microblogs in China – A Challenge and an Opportunity
Apr 14, 2023

Rise of Microblogs in China – A Challenge and an Opportunity

“The more the number of people, the stronger we are” Mao Zedong In recent years microblogs have emerged as a serious challenge for the Chinese government as they have become an effective means for common citizens to voice their opinions. With more and more citizens joining this new and still emerging media, the Chinese State is doing all it can to curtail freedom of expression. Although the government is trying to have absolute control over

Risk or Reward? – The Impact of Private Security Contractors and Militias in Afghanistan
Aug 11, 2023

Risk or Reward? – The Impact of Private Security Contractors and Militias in Afghanistan

To supplement the still lagging Afghan and ISAF security capabilities, alternative structures have been used or created, especially in rural or hard-to-reach areas. Two important groups among these are private security contractors (PSCs) and 'community defence' organisations or local militias. This paper assesses the impact of these entities on Afghan stability. Beginning March 19, 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, drawing both material an

Social Media and Political Leaders: An Exploratory Analysis
Jul 21, 2023

Social Media and Political Leaders: An Exploratory Analysis

Politicians have always used the media to communicate with the electorate. What makes social media unique is the scale, speed, and minimal cost at which leaders can do this task. This paper analyses the relationship between political leaders and the microblogging site, Twitter. It provides a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the use of Twitter by two contemporary Indian political leaders—Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. It describ

The epic big tech hearing: five highlights
Aug 01, 2020

The epic big tech hearing: five highlights

Inside Big Tech companies whose products have seeped into the lives of billions of customers, the idea of the audience as patterns on a flickering scr

The essence of cognitive warfare: Focusing the lens toward Chinese strategies
Apr 08, 2024

The essence of cognitive warfare: Focusing the lens toward Chinese strategies

China has employed cognitive warfare tactics to sway the opinions and beliefs of the Taiwanese public without resorting to direct military confrontati

The future of the battle for minds
Jan 15, 2022

The future of the battle for minds

The use of cognitive warfare by states showcases that a new avenue for contestation has emerged

The Jihadi Factor in India-Pakistan Peace Process
May 01, 2006

The Jihadi Factor in India-Pakistan Peace Process

The India-Pakistan peace process, punctuated with -uctuating waves of optimism and anxiety, has completed three years, and it is appropriate, and timely, to review whether the primary On April 22, 2003 the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, told the Indian Parliament that India was unilaterally opening “the doors for talks” with Pakistan. The offer was based on two simple premises: one, that Pakistan would stop cross-border in

The new bipolarity: Myth or reality?
May 31, 2018

The new bipolarity: Myth or reality?

There are growing tensions between countries traditionally considered partners. For those who love binaries — is this the new bipolarity?

The Telangana trouble
Aug 14, 2013

The Telangana trouble

With newer forms of identities taking over the older ones and parochialism and regional chauvinism becoming the new lingo of identity in the age of Twitter and Facebook, time is now ripe for a serious debate on reorganisation of States in India. The country can no longer afford to postpone this serious public policy issue.

The time to counter Trojan horses
Dec 30, 2014

The time to counter Trojan horses

The Mehdi Masroor Biswas case has exposed our intelligence preparedness to fight cyber terrorism. Our intelligence agencies were not able to identify the owner of @shamiwitness Twitter account because of a spoofed IP address. Laughable, if it were not a matter of national security.

चीनची रणनीती ‘कॉग्निटिव्ह वॉरफेअर’ची
Apr 26, 2024

चीनची रणनीती ‘कॉग्निटिव्ह वॉरफेअर’ची

प्रत्यक्ष लष्करी कारवाई न करता तैवानमधील जनमत आणि विश्व�

जगाच्या पटावर भारताची खेळी महत्त्वाची
Oct 17, 2019

जगाच्या पटावर भारताची खेळी महत्त्वाची

भारत आणि अमेरिका या उभय देशांमधील संबंधांबाबतच्या गेल्या अनेक महिन्यांतील नकारात्मक बातम्यांनंतर पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी यांचा दोन आठवड्यांपूर्वी झालेला अमेरिकी दौ

ट्विटर के 'सरकार' को भारत सरकार का आदेश फेल होगा, बात बेकार
May 26, 2021

ट्विटर के 'सरकार' को भारत सरकार का आदेश फेल होगा, बात बेकार

भारत सरकार ने ट्विटर के ‘सरकार’ को अपनी मनमर्ज़ी चलाने क�

बिखराव भीतर बिखराव बाहर — ट्विटर पर चलता घमासान
Feb 18, 2021

बिखराव भीतर बिखराव बाहर — ट्विटर पर चलता घमासान

ORF हिंदी के इंडियाज़ वर्ल्ड में इस हफ़्ते संजय जोशी और नग़�

भारत के हित में नहीं रूस-चीन की दोस्ती
Oct 28, 2023

भारत के हित में नहीं रूस-चीन की दोस्ती

भारत को यह सुनिश्चित करना होगा कि रूस के रुख में एक संतुलन

सड़क से होकर ट्वीटर तक का सफ़र: सरकारों को जगाने में ऑनलाइन आंदोलन कितने प्रभावी?
Sep 17, 2020

सड़क से होकर ट्वीटर तक का सफ़र: सरकारों को जगाने में ऑनलाइन आंदोलन कितने प्रभावी?

'सुविधापूर्ण' अथवा 'आलस्यपूर्ण' जैसी आलोचना का शिकार होने

सोशल मीडिया ऐप ‘कू’ की चहक से ट्विटर को कितना ख़तरा?
Jun 29, 2021

सोशल मीडिया ऐप ‘कू’ की चहक से ट्विटर को कितना ख़तरा?

डोनाल्ड ट्रंप के शासन काल के दौरान बड़ी संख्या में सोशल म�